Why was it set up?
To provide an innovative response to unmet needs in the research, dissemination and application of sociolinguistic knowledge. The Cluster focuses on initiatives developing data, methodologies and other materials in the field of applied sciences for all private, public and social associations and groups involved in the language normalisation process in the Basque Country, with the aim of improving our knowledge of how to act and therefore the outcomes of the efforts made in the field of normalisation.
How did it all start?
The origins of the initiative lie in a process of refection regarding an idea proposed by Doctor Erramun Baxo upon his return from Quebec, namely the possibility of setting up an initiative similar to the CIRB in the Basque Country.
In November 2000, a SYMPOSIUM entitled 'Creating A Basque Sociolinguistic Institute' was held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, during which a large group of experts and specialists from the field reached an agreement regarding this initial idea and several associations began working together to make it a reality (Collaboration Protocols I and II). The process was later further defined and developed.
The Sociolinguistic Cluster is a non-for-profit association which has been recognised as an Innovation Intermediary working within the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network (ZTBES/RVCTI).
The Sociolinguistic Cluster's purpose is to generate and manage sociolinguistic knowledge in order to respond better to the challenges posed by, and the interests and needs of, the Basque language revival process. Its aim is to utilise and enhance the sociolinguistic resources and capacities offered by our members, public institutions, social stakeholders, scientists and other agents. We therefore carry out collaborative research, development, innovation and knowledge management projects, working to build bridges between theoretical and applied knowledge.
The Sociolinguistic Cluster aims to be a benchmark for R&D&I in the sociolinguistic field, working towards the recovery and normalisation of the Basque language.
Scientific rigour: We work autonomously and always in strict adherence to the principles of scientific rigour.
Collaboration: Complementarity and teamwork form the basis of our activities, as we strive to foster synergies and enhance the added value of all our projects and initiatives. We therefore prioritise collaborative projects carried out within the open innovation framework.
Commitment to society: Our raison d’être is to help provide an effective response to the challenges posed by the Basque language revival process. We therefore disseminate the results of projects carried out in collaboration with different stakeholders among Basque society, always in accordance with the principles of transparency.