LINGUIST List 21.736

Thu Feb 11 2010

FYI: Launch of MERIDIUM - Multilingualism in Europe

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        1.    Valentina Seri, Launch of MERIDIUM - Multilingualism in Europe

Message 1: Launch of MERIDIUM - Multilingualism in Europe
Date: 08-Feb-2010
From: Valentina Seri <valentina.seriunistrapg.it>
Subject: Launch of MERIDIUM - Multilingualism in Europe
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MERIDIUM (Multilingualism in Europe as a Resource for Immigration DialogueInitiative among the Universities of the Mediterranean) is an internationalthree-year project aimed at studying multilingualism in Mediterranean Europe.

The project aims to be a reference point for the scientific community, forinstitutional agencies at a local and national level, for ONG agencies andimmigrants associations, which can be in turn a reference point indocumenting local practices.

You can visit the website athttp://meridium.unistrapg.it/?q=en

and subscribe Meridium newsletter at

http://meridium.unistrapg.it/?q=en/category/newsletter/meridiumunistrapgit-newsletter

We intend to study the correlation between linguistic and educationalpolicies and the development/diffusion of awareness towards multilingualismand linguistic diversity, with the aim of producing to create an integratedevaluation and of identifying to identify the relevant indicators.

The main goals of the Project are:

1.To investigate, in countries where ongoing immigration/emigration fluxesare observed, the level of awareness of, and the attitudes towards thepresence of other languages in the everyday life context, among localpopulation and migrants.

2.To describe and evaluate linguistic policies adopted in each country, ata national and/or local level, in order to obtain favourable conditions forthe linguistic integration of immigrant people.

3.To create a Study and Documentation Center about Multilingualism inMediterranean Europe, hosted by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.

The MERIDIUM project launched in 2009 is supported by a network of sevenEuropean Universities: BabeĊŸ-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca University, BrasovUniversity, Primorska University, Malta University, Lisbon UniversidadeNova, Salamanca University and Perugia University for Foreigners, whichcoordinates the Project. The six countries involved in the Project, Italy,Republic of Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, display differentdemolinguistic situations and different migratory profiles: data pertainingto each national context will be collected to draw useful comparisonsbetween policies concerning the linguistic integration of migrants. At thebeginning of the project, a Quality Control Board composed by internationalexperts has been appointed in order to assess quality standards.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission(Lifelong learning programme). This communication reflects the views onlyof the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any usewhich may be made of the information contained therein.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

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