Cultural Diversity

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Bas Böttcher - "I write poems for the stage. I am a spoken word poet."

Bas Böttcher is a provocative, intriguing language artist whose art stubbornly resists being assigned to any one category. Interview: Martin ZähringerMore ...
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Results of the Live-Chats with Prof. Dr. Ammon

Is there a future for German as an academic language? What position does the german language hold in the EU? Questions like these were answered by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ammon (University of Duisburg) in the second Live-Chat on February 7, 2007.More ...
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The Air of Words – of Language and Identity

Words are the archives of life. To rely on words, to rely on the word, is always a posture towards the world, a becoming of the world, a creation. In words, even in the semi-colon that brings sentences into the flow of breathing, bounds them up with the living breathe, live memories. An essay by Marica BodrožićMore ...
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From “Kaffeklatsching” to “Wischi-Waschi”– when German Words Take a Trip around the World

In Canada, women meet for a ”Kaffeklatsch”, Australians dance to “oom pah pah” music, and the Japanese go to “arbeito”. The project Ausgewanderte Wörter (i.e. Emigrant Words) presents German words that have made their way around the world.More ...

Power of Language Short Film Competition

On June 16th, the winners of the short film competition of the Goethe-Institut Chennai were shown at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. "Understanding India - understanding Indians" could be the subtitle of this programme of ten short films which give a colourful picture of the diverse languages of India and, at the same time, of the dviversity of language itself.More ...

Migration of words

On September 30th 2006 the international contest “Migration of words” of the “Deutscher Sprachrat” (German Language Council) came to an end. Overall 6.000 words of German origin that have “migrated” around the world and have been taken up in other languages were detected and submitted. The entries came from 70 different country. More

    “Europe’s Wealth Consists Essentially in its Variety of Languages”

    An interview with Professor Dr. Gerhard Stickel, President of the European Federation of National Institutions for LanguageMore ...