[lg policy] Fwd: theatre proposal linked to new speakers of minority languages - call for COST network involvement - 15-16th April

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at cantab.net
Mon Mar 21 12:20:24 UTC 2016

Forwarding on for info - I'm not involved in the organisation of this; please see 
below for contact info etc.


Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University | www.shu.ac.uk
Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University & WISERD | www.wiserd.ac.uk
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://shu.academia.edu/DaveSayers

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Subject: 	theatre proposal linked to new speakers of minority languages - call for 
COST network involvement - 15-16th April
Date: 	Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:00:16 +0000
From: 	O'Rourke, Bernadette M A <B.M.A.O'Rourke at HW.AC.UK>
Reply-To: 	O'Rourke, Bernadette M A <B.M.A.O'Rourke at HW.AC.UK>

*Theatre proposal linked to New Speakers of Minority Languages*


*CALL for participation in interactive workshop*


*Please note that you _do not _need any expertise in theatre or draft to be part of 


*What is being sought is your expertise as researcher of minority language issues 
and/or contacts you have with actual minority language speakers.


The COST network has been contacted by an *actor/theatre maker to develop a theatre 
proposal* around what it means to be a 'speaker' (be that native, new speaker) of a 
minority language. He is based in Scotland so Gaelic will be the focus but he wants 
to frame it in the context of minority language speakers more broadly.

His idea would be to get together for *a 1-2 day interactive workshop with academics* 
who are expert in the area and if possible also actual 'speakers' of some of the 
languages we are studying.

The date for the event is *15th and 16th April* for the first scoping workshop which 
will take place *in Edinburgh*.

We would like representation from a range of contexts included in the network. 
*Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by COST* as per reimbursement 
rules.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you would be interested in 
attending or could identify someone who could if you can't:

b.m.a.o'rourke at hw.ac.uk

This activity would be linked to our stakeholder/public engagement WG5 activities. 
  The idea for the play would be to raise awareness amongst people who don't speak 
minority languages and to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions that are often 
in circulation.

The key questions Brian is interested in are the following:

·         Why minority language speakers choose to hold onto their language and 
attempt to pass it on.

·         Why some don’t.

·         The attitudes of speakers of majority languages and minority languages to 
each other.

·          How knowledge is stored in language.

·         Links between rate of loss of bio-diversity and linguistic-diversity

  Best for now,


Prof Bernadette O'Rourke

Deputy Director, Intercultural Research Centre (IRC) http://irc.hw.ac.uk/

School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Chair of COST Action IS1306/New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and 
Challenges/: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS1306

Editor of /Small Languages and Small Language Communities /(SLSLC), (subseries of the 
International Journal of the Sociology of Language) http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijsl

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