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Promotion campaign for new Frisian speakers started

People who have learned Frisian later in life, so-called “nije Fryskpraters”, only use this language very sporadically, and that is partly due to the language attitude of the traditional speakers. This emerged last year from a study conducted jointly by Ruth Kircher of the Mercator English: Mercator European Research Centre and Mirjam Vellinga of Afûk. […]

PhD researcher Nika Stefan: ‘Influence Dutch on Frisian varies’

The Frisian spoken language has a lot of variation, not only in terms of the Frisian dialects, but also in terms of the influence of Dutch. The results from research by linguist Nika Stefan (Wrocław, Poland, 1985) confirm the widespread occurrence of loan words and loan constructions in spoken Frisian and the difference with the […]

Promoting minority language use to foster revitalisation: insights from new speakers of West Frisian

People who have learned Frisian at a later age only use the language “very sporadically”. It seems very likely that they are less comfortable using the language in front of natural speakers. This is one of the results of a study into new speakers of Frisian by researchers Ruth Kircher (Mercator/Fryske Akademy), Mirjam Vellinga (Afûk) […]

Succesfull WikiWomen Bootcamp in Donostia

From the 27th to the 30th of June, high school teachers and education workers from Fryslân, Ireland and the Basque country traveled to the Basque country for Wikipedia trainings and meetings for the WikiWomen project. During this week, our partners from Euskal Wikilarien Kultura Elkartea and Wikimedia Community taught the teachers and education workers all […]

Elin Haf Gruffydd-Jones new president of ELEN

ELEN member organizations from across Europe gathered in Santiago de Compostela, Galiza, over the weekend of 12-13 November for ELEN’s annual General Assembly, hosted by A Mesa pola Normalización Lingüística in the splendid surroundings of the Museo do Pobo Galego. The meeting was held using a hybrid format with many members, speakers and observers participating […]

NewsSpectrum Fellowship for minority-language media opens first call for applications

The International Press Institute (IPI) and MIDAS announced at April 12, the first call for applications for the NewsSpectrum Fellowship. The fellowship is open to journalists and other media professionals working for minority-language media in the EU (including Roma and migrant languages) and aims to encourage working partnerships between minority- and majority-language news outlets. Deadline […]