The First Mercator International Symposium on European Minority Languages and Research: Shaping an A
|Event Date/Time: Apr 08, 2003||End Date/Time: Apr 10, 2003|
|Abstract Submission Date: Jan 06, 2003|
|Paper Submission Date: Mar 17, 2003|
A substantial corpus of research and documentation now exists on various aspects of minority languages, conducted by those working in linguistic, sociolinguistic and other disciplines, as well as those directly concerned with language revitalisation and promotion. To what extent does this exisiting corpus supply needs on the part of minority language speakers and communities and how far does it facilitate the process of language revitalisation and normalisation? What are the principal lacunae in the current research and information provision and what are the priorities for their development?
This two-day symposium will take a wide-ranging look at the research and information agenda for minority languages in the global age, pinpointing priorities in the fields of academic research and dissemination of information and awareness around European minority languages. It will be an opportunity for participants to present their own most recent work and to indicate what they see as the cutting edge of research and information activity in their fields as well as the most urgent needs for further development. The discussion will also consider how the overall research and information agenda is best to be taken forward. Contributions will be welcomed from those working with minority languages in any academic discipline as well as those practically involved with these languages and their promotion in other professions. The discussion will seek to bring together academic research and language promotion, looking at how the one can supply the needs of the other.
Minority languages in this context are defined as autochthonous European languages present within their current territories since before modern times and in some way restricted in terms of their fields of use.