MINELRES: Mercator Network - Newsletter n.21, February 2006

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Mercator Newsletter - n.20, Jan. 2006 

Mercator-Education (ME)
Mercator-Legislation (ML)
Mercator-Media (MM)

>From January 2005 the Mercator Common Newsletter is a monthly
newsletter. This way you will be kept informed with more recent and
updated information.

- Legislation News 
- Media News 

Mercator Network launches new central website
- Mercator Central - MC

Projects and Presentations
- UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS)
- CRAMLAP symposium 17 February London 

- UNESCO conference marks International Mother Language Day - MM 
- "Flower Garden": New mobile phone game in Basque Animatu, a digital
entertainment company (www.animatu.com), presents a game to promote the
Basque language - MM 
- Breton Course for Welsh Speakers and Welsh Course for Breton Speakers
- MM 

Mercator Network launches new central website

The Mercator Network for regional and minority language education,
legislation and media in the EU has launched a new website which brings
together information on the work of its three centres in one central
place (http://www.mercator-central.org). The aim of the site is to act
as a portal where users can get an overview of the work of the three
Mercator centres operating within the network and from which their sites
can be accessed. At the moment, users can access the site in English,
but soon will be available in other languages. Alongside more general
information, visitors can find information on Mercator's projects,
publications and get the latest news on the minority languages of the

Alexia Bos from Mercator Legislation said "although the three Mercator
centres are set apart geographically, we work together very closely in
order to create an efficient network for collecting and disseminating
information on the regional and minority languages of the EU. Alongside
our yearly symposia and joint research, this website is another example
of the way in which we achieve this."

News Feb. 2006 (links to the Mercator websites) 

Legislation news - ML
Gyorgy Frunda, censured by Romanian politicians for his task in the
Council of Europe

Natividad Mutumbajoy awarded the 2006 International Linguapax Prize

Law on languages, a key issue in Macedonia

The Danish minority in Germany celebrates the Language Day

Catalan now requisite for new University professors

The Mari minority faces cultural and linguistic assimilation in Russia

Media news - MM 

Papers of IV Mercator International Symposium now available on line

RTVE to close down sections and reduce regional broadcasting

Reduction in number of hours of regional provision on radio and
television in Brittany

Call for Papers for Irish Media Conference

Film to be made in Scottish Gaelic

Basque Region to be first European area covered by broadband

Web television on demand in Aragonese & First Asturian-English
dictionary to be published

Publications and presentations - Mercator Education (ME)  
UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS)
Recently Tjeerd de Graaf, team member of Mercator Education at the
Frisian Academy, contributed to the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support
Systems (EOLSS) with a review article on "Documenting endangered
languages and language maintenance". 

CRAMLAP symposium 17 February London 
CRAMLAP, which stands for 'Celtic, Regional and Minority languages
Abroad Project', is a project on the education of regional and minority
languages in the higher education environment. It has partners from the
universities of Oslo, Uppsala, Mannheim, Rennes and Maynooth. The
projects final partners' meeting in London was followed by a seminar
with guest speakers. Representatives from several institutes including
the European Commission participated. Cor van der Meer gave a
presentation on Mercator-Education and its relevant projects like the
Regional Dossier series and the Network of Schools.


UNESCO conference marks International Mother Language Day - MM 
On the occasion of the sixth International Mother Language Day,
celebrated 21 February, UNESCO organized a conference on linguistic
diversity. Participants included: Vigdis Finnbogadottir, former
President of the Republic of Iceland and Goodwill Ambassador of the
Organization, Adama Samassekou, President of the African Academy of
Languages, Vittorio Bo, President of Codice (Italy) and Daniel Prado,
Director of the Terminology and Language Industries Department of the
Latin Union. The conference was opened by UNESCO Director-General
Koichiro Matsuura, Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan, President of the General
Conference, and Zhang Xinsheng, President of the Executive Board of the
Breton Course for Welsh Speakers and Welsh Course for Breton Speakers -
Stumdi is a charitable organisation concerned with the teaching of
Breton to adults. Established in 1985, it has its headquarters in
Landerne (Landerneau). Every year it offers a week-long Welsh summer
course for Breton speakers. This year this course will be held from
Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July. This year there will also, however, be a
Breton course for Welsh speakers during the same week. The learners will
be able to stay in the homes of Breton speakers. Those wishing more
information should get in touch with Stumdi, Maner Keranden, F-29800
Landerne, Breizh (France); bzh.stumdi@wanadoo.fr.  

"Flower Garden": New mobile phone game in Basque Animatu, a digital
entertainment company (http://www.animatu.com), presents a game to
promote the Basque language - MM 
"Lorategia" (Flower Garden) can be downloaded free through the internet.
It is the first game in Basque that makes use of the Advergaming
strategy, a practice of using games, particularly computer games, to
advertise or promote a product, organisation or viewpoint. The mechanics
are simple: the player will have to remember the information that
different plants and animals will provide him/her with during the course
of the game. 

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