What we do
The International Centre for the Study and Teaching
of Lesser-Used Languages (CeSTeaLuL,
now called VOCES), was founded in Bremen/Germany on 7 October,
2009, the final day of the Festival
of Languages, is unique globally as it is the first centre devoted exclusively
to the less widely spoken languages of the world.
Hopefully, the centre will offer 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, revitalisation, etc. 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.