Language, Identity and Culture (Regional Level)

Local and regional varieties as markers of identity

(WP3, 20062008) This study investigated the relation between majority and minority languages as well as the importance of dialects for identity in Istria (Croatia), in the Czech part of Teschen Silesia and in the Northern Kurzeme region including the so-called Livonian Coast (Latvia).

Researchers have analysed official EU documents and compared them to the ones in the countries under investigation in order to find out the status of minorities in Croatia, the Czech Republic and Latvia.

Groups of researchers have also conducted interviews in all three nations and shared the core questions in order to gain comparable data.

The last source of data was a questionnaire for secondary school pupils, which was used in the Silesia and in Istria in order to investigate their attitudes towards culture, language issues, dialects etc.

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Politics and strategies of identity in multicultural European cities

(WP3a, 20082010) Lots of people, lots of languages, lots of different music, different clothes, different customs: this is what can be observed in the multicultural city centers of Pula (Croatia), Szeged (Hungary), Jersey (England) and Tesin (Czech Republic). Therefore, they are an ideal place for researchers to investigate how linguistic and cultural diversity are managed and perceived by locals, tourists and immigrants and how linguistic and cultural diversity relate to each other.

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