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Preservation of Minority cultures and languages. An entrepreneurial opportunity to embrace the past and the future

Lesser used and minority languages are in danger of extinction because the younger generations no longer speak them. In many areas, where minority languages are spoken, unemployment rates are high, especially among the young. However, due to several recent developments, knowledge of a local or minority language has become an asset instead of a hindrance for young people seeking employment. Informing young people on how to capitalize on their minority language skills can thus help them in their search for work. To reach this group, this project will focus on and develop courses for youth workers, who are well situated to advise this group.

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LangUp Project Group (Lisbon 2018)

Research theme: Multilingualism and Language learning
Duration: 01/10/2017 - 30/09/2019
Coordinating partner: CIDLeS - Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation
Mercator staff: Helga Zandberg, Cor van der Meer
Funding: Erasmus+
Collaboration with: Centro Interdisciplinar de Documentação Linguística e Social (Portugal), Asociacion Negra de Defensa y Promocion de los Derechos Humano (Peru), Agenda Global Siglo 21 (Argentina), Action Synergy (Greece)

Project Activities

In each country (Argentina, Peru, and Portugal)

  • a capacity building course for youth workers will be organised, and an e-learning course will be developed for youth workers not able to follow the regular course.
  • a study will be held to evaluate the situation and legal status of the country's minority languages,
  • cultural events to promote minority languages will be organized,
  • awareness raising videos in the minority language will be developed, with subtitles in all the languages of the partnership plus English,
  • songs in local languages will be recorded and published on the web.

All activities will be available on a project website, a Facebook page, and via many other media to disseminate the project's products beyond the project duration.


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