So as the rest of the country sits wide awake, glued to the Netherlands-Argentina game, I too am considering the position of Dutch in the world, but the language, not the football team. Don't feel sorry for me; I'd really rather think about language than watch the World Cup semi-finals... (small confession: the game is … Continue reading Let’s talk about Dutch Mother Tongue support (Hup! Hup! Holland!)
As promised, updates from Bangor. It was quite a day - I haven't spent this much time in lectures in many, many years. All were interesting, but some were more challenging than others. Thoughts of the day: 1. Issues in Bilingualism - Statistic: 56% of EU citizens speak a second language. 38% master two foreign … Continue reading Breaking news from Bangor: Day 1
I've just finished writing an article on maintaining Mother Tongue (for a new publication called The Underground, out in The Hague in November) and it started me thinking about the sometimes sticky topic of Mother Tongue. This is a subject that comes up often in the question period of my seminars. Historically, of course, Mother … Continue reading So, what is Mother Tongue?