With the Charter for Regional or Minority Language (Council of Europe, 1992) although Europe appears to be a leader in linguistic equality, why do many inequalities remain?
This year marks the centenary of the inclusion of language as a human right in international treaties. Has this been an effective approach to linguistic inequalities?
Professor Paul Baker, Lancaster University, joins us to discuss the history of Polari – a ‘form of theatrical slang incorporating Italianate words, rhyming slang, and Romany, used especially by homosexuals’ (Oxford Dictionaries).
In this inaugural lecture, Professor Nicola McLelland, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, will examine the history of teaching and learning languages in Europe since about 1500. Who decides what is ‘correct’, what is not, and how? How have people explained the rules? And how have Europeans taught and learnt their own and others’ languages?