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No Irish language legislation before assembly elections

Northern Ireland secretary Lewis has said he will not bring forward Irish language legislation before the assembly election on May 5th. This legislation was part of the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) deal, legislation that provided for, among other things, the appointment of both an Irish language commissioner and an Ulster Scots commissioner. Irish language promotion organisation Conradh na Gaeilge is bitterly disappointed, but not surprised: "Conradh na Gaeilge believes the British Government had adequate time and opportunities to bring forward this legislation since the commitment was given by SOS Brandon Lewis MP in June 2021 and that a lack of political will, rather than a lack of time, is to blame for the ongoing delay."

Read the Conradh na Gaeilge statement

Local charter for Basque language in France signed

49 mayors from the Communauté d'Agglomération du Pays Basque (France) signed a local version of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, which marks the commitment of the signatory municipalities, including Bayonne/ Baiona and Biarritz/ Miarritze, to promoting the use of Basque in several fields of public life.

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Catalan sociolinguist Miquel Strubell passed away

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Miquel Strubell. Sociolinguist Strubell published many studies on the Catalan language, as well as being an advisor for the Council of Europe and the OSCE. He was a strong advocate for the rights of small and minority language areas. A few days before he died, he wrote a 'Letter to Europe'.

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On International Women's Day (8 March), Mercator/ Fryske Akademy and it's partners from Friesland (Afûk, Learning Hub Friesland), the Basque Country (Euskal Wikilarien Kultura, Antigua-Luberri/ Gobierno Vasco) and Ireland ( Wikimedia Ireland, Coláiste Oiriall) anounced that they have received a European ErasmusPlus subsidy for the three-year project ‘WikiWomen’. The consortium is committed to using smaller language Wikipedia's as a means of teaching digital literacy, social skills and (minority) language skills to secondary school students, with a focus on biographies of women. [Group photo: Jacob van Essen / Het Hoge Noorden]

'Croatia should remedy gaps in minority language use '

The CoE’s Committee of Experts, which monitors the implementation of the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, adopted a report with recommendations for immediate action, regarding eleven minority languages in Croatia (e.g. Czech, Ruthenian and Serbian).

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Being bilingual can protect your brain from aging

Researchers at UiT Norway's Arctic University have looked at the effect that bilingualism has on the brain throughout life, and how chemistry in the brain is changed by bilingualism. It turns out that if you are bilingual, your brain can be protected against aging.

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'Minorities for Ukraine'

FUEN launched its humanitarian aid campaign  'Minorities for Ukraine'

Lingua latina

Interactive map of European languages (romanic)

'Refugees & intercultural communicative competence'

Mercator researchers Anna Fardau Schukking and Ruth Kircher have published a new open access paper about professional intercultural communicative competence and labour market integration among highly-educated refugees in the Netherlands.

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Call for Papers: 'Minority Language Policy'

From 29–31 August 2022, the Soillse conference on 'Rooting Minority Language Policy in the Speaker Community' takes place in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. It is organised by Soillse, University of the Highlands & Islands. Call for Papers is open.

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Hamburg University International Summer School

The Hamburg International Summer School on Language Diversity will take place from 11 July to 5 August 2022. It includes a research program and a supplementary program with a language course and cultural events.

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University of Groningen/ Leeuwarden Summer School

The Leeuwarden Summer School on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity will take place from 20-24 June 2022. It explores how cultural and linguistic diversity is at the base of social, economic and educational inequalities.

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Paper: 'Minority language rights to education'

A new open access publication by Mercator/ Fryske Akademy and Utrecht University researchers about minority language education in the Dutch province of Fryslân.

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Paper: 'Raising multilingual infants and toddlers'

What kinds of resources help parents support their children's multilingual development? Find out in this new paper by Mercator researcher Ruth Kircher and her colleagues from Quebec.

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CUSC-UB coordinates study on Catalan language use in schools


The Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya has commissioned Mercator Network partner CUSC-UB to carry out a study on school language use in Catalonia, with the aim of obtaining an up-to-date portrait of the linguistic reality of schools. The study will be carried out on a sample of 35,000 students from various educational stages in a total of 147 centers. The questionnaire will investigate the use of students' languages ​​both inside and outside the classroom, in order to define an accurate diagnosis of the linguistic reality of the current Catalan school.


9-10 June 2022, Groningen (Netherlands)
International Linguistics Conference TABU
Organised by Center for Language and Cognition from the University of Groningen

16-17 June 2022, Budapest (Hungary)
Rules and incentives in language policy and planning: Economic, legal, and sociolinguistic approaches
Organised by research group 'Economics, Policy Analysis and Language' (REAL)

16-17 June 2022, Rēzeknes (Latvia)
International Academic Conference 'Regional Languages in Education: from Literature towards Literacy'
Organised by Rēzekne Academy of Technologies

20-24 June 2022, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
Summer School on Cultural & Linguistic Diversity: Diversity Management for Social Justice
Organised by University of Groningen

22-24 June 2022, Granada (Spain)/ online
International Conference 'Future Challenges in Early Language Learning and Multilingual Education (ELLME2022)
Organised by Universidad de Granada

22-25 June 2022, online
17th International Conference of Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP17)
Organised by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

27-29 June 2022, Warsaw (Poland)
World Congress of Modern Languages and the Annual Conference of the Polish Association of Modern Languages
Organised by the International Federation of Language Teacher Associations, the Polish Association of Modern Languages and the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw

30 June - 1 July 2022, Oldenburg (Germany)
Small languages, big ideas (SLBI)

Organised by the Universities of Oldenburg and Groningen

13-16 July 2022, Ghent (Belgium)
Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 - Inside and beyond binaries
Organised by Ghent University

4-5 August 2022, Tromsø (Norway)
4th International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children
Organised by the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

8-12 August 2022, Koblenz (Germany)
39th International LAUD Symposium 'Multilingualism in Africa: Language contact, endangerment and cultural conceptualisation'
Organised by the University of Koblenz-Landau

25-27 August 2022, online
The Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Online Conference (LPP 2022) 

Hosted by the McGill University's Faculty of Education in Montréal (Canada)

29-31 August 2022, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (Scotland)
Soillse International Conference on Rooting Minority Language Policy in the Speaker Community
* Call for Papers: open
Hosted by Soillse, University of the Highlands and Islands

13-16 September 2022, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
2nd Conference on Frisian Humanities
Organised by Fryske Akademy, Mercator, NHLStenden, the University of Groningen, and RuG/Campus Fryslân

13-16 September 2022, Girona - Perpinyà (Spain/ France)
III International Conference on Revitalisation of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages
Organised by Universitat de Girona, Université de Perpignan – Via Domitia et Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

15-17 September 2022, Zagreb (Croatia)
12th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
Organised by University of Zagreb

6-7 October 2022, Joensuu (Finland)
International Conference on Multilingual Awareness and Multilingual Practices
* Call for Papers is open (Deadline 15 July)
Organised by University of Eastern Finland

26-30 June 2023, Sydney (Australia) - Hybrid conference
International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB14)
* Call for Symposia and Papers is open
Organised by Macquarie University

17-21 July 2023, Lyon (France)
AILA 2023
* Call for Symposia and Papers is open
Organised by ENS de Lyon

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