By Bernd Hüppauf, Andreas Gardt
Is the realm en path to changing into a linguistic colony of the USA? Or is that this dramatic view an exaggeration, and there's no threat to linguistic range in any respect? The German language is on the heart of a radical debate in this factor. Its place on the planet is below expanding strain a result of becoming value of (American) English because the language of globalization. The articles during this quantity care for the nationwide and overseas place of German when it comes to English, language regulations, the way forward for German as a language of technological know-how, German within the united states, and the highbrow and aesthetic dimensions of encountering a overseas language. They current severe tests addressing the risks for the way forward for languages except English, in addition to positions which understand the growing to be value of English as a problem and source instead of as a chance. Key positive factors: reknown editors recognized members, between them Wolfgang Thierse (president of the German Bundestag), Peter Eisenberg (involved within the German spelling reform), David Crystal (famous linguist), representatives of the Goethe institute present and politically debatable subject: how does globalization impact the variety of languages
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Undefined spaces on borders, beyond political definitions of dependence and obligations, and spaces outside national cultures and languages provide fertile ground for innovative experiments with life, triggered and encouraged precisely by the challenges of impersonal tendencies in globalization. This creative approach to language is not hampered by the fear and anxiety of loss. It creates a potential for the creation of self as fluid, diffuse and permeable, and that does not feel obliged, it seems, to have or own a single indistinguishable identity that gives stability, but, once threatened or lost, shatters the whole.
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