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Official European status for Papiamento on Bonaire

The Netherlands wants to recognise the Papiamento language on Bonaire as a regional language. The Kingdom Council of Ministers submitted a proposal to include Papiamento under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. According to the Minister of the Interior, there is room for application to specific areas outside Europe that are part of the territory of the contracting states and where regional or minority languages are used. Bonaire was part of the Netherlands Antilles (in the Caribbean Sea) until the country's dissolution in 2010, when the island became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands.

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Simultaneous translation from Breton into French

For the first time in the regional council of Brittany, the speeches given in Breton or Gallo by certain elected officials will be simultaneously translated into French. The trasnlations will also be provided on the website and social networks.

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'Encourage promotion mino-rity languages through AI'

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (RML) adopted a statement on the promotion of RML through artificial intelligence (AI). It encourages states to promote the inclusion of RML into research and study on AI.

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Croatian language in education in Austria


Mercator's Regional Dossiers focus on the education system in European regions that have an autochthonous lesser-used language, and on how the lesser-used language is embedded in this system. The Regional Dossiers are written according to a fixed structure so that they can be used for comparative research. The newest edition is the fully updated 'The Croatian language in education in Austria', originally compiled in 2001 by Gerhard Baumgartner and updated in 2022 by Katharina Tyran (Slavonic Studies, Universität Wien). All Regional Dossiers are free to download.

Open letter demands Irish language act

In an open letter in the daily newspaper The Irish News, more than 1000 people - including leading figures from sport, education and business - call for immediate implementation of Irish legislation. An Irish Language Act was promised in 2006.

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Honorifics: an interlinguistic and applied approach

CUSC-UB researchers Nogué, Payrató and Sendra have edited the book 'Els sistemes de tractament... (Systems of honorifics: an inter-

linguistic and applied approach)', on languages in the Iberian Peninsula and a number of Germanic, Slavic and Asian languages.

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Korrika 2022

Non-stop demonstration for Basque language: 11 days & nights and 2.500 km.

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Loanwords into Catalan and other Romance languages

CUSC-UB researcher Maria-Rosa Lloret et al. edited ‘L’adaptació de manlleus en català .. (The adaptation of loanwords into Catalan and other Romance languages)', with contributions from specialists in Romance phonology on loanword adaption strategies.

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Right to debate in Catalan in plenary sessions France

The city of Elna (El Rosselló) becomes the first municipality in northern Catalonia (France) to officially recognise the right to debate in Catalan in plenary. The city council approves the change, provided that the interventions are also translated into French.

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PJ Harvey's poetry book in Dorset dialect

British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey wrote the narrative poetry book 'Orlam' in the Dorset dialect of her home county (West Country of England). She spent six years working on it, using a 1886 Dorset glossary.

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'Helping refugees re-build career in a new country'

Mercator researchers Schukking and Kircher have published a new blogpost about the challenges faced by refugees, and what host societies can do to help them re-build their careers.

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'Immigrants responsible for decrease in usage of Catalan?'


CUSC-UB researchers Marina Massaguer Comes and Avel·lí Flors-Mas have participated in ‘La llengua dels immigrants: com sumar-los al català’ (The language of immigrants: how to help them join Catalan), a dossier published in the Catalan newspaper Ara dealing with the relationship between immigration and the usage of Catalan. Both researchers concur that the linguistic integration of immigrants is hardened by the processes of urban, economic, social and educational segregation that affect them. These processes negativey affect their chances of accessing Catalan-speaking social networks and to be recognized as full members of the Catalan speaking community.


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: deadline extended > 20 May 2022
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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