NPLD-Coppieters Campus 2019: Activating the Social Use of Minority Languages

Events / Thu 17 Oct 2019 09:00

The second edition of the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD)-Coppieters Campus was held in Donostia/San Sebastián on 17 and 18 October and focused on activating the social use of minority languages. The Campus aims to attract representatives of Constitutional, Regional or Small-State’s languages having responsibility in language policy planning. Representatives of other entities, such as associations, universities or research centres, working in the area of minority languages, whether it be for the promotion of the latter, the normalisation of their use, research, evaluation or other initiatives on this topic, are also invited to discuss and showcase the specific actions undertaken to activate the social use of those languages. The campus  also served as a space for meeting, communication, collaboration and exchange of ideas between researchers working in linguistic policy, language planning and evaluation.

This session consisted on the monographic presentation of three concrete cases – the Basque, the Catalan and the Welsh – over two days and discussions in groups after the presentation of these cases, for a total of 16 hours of work.

The presentations on the first day focused on the theoretical principles and bases of the Euskaraldia project as well as its design, methodology and coordination. They also tackled the deployment of the project in municipalities of the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and the Northern Basque Country. The discussions on the second day focused on specific actions that have been implemented in Wales and Catalonia to activate the social use of the Welsh and Catalan languages.


17 October 2019

9:00 - 9:15
Opening words
  • Bingen Zupiria, Basque Minister for Culture and Language Policy
  • Markel Olano Gipuzkoa, Deputy General of the Provincial Council
  • Bethan Webb, Vice Chair of the NPLD
  • Inaki Irazabalbeitia, Coppieters Foundation Bureau Member
9:15 - 10:00
Keynote speech - New speakers: the emergence of a post-national linguistic paradigm
  • Joan Pujolar, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Part I - Activating the use of minority languages across the society
10:00 - 10:30
Theoretical principles and bases of project Euskaraldia
  • Pello Jauregi, University of the Basque Country
10:30 - 11:00
Design, methodology and coordination of Euskaraldia
  • Miren Dobaran, Basque Deputy Minister for Language Policy
  • Mikel Arregi, Government of Navarre
  • Beñat Arrabit, Office of the Basque Language in the Northern Basque Country
11:30 - 12:00
Communication Plan of Euskaraldia
  • Iñigo Fernandez, Ostolaza Comunication Expert
12:00 - 12:30
Speakers’ activation through the community network
  • Jasone Mendizabal, Director of Topagunea (federation of associations working in favour of the Basque language)
12:30 - 13:30
Experience of two municipalities of the Basque Autonomous Community
  • Edurne Otamendi, Council of Donostia/San Sebastián
  • Idoia Trenor, Bagera Association
  • Asier Lafuente & Yanire Caro, Arabako Lautada
14:30 - 15:15
Evaluation of the results of project Euskaraldia
  • Uxoa Anduaga, Soziolinguistika Klusterra
Part II - Activating the use of minority languages in the business field: Emmarca’t
15:15 - 16:00
Emmarca’t: Catalan, a marketing language
  • Anton Ferret, Directorate-General for Language Policy of the Government of Catalonia
16:30 - 19:30
Cultural Activity: Chillida Leku Museum

18 October 2019

9:00 - 10:00
Measuring the presence and use of Catalan in trade. The OfferCat indicators system
  • Carles de Rosselló, Catalan Consortium for Language Normalisation
10:00 - 11:00
Support plans for the use of Catalan in small shops
  • Carles de Rosselló, Catalan Consortium for Language Normalisation
Part III - Activating the use of minority languages in families: the Intergenerational Transmission of Welsh
11:30 - 13:30
Transmission or donation? How to ensure Welsh is actively passed from generation to generation
  • Bethan Webb & Jeremy Evas, Government of Wales
14:30 - 16:00
Discussion in groups: final conclusions
16:00 - 16:30
Closing words
  • Miren Dobaran, Basque Deputy Minister for Language Policy
  • Sietske Poepjes, Vice Chair of the NPLD


When: 17-18 October 2019
Where: Miramar Jauregia, Mirakontxa Pasealekua 48, Donostia/San Sebastián

Interpretation services to/from Basque, Spanish and English.

Participation upon invitation only.


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This conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

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