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The Project

in a Nutshell

In order to maintain a minority language, it is crucial that speakers are able to use it as frequently and freely as possible.

However, in many situations minority language speakers have been observed to adopt self-censoring attitudes where they avoid using their own language and switch to the majority language. This happens even when their counterpart is perfectly able to understand the minority language and when it is officially recognized and widely used in the local area. Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. It is a learnable skill and mode of communication. When applied to languages, it refers to training people to express themselves in their own language while feeling calm and self-assured, and acts to help an individual who may be uncertain if their counterparts are speakers of the same language.

The purpose of the LISTEN project is to train speakers of minority languages (either historically rooted in a territory, or brought recently by effect of migration) to act on their behavior and modify it by adopting strategies of linguistic assertiveness.

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