|Full Title:||English Spoken: the Position of English in Brussels|
|Location:||Brussels, United Kingdom|
|Start Date:||30-May-2017 - 30-May-2017|
|Meeting Email:||click here to access email|
|Meeting Description:||The research day is primarily intended to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions as a starting point for a large scale research project on English in Brussels. Attendance is free but limited and subject to registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/english-spoken-the-position-of-english-in-brussels-tickets-31021669649
Located in a Germanic dialectal area as attested by all historical toponyms, Brussels has known over the centuries an increasing influence of French that culminated in the 19th century when French became de facto the language of the newly funded Belgian state. That state of affairs discriminated against speakers of Dutch dialects, which led to claims for linguistic equality that is still being pursued through the reforms of the Belgian State. Since 1989, Brussels is officially bilingual (French-Dutch). However this status does not reflect the linguistic diversity of the capital city where over 100 languages are spoken according to the latest ''Taalbarometer'' (Janssens 2013) nor the influence of English that is the second best known language after French.
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