Parlez-vous Saint-Gillois?

Between 2013 and 2015 the project ’Do You Speak Saint-Gilles ? collects words in the neighborhood Bosnie in Saint-Gilles. Through activities, events, radiobroadcasts, workshops, walks and other types of interventions, inhabitants and a larger public participates in a collective grassroots research into languages that are spoken in the neighborhood.

Our special interest goes to ’bridge-words’: words that function in between official languages, ordinary words that have gained new meanings, hybrids, slang and jargon that are neighborhood specific and words that testify of the multicultural origins of neighbors and their connection with elsewhere.