NISE participates in a one-day seminar held by the British Library in London on Language and the Making of Nations on 14 November 2014 at the BL Conference Centre, Dickens and Eliot rooms.
The creation of a unified language has been significant in the formation of the nations of Europe. Part of the process has been the compilation of standard grammars and dictionaries, an initiative often followed by linguistic minorities, determined to reinforce their own identity. This seminar will look at the relationship between majority and minority languages in the countries of Europe, the role of language in national histories, and the creation of national literary languages. Specialists in the history of the languages of Europe will explore these issues in relation to Czech, Georgian, Italian, Russian and Serbian, as well as Catalan, Dutch, Frisian, Silesian and the Norman French of Jersey.
For registration and more information, see http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event164609.html