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Frisian Language and Culture / Minorities & Multilingualism

A Discipline of Diversity

Hundreds of languages and dialects are spoken throughout Europe, many of these by indigenous or migrant minority groups. Dealing with a multilingual Europe is one of the greatest challenges states and political institutions are faced with in the new millennium. The members of staff affiliated with the Department of Frisian Language and Culture conduct research into the multilingual and multicultural reality of the Netherlands today. The language, politics and culture of the indigenous minority groups in Friesland are viewed as part of a broader picture, and we investigate ways of dealing with and describing the diversity presently found on the European continent.

Our degree programmes (BA and MA) teach students to speak and write Frisian at the same time as giving them information about the historical and cultural developments in the peripheral region of Friesland in the Netherlands. However, our programmes offer a lot more: students gain a rich insight into linguistics and literary studies at the same time as discussing sociolinguistic issues in detail. Importantly, our aim is that students become trained experts in the fields of minority cultures and languages. By teaching our students about the societal and individual effects of multilingualism as well as focussing on the political ideological background for language planning and policy making, we train students who are equipped for jobs across the world.


Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen

Postbus 716
9700 AS Groningen

telephone +31 50 363 59 44
fax +31 50 363 49 00

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