Due to the fruitful cooperation between the Comité International de Philosophie et Sciences Humaines (CIPSH), CIPL and the University of Leiden, a special chair on endangered languages could be established. “The chair on ethnolinguistic vitality and diversity” wants to advance research and practice of language documentation.
The chair wants to develop several activities that promote and increase interest in the advantages of linguistic diversity, multilingualism and the maintenance of the vitality of minority and threatened languages. In doing this the chair wants to promote a language policy based on diversity, which must lead to a better knowledge of cultures and of the richness of different cultures, which is one of CIPSH’s priorities.
The chair will build a network between important universities and other research institutes in order to offer both teaching and training, summer schools, workshops and conferences. This fits in perfectly well with the CIPSH mission statement to highlight and encourage existing research networks of centres of research in the humanities and to attract greater attention to the humanities worldwide and enhanced recognition of their importance in contemporary society.