Monday, October 06, 2008

Pyrenees' Language Summit

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Organized by Euskaltzaindia

The Languages of the Pyrenees "meet" in Iruña


The Basque, the Catalan, the Occitano and the Aragonese will take part in the conference. Michael Metzeltin will open “The Languages of the Pyrenees”. The past and the present of the languages will be discussed.

Euskaltzaindia, the Royal Academy of the Basque Language, will hold its 16th International Conference in Pamplona, in the “Baluarte” Convention Center and Auditorium of Navarra from 6th to 10th October .

This Conference, which will be carried out under the generic title of “Pirinioetako hizkuntzak: lehena eta oraina” (The Languages of the Pyrenees: Past and Present), will go in depth into multiple aspects of the languages and cultures of both sides of the Pyrenees mountain range.

Four historic languages of the Pyrenees will take part in the conference: the Basque, the Catalan, the Occitano and the Aragonese. A for the Basque language, Metzelin thinks, its situation is better than before, and he added that some progress has been made towards the creation of a standard language, something that, in his opinion, is essential so that a language can develop.

The conference will also mark be the beginning of the commemoration acts of the 90th anniversary of Euskaltzaindia.

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