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Mercator Budapest/ The Research Institute for Linguistics was founded in 1949. Its primary tasks include research in Hungarian linguistics, general, theoretical and applied linguistics, Uralic linguistics, phonetics and the preparation of a comprehensive dictionary of the Hungarian language. Among the basic research areas of the institute we find researches on sociolinguistic and minority language use, focusing on the linguistic aspect of the cultural diversity of states within the EU as well as ones outside it.
The Institute coordinates common researches on Hungarian linguistic minorities living in the neighbouring countries; it promotes dissemination of relevant knowledge to the general public, to politicians and language policy stakeholders.
Based on the results of the achievements of domestic and international projects on multilingualism and minority language issues within the past 15 years, in 2008 Research Centre for Multilingualism has been established. The Centre wishes to continue all the researches started earlier. The main profile can be focused in four different fields:
Head of the Centre, Csilla Bartha has been involved in the development of the Sign Language Law, which was adopted on the 9th of November, 2009 and recognizes sign language finally as an “independent and natural” language. Sign language became the 14th minority language that is used in Hungary besides Armenian, Bulgarian, Croatian, German, Greek, Polish, Roma, Romanian, Ruthenian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian and Ukrainian.
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