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The Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning

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In the 21st century all European citizens live in a multilingual environment. In their daily lives they come across many different languages. Consequently there is a growing interest in multilingualism and an increasing need for language communities to exchange experiences and to cooperate. The Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning, part of the Fryske Akademy, meets this need by collecting, researching and studying, circulating, and applying knowledge in the field of language learning and use at school, at home and through cultural participation. The Mercator Research Centre is an independent and recognised reference centre for policymakers and professional workers in the field of multilingual education and language learning. The Mercator Research Centre brings Europe to Fryslân and Fryslân to Europe.


The database of Experts (500 participants) offers an overview on all expertise in the field of European minority or regional languages, bilingualism and multilingualism at school and at home, education, language learning and language policy and cultural participation in favour of linguistic diversity in Europe.

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