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Heritage Languages in the Netherlands

Saturday 12 January 2019
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden


What makes heritage languages special and worth maintaining? What do heritage languages mean for the individual? Is it desirable to use heritage languages in Dutch classrooms or to offer language education in heritage languages? Do parents want their children to learn these languages and how does language change from generation to generation? HERLING is a new platform for research about heritage languages spoken in the Netherlands, with a focus on Turkish, Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish, Papiamento, Berber, Arabic and German. On Saturday 12 January 2019, these languages will be in the spotlights during this 'HerLing 1' symposium.

For whom

The public of Leiden, staff members, students and alumni are all welcome to attend the morning and/or afternoon sessions.


Morning Session (in English)

Location: Heinsius Room, University Library

In the morning, lectures in English will be offered by well-known experts working on the above mentioned heritage languages. 

9:15 Opening
9:30 Heritage language bilingualism matters: an introduction to the issues, Jason Rothman (University of Reading) 
10:00 Papiamento below sea level: heritage speakers in the Netherlands, Ellen-Petra Kester (Utrecht University)
10:30 “Sorry, ich kann nicht mehr so gut Deutsch” - German as an immigrant and heritage language, Monika Schmid (University of Essex)
11:00 Break
11:30 Living heritage: the continued existence of Turkish in the Netherlands, Ad Backus (Tilburg University)
12:00 Reclaiming linguistic patrimony: the case of Nusalaut, Aone van Engelenhoven (Leiden University)

Afternoon Session (in Dutch)

Location: Kamerlingh Onnes Building, B013

In the afternoon, the HERLING Lab will be launched officially with an interactive programme in Dutch, including a video on heritage languages, workshops and a panel discussion.

13:20 Venue open to the public
13.45 Opening of the research Lab HERLING
14:00 Short video
14:15 Personal stories
14:30 Tea break
15:00 Thematic sessions:
1: heritage languages and identity (chaired by Antje Muntendam)
2: heritage languages in the Dutch school system (chaired by Leonie Cornips )
3: heritage languages across generations (chaired by Maarten Kossmann)
16:15 Group reports and roundtable discussion


Please register by sending a message to: d.tat@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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