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Full Title: Minority Languages in a Multilingual Europe

Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Start Date: 13-Jun-2013 - 13-Jun-2013
Contact: Femke Swarte
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.let.rug.nl/tabudag/2013
Meeting Description: Workshop: Minority Languages in a Multilingual Europe

During TABU Dag, a workshop on minority languages in a multilingual Europe will be organised on Thursday 13 June from 13:30 until 18:00.

In Europe, 23 official languages and more than 30 regional and minority languages are spoken. The European Union considers respecting and protecting the linguistic diversity within the European Union to be one of its most prominent responsibilities, because language forms the cultural identity of its citizens. But how can this goal be achieved, with so many languages and language varieties being spoken in the European Union, the smallest of them sometimes only by around 1000 speakers? How can a minority language be maintained in a period of globalisation? Are language policies the way to maintain a minority language or can they sometimes be counterproductive? Which other factors play a role?
Linguistic Subfield: Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.512

This is a session of the following meeting:
34th TABU Dag

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