The University of Western Brittany is delighted to announce its fourth annual Summer School in Breton Language and Heritage Studies. Until 2015, scholars with an interest in the Celtic languages and cultures had little opportunity to study the Breton language, literature and culture. Yet, it is sometimes forgotten that, along with Welsh, Breton is the most widely spoken Celtic language with roughly 200,000 native speakers. Given that the language classes are taught through the medium of English, the course provides an excellent opportunity to study the only Celtic language to have survived on the continent of Europe.
Exceptionally, at the end of the Summer School, a workshop on Breton linguistics and the Celto-Slavica 9 Colloquium will be held between June 19 and June 23. Summer School particiants are encouraged to enroll in both events.
Graduate, postgraduate students as well as university researchers and specialists with an interest in Celtic studies and the Breton language and culture in particular are warmly encouraged to apply. Motivated undergraduate students, non-academics with a foundation in Celtic language or linguistics are also welcome.
Since 2015, the course has attracted participants from over 12 nations. Their rich and varied background contributed to expanding the horizons of all. No prior knowledge of Breton is required for the level 1 class. In 2016, we added a second level Breton class and, in 2017, a third level was created for more advanced learners (see Programme for more details). The language classes will be taught by Mr. Tanguy Solliec (PhD researcher specializing in dialectometry, University of Western Brittany, CRBC) and Ms Myrzinn Boucher-Durand (MA, University of Western Brittany, CRBC / PhD researcher, Celtic Studies, Harvard University).
Dr. Gary GERMAN & Dr. Gaëlle LE CORRE
Pôle universitaire Pierre-Jakez Helias
18 Avenue de la Plage des Gueux