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This research project aims to establish why, how, when, and in which ways youths have been engaged with or disengaged from the preservation of minority and regional European languages in the period since 1900.

Research Questions

  • What was and what is the role of youths as subjects, objects, agents and advocates of minority and regional language preservation initiatives?
  • In what ways and through which means have youths become involved in minority and regional language preservation since the early twentieth century? Has their involvement changed over time?
  • Where have youths been targeted in language initiatives (by adult nationalist organisations, for example), and where have they taken the initiative themselves?
  • Have youths in each of the three countries or regions in question taken different approaches to their involvement with language preservation, and if so, how do their approaches compare with each other? Which approaches provide the best models for youth engagement with other European minority and regional languages?

View the opening plenary from our 2022 virtual conference Youth Engagement in Minority & Regional Languages 2022, delivered by Dr hab. Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska: 

UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore

Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: riona.niccongail@ucd.ie |