Tue, Mar 6, Department Head of Applied Linguistics, prof. Iryna Biskub started the next series of lectures within the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Avtivity. The topic of the lecture was “Regional, Minority, and Other EU Languages”. The lecture was delivered to the 4th-year students of Applied Linguistics and English Philology, as well as to the of PhD students of the International Relations Faculty. The objective of the lecture was to focus on the European Commission’s interest to promote language learning and linguistic diversity across Europe so as to improve basic language skills.
The students discussed the main issues of the European Parliament’s resolution of 11 September 2013 on endangered European languages and linguistic diversity in the European Union (http://eurlex.europa.eu/legalcontent/EN/TXT/?qid=1520270193234&uri=CELEX:52013IP0350).e
The key-point of this document is that linguistic and cultural diversity is one of the fundamental principles of the European Union, as enshrined in Article 22 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which reads: ‘The Union shall respect cultural, religious and linguistic diversity’. Course participants were extremely motivated to get to know that endangered languages should be conceived as part of the European cultural heritage, and not as a vehicle for political, ethnic or territorial aspirations.
The most important conclusion that all students inferred from the lecture was the idea that all of Europe’s languages are equal in value and worthiness, form an integral part of its cultures and civilisations and contribute to the enrichment of humanity.
At the end of the lecture they watched the videos uncovering the specific features of the Basque language, the Frisian language, and the Sami languages.

 

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Regional, minority languages

Jean Monnet Module: Regional, Minority, and Other EU Languages

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