Closing Event "Languages without Borders"

Closing Event "Languages without Borders" (Germany)

From 17 to 19 September 2009 the closing event of the "Languages without Borders" project was held in the Academy of Arts at the Pariser Platz in Berlin.

    Welcoming Address by the President of the Goethe-Institut

    © Goethe-Institut, Prof. Lehmann "The Goethe-Institut, as the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, carries the many different images of Germany out into the world. It opens up access to German language, culture and society and promotes international cultural collaboration.

    In this context the Goethe-Institut repeatedly also spotlights current social topics. With the project "Languages without Borders" we have taken up the major subject of multilingualism and we look at it from different points of view, both in terms of regions and disciplines.

    I am pleased to be able to welcome you here in Berlin to the conclusion of our two-year project "Languages without Borders". From 17 to 19 September 2009 we will be presenting, together with the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and many other partners, a dialogue forum of international experts from science, politics and industry.

    Here the discussions and results of the worldwide projects conducted within "Languages without Borders" will be brought together and the project's various subject areas will be discussed. I am particularly pleased that Mr Leonard Orban, the EU Commissioner for Multilingualism and patron of the project, is to open this event and that we are again privileged to be guests in the Akademie der Künste at the Pariser Platz in Berlin.

    We can look forward to a wide-ranging programme encompassing not only a two-day experts' conference on "Language and Integration", but also the Berlin premiere of the stage play "Unserdeutsch" from Papua-New Guinea, where the world's only German-based Creole language exists.
    Furthermore there will be a symposium on the role of linguistic diversity in the economy and an interactive talk on language learning, during which I intend to learn 5 languages in 40 minutes.
    The programme thus ranges form academic events for specialists to workshops for the general public, and geographically from Europe to the rest of the world.

    Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann


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