VOCES – International Centre for the Study and Teaching of
As an academic
institution, VOCES is globally unique as the first
centre devoted exclusively to the less widely spoken languages of the world. The centre in Bremen offers opportunities not only
for the community of linguists to focus on lesser-used languages in their research.
VOCES is also intended as the institution where speech-communities
can send representatives to receive adequate training in descriptive, historical
and applied linguistics, field methodology, language planning and revitalisation
to enable the speech-communities to take care of their language without the necessity
to rely on the expertise of outsiders. Moreover, by language classes, seminars and
other events, the centre serves the purpose of giving lesser-used languages more
prominence in the general public perception. Thus, VOCES contributes to safeguarding the linguistic diversity of our world.
On October 7, 2009, the final day of the Festival of Languages
[http://www.festival.uni-bremen.de], the International Centre for the Study
and Teaching of Lesser-Used Languages was founded in Bremen/Germany.
Dónall Ó Riagáin (Ireland), Steven R. Fischer (New Zealand), Christel Stolz and
Thomas Stolz (both Germany) inaugurated CeSTeaLuL – later dubbed VOCES
– in a ceremony which included speeches in Irish and Rapanui.
On the pages of VOCES you can find information about ongoing projects
selected publications by VOCES members,
and events related to the association. Furthermore, you can visit
our expanding collection of resources on minority languages in the links section.
The news section includes reminders for upcoming conferences, recent press reports and introduces new online resources.
If you want to point us to relevant resources, conferences or workshops related to minority languages, please do not hesitate to
send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, contact the director of VOCES: email@example.com.