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Basque, a European language of unknown origin: past, present and future

Description of the program

Program

The program is structured in 4 online sessions covering the following topics:

July 6, 3pm - 5pm CEST

The Sociolinguistic Situation of Basque at the beginning of democracy, Reversal Language Shift efforts, and results.

July 7, 3pm - 5pm CEST

The Basque language: an overview. Linguistic relatives, history and contacts with other languages, and a look at some of its distinctive features ('Japanese-like') head-last) word order, cases and marking system, complex morphology, among others)…

July 8, 3pm - 5pm CEST

Basque, other European minority languages and language rights: European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, official status and political frameworks. The Law for Normalization of the Basque Language (BAC)

July 9, 3pm - 5pm CEST

Challenges for the future: spreading the use of Basque in Metropolitan Bilbao. The session is focused on the difficulties encountered by Basque speakers to use the minority language in Bilbao, especially by the increasing number of new speakers, and present the project of Kafe Antzokia as a “breathing space” for Basque speakers in Bilbao.

  * Upon completion of the course, participant will receive an attendace certificate

Methodology

The principal methods that will be used are exposure teaching and learning strategies, case analysis and problem-solution strategies.

 

Lecturers

  • Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez, dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at University of Deusto. See profile.
  • Estibaliz Amorrortu, PhD in Linguistics and professor in the Departement of Modern Languages and Basque Studies at University of Deusto. See profile
  • Jon Ortiz de Urbina, Ph in. Linguistics, professor and member of the Basque Studies research team at the University of Deusto. See profile

 

Target group

Any individual who wants to acquire the fundamental basis to comprehend the current linguistic reality of the Basque Country, as well as the structural features of the Basque language, understanding them from a interlinguistic comparative perspective. Moreover, there is going to be an emphasis on the knowledge about the European Legal Framework and the Autonomous Framework in which the language is located and which determines the social use of Basque language. It is not compulsory for the student to master the Basque language or to have Linguistic knowledge.

Language requirements: B2 level of English is recommended.

 

Description of the program

Program

The program is structured in 4 online sessions covering the following topics:

July 6, 3pm - 5pm CEST

The Sociolinguistic Situation of Basque at the beginning of democracy, Reversal Language Shift efforts, and results.

July 7, 3pm - 5pm CEST

The Basque language: an overview. Linguistic relatives, history and contacts with other languages, and a look at some of its distinctive features ('Japanese-like') head-last) word order, cases and marking system, complex morphology, among others)…

July 8, 3pm - 5pm CEST

Basque, other European minority languages and language rights: European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, official status and political frameworks. The Law for Normalization of the Basque Language (BAC)

July 9, 3pm - 5pm CEST

Challenges for the future: spreading the use of Basque in Metropolitan Bilbao. The session is focused on the difficulties encountered by Basque speakers to use the minority language in Bilbao, especially by the increasing number of new speakers, and present the project of Kafe Antzokia as a “breathing space” for Basque speakers in Bilbao.

  * Upon completion of the course, participant will receive an attendace certificate

Methodology

The principal methods that will be used are exposure teaching and learning strategies, case analysis and problem-solution strategies.

 

Lecturers

  • Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez, dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at University of Deusto. See profile.
  • Estibaliz Amorrortu, PhD in Linguistics and professor in the Departement of Modern Languages and Basque Studies at University of Deusto. See profile
  • Jon Ortiz de Urbina, Ph in. Linguistics, professor and member of the Basque Studies research team at the University of Deusto. See profile

 

Target group

Any individual who wants to acquire the fundamental basis to comprehend the current linguistic reality of the Basque Country, as well as the structural features of the Basque language, understanding them from a interlinguistic comparative perspective. Moreover, there is going to be an emphasis on the knowledge about the European Legal Framework and the Autonomous Framework in which the language is located and which determines the social use of Basque language. It is not compulsory for the student to master the Basque language or to have Linguistic knowledge.

Language requirements: B2 level of English is recommended.