Publication on "The Power of Language"
"The Power of Language" as a book
"The Power of Language" was the subject of events organised worldwide by the Goethe-Institut over a period of two years in collaboration with the scientific research promotion body Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft. They reflected the role of language in a globalised world. A multimedia publication of the same name ("Die Macht der Sprache"), published by Langenscheidt-Verlag, presents a selection of the highly varied results.
"The German language has never been so expressive, has never had such a large vocabulary and was never so capable of being used in so many different ways as now", a resumé of the books states. This can also be seen in the pithy contributions: the book is a homage not only to the German language, but to language itself. Whether it's academic contributions or declarations of love for language, for imported words and even for silence – all this is present throughout the 160-page volume and on the enclosed DVD. The book's editors are Jutta Limbach, former president of the Goethe-Institut, and Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte, who was head of the Goethe-Institut's Language Department until June 2008.
The aim of the project "The Power of Language" was to explore the significance of language in a globalised world. In 2006 and 2007 the Goethe-Institut, together with the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft, organised worldwide events on multilingualism, cultural diversity and language change. They culminated in a large conference in Berlin in June 2007.
"The Power of Language" is a defining example of the versatility of the Goethe-Institut's language work. In 2008 the Goethe-Institut continues to actively promote interest in language and language policy through major projects at home and abroad. A central theme is multilingualism: In June the Goethe-Institut launched the project "Languages without Borders" , again in collaboration with the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft and other partners.
The book "Die Macht der Sprache" ["The Power of Language"] is published by Langenscheidt Verlag. (ISBN 978-3-468-49408-6)
Downloadable press release: Press release "The Power of Language as a book" (PDF, 45 KB)
Press release "The Power of Language as a book" (PDF, 42 KB)
And here you can take a look at the table of contents: The Power of Language - Preview (PDF, 34 KB)
The Power of Language - Preview (PDF, 34 KB)