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Full Title: International Symposium on Language Rights and Social Cohesion
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Start Date: 19-Mar-2014 - 20-Mar-2014
Contact: Judith Macaya
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The Catalan Ombudsman Office will be hosting an International Symposium on Language Rights and Social Cohesion in Plurilinguistic societies from March 19 to 20, 2014. The Symposium will take place within the framework of the 'Tricentenari BCN' Commemoration events. The year 2014 will mark the 300th anniversary of the events of September 11, 1714. The two day event includes:

- A public presentation of a report on language rights in Catalonia and an overview of the situation in Spain.
- An international conference on language rights with the participation of experts in the fields of rights and languages.


Born Centre Cultural
Pla├ža Comercial, 12 Barcelona


Registration is free and will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Seats are limited. The deadline to register is January 31, 2014.

To register for the Symposium, please call +34 933 018 075 or email gabinet@sindic.cat. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Translation
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 24.5342

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