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Big Data: Predicting the future

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


When
: 1 - 4 July , 2019
Where: University of Deusto, Bilbao Campus
Language: English
Duration: 4 days
Credits: 1 ECTS
Registration: Application period will start on May 2nd

Presentation

This course enables to learn the main features of Basque linguistic reality: a complex situation in terms of sociolinguistics (typology of speakers, dialectal diversity, multilingualism…), as well as in terms of legal and administrative procedures (as Basque is not used just in one unique administrative and political structure). Excluding the Basque speaking communities in America (in the US and Latin America), in Europe, the social use of Basque mainly takes place in a very unequal way under three different administrations: in the Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco and the Comunidad Foral de Navarra (under the Spanish state political administration) and in the Département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques (under the French political administration).

In addition to the social and legal aspects aforementioned, they will also be tacked the Basque main linguistic features, easier to be understood from a comparative interlinguistic approach. These particularities will rise the attention of curious people willing to have further knowledge on this complex and attractive reality explained by very well-known experts.

Objectives /Competences

Objectives:
To learn the key elements to understand the current linguistic context in the Basque Country, as well as the main structural features of Basque and the legal system that regulates minority languages speakers’ linguistic rights.

Competences

Generic Competences:

  • CG1 Analytical thinking.
  • CG2 Systemic thinking.

Specific Competences:

  • CE1 To define the identifying features of sociolinguistic situation of Basque
  • CE2 To define Basque speakers’ typology
  • CE3 To define structural linguistic characteristics of Basque
  • CE4 To compare Basque characteristics with other minority languages
  • CE5 To define Basque and minority languages speakers’ rights within European context

Contents

Syllabus:

Day 1: The Sociolinguistic Situation of Basque at the beginning of democracy, Reversal Language Shift efforts, and results.

Day 2: Contrastive description of the structure of the Basque language: the phonological system, ergativity, head-final language…

Day 3: 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)

Day 4: Challenges for the future: spreading the use of Basque in Metropolitan Bilbao. Visit to Kafe Antzokia, cultural centre founded by some Basque language teachers with the objective of providing to Basque speakers in Bilbao a place to gather and spend their leisure time while they can use Basque. Professor Estibaliz Amorrortu will give a talk about 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. 

Methodology and evaluation

Through expositions, case analysis and problem solving techniques.
Master classes will be combined with a complementary activity.

Apply now

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


When
: 1 - 4 July , 2019
Where: University of Deusto, Bilbao Campus
Language: English
Duration: 4 days
Credits: 1 ECTS
Registration: Application period will start on May 2nd

Presentation

This course enables to learn the main features of Basque linguistic reality: a complex situation in terms of sociolinguistics (typology of speakers, dialectal diversity, multilingualism…), as well as in terms of legal and administrative procedures (as Basque is not used just in one unique administrative and political structure). Excluding the Basque speaking communities in America (in the US and Latin America), in Europe, the social use of Basque mainly takes place in a very unequal way under three different administrations: in the Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco and the Comunidad Foral de Navarra (under the Spanish state political administration) and in the Département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques (under the French political administration).

In addition to the social and legal aspects aforementioned, they will also be tacked the Basque main linguistic features, easier to be understood from a comparative interlinguistic approach. These particularities will rise the attention of curious people willing to have further knowledge on this complex and attractive reality explained by very well-known experts.

Objectives /Competences

Objectives:
To learn the key elements to understand the current linguistic context in the Basque Country, as well as the main structural features of Basque and the legal system that regulates minority languages speakers’ linguistic rights.

Competences

Generic Competences:

  • CG1 Analytical thinking.
  • CG2 Systemic thinking.

Specific Competences:

  • CE1 To define the identifying features of sociolinguistic situation of Basque
  • CE2 To define Basque speakers’ typology
  • CE3 To define structural linguistic characteristics of Basque
  • CE4 To compare Basque characteristics with other minority languages
  • CE5 To define Basque and minority languages speakers’ rights within European context

Contents

Syllabus:

Day 1: The Sociolinguistic Situation of Basque at the beginning of democracy, Reversal Language Shift efforts, and results.

Day 2: Contrastive description of the structure of the Basque language: the phonological system, ergativity, head-final language…

Day 3: 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)

Day 4: Challenges for the future: spreading the use of Basque in Metropolitan Bilbao. Visit to Kafe Antzokia, cultural centre founded by some Basque language teachers with the objective of providing to Basque speakers in Bilbao a place to gather and spend their leisure time while they can use Basque. Professor Estibaliz Amorrortu will give a talk about 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. 

Methodology and evaluation

Through expositions, case analysis and problem solving techniques.
Master classes will be combined with a complementary activity.

Apply now