The European Commission have announced today that from the academic year 2010-2011, the Erasmus Programme will fund intensive language courses in Spain's co-official languages Basque, Catalan and Galician for prospective Erasmus students who want to study at universities where these languages are used.
On Tuesday, 30 June, the Slovak Parliament passed the amendment of the Slovak Language Law. The new version will enter in force in September 2009. Members from the Party of the Hungarian Coalition expressed their conviction that the new law will hinder the enforcement of the linguistic rights of national minorities.
A new survey launched in Galicia indicates that 50.3% of the inhabitants of Galicia have the Galician language as their mother tongue. Also, the survey shows that only 3% of those living in Galicia consider themselves as Spanish only.
On Sunday Greenland ushered in a new era of self-governance that may lead to eventual independence from Denmark, its ruler since 1721. Kalaallisut, also known as Greenlandic, a traditional Inuit language, is the country’s official language, and Greenlanders are now recognized under international law as a separate people from Danes.
Last Saturday night two young acts were chosen to represent the Celtic and Scots languages at the Liet International song contest for European lesser used languages. Ten acts from the various Celtic and Scots languages travelled from far and wide to Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland, to perform in front of an enthusiastic audience. The event was also broadcast live over the internet.