Activating the social use of minority languages

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Eighty experts in policy planning from regional governments, NGOs and universities from all over Europe took part in the 2nd edition of the NPLD-Coppieters Campus held on 17 and 18 October in Donostia/San Sebastian.

During two days, best practices in the field of language promotion of Regional and Minority Languages were analysed by project developers from the Basque Country, Catalonia and Wales. The programme of the Campus was divided in three main parts:

  • Analysis of Euskaraldia project to promote the use of Basque across society, developed by the Basque Government.
  • Experience on the promotion of the Catalan language in businesses thanks to programmes such as Emmarca’t and Ofercat, developed by the Consortium for Language Normalization (Government of Catalonia).
  • Experience of the Welsh Language Board (Government of Wales) dealing with the intergenerational transmission of the language.

Full programme of the Campus is available here.

The second edition of the NPLD-Coppieters Campus was co-organised by Coppieters Foundation, the Government of the Basque Country and NPLD, in collaboration with the Province of Fryslân.

See the video-summary of the Campus here.

Short interviews with some of the speakers of Campus can be found here:

  • Sietske Poepjes, NPLD’s Chair and minister of the Province of Fryslân, about the importance of promoting the social use of RMLs. See the video.
  • Iñaki Irazabalbeitia, Coppieters Foundation, on the need to promote Regional and Minority languages at a EU level. See the video.
  • Miren Doroban, Government of the Basque Country, on the Euskaraldia project results. See the video.
  • Bethan Webb, Government of Wales, on Welsh language transmission within families. See the video.
  • Joan Pujolar, Open University of Catalonia, on local language learning by newcomers. See the video.
  • Pello Jauregi, University of the Basque Country, on developing the social support to use Basque language in any social situation. See the video.
  • Carles Roselló, Consortium for Language Normalization, on promoting the use of Catalan in small businesses led by newcomers. See the video.

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