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Northern Europe is a place of unique cultural and linguistic diversity, a confluence of languages and identities of predominantly Celtic and Germanic origin. This talk will explore the historical and contemporary linguistic landscape of the religion, detailing the Indo-European origins of the various language families and looking at the language map of Northern and Western Europe may evolve in the future.

This talk will also explore the connections and divisions between languages i.e. what distinguishes language families from each other (e.g. Celtic and Germanic, and in contrast, how mutually intelligible are languages in the same family tree? i.e. Germanic (Gaelic and Welsh); and in the Scandanavian context, North Germanic (Norwegian, Swedish and Danish).

There will be a free buffet at 12:30pm, then the talk will commence at 1:00pm. The event is organised by Pól Ó Frighil, Language Officer of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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Friday 17 November

12.30pm to 2pm

Guild Hall, Derry

Pól Ó Frighil