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Full Title: Language Fair ‘Endangered Languages in Europe’

Short Title: LF2013
Location: Minde, Portugal
Start Date: 18-Oct-2013 - 19-Oct-2013
Contact: Rita Pedro
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Meeting Description: The Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLeS) cordially invites all the European minority language communities to participate in the Language Fair - a socio-cultural 2-day event which aims at getting the general public acquainted with linguistic diversity in Europe, mainly its endangered/minority languages (including those spoken by immigrants). Therefore, this event focuses on discussion and social, intercultural and scientific exchange between different communities that speak endangered/minority languages, on the promotion of their cultural and linguistic heritage, as well as on the presentation of modern bands that perform in their native languages.

There are three different ways for a community to participate in the Language Fair: with an exhibition stand, with a cultural performance or both. In this sense, each community will be able to have a stand to exhibit its own language (for instance through literary and scientific works, films, CDs, DVDs, posters, etc. excepting food), as well as to present the language in a 20-to-30-minute cultural performance (theater sketch, traditional music, cinema, dance, recitation, etc.). The bands will perform in the evening (October 18 and 19) and their performance will be part of the Endangered Languages Music Festival that will be launched during this event. The Language Fair aims above all to give the voice to the speakers of minority languages in Europe in diverse ways.

Financial support (a maximum of 300 euros, original receipts are required) will be granted to communities participating with an exhibition stand and/or a cultural performance.

The Language Fair will take place at an old textile factory in Minde - Fábrica Emídio da Silva Raposo. This factory is emblematic of the socioeconomic history of Minde and is intrinsically related to the genesis of Minderico, an endangered language (ISO 639-3 [drc]) spoken in Minde since the end of the 17th century. Minderico emerged as a sociolect, the secret language of a socio-professional group, in this case the blanket producers and traders of Minde. But it rapidly developed into a full-fledged language and became a medium of everyday communication in Minde, used by the whole community. Minderico has approximately 150 active speakers (who use the language daily) and 1000 passive speakers (those who understand the language but do not speak it); its existence is currently seriously endangered.

The Language Fair will close the general event dedicated to the endangered languages in Europe which takes place in Minde and includes the International Conference on Endangered Languages in Europe (October 17 and 18, and the Endangered Languages Music Festival (October 18 and 19).

Event Dates:

Conference: October 17-18, 2013
Language Fair: October 18-19, 2013
Endangered Languages Music Festival: October 18-19, 2013

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Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.2141

This is a session of the following meeting:
Endangered Languages in Europe

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