Multilingualism & Identity

"Translation means Both Enrichment and Loss" – German in the Sciences

Is science nowadays still multilingual, and what role does the German language play in science? We discussed this question with Felix Grigat, the editor in charge of the university and scientific journal Forschung & Lehre (i.e. Research & Teaching).More ...

Navid Kermani: “I experience multi-lingualism as a great resource”

The writer and journalist talks with Klaus Hübner about his linguistic homeland, multi-lingualism and ‘literary patchwork identity’.More ...
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Result of the Live Chat with Prof Dr Hans-Jürgen Krumm

How can I, as a teacher of German with many years of teaching practice, change/improve my methods? How can I motivate people to learn German/to chose German as a foreign language? Prof Krumm has been answering questions like these during the third live chat within the context of The Power of Language on 29 March 2007. Read the results here!More ...
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Results of the Live-Chat with the expert on Multilingualism Prof. Dr. Ehlich, on 30.11.06

Everything you always wanted to know about the Dative, but were too shy to ask: On 30.11.2006 you were given the opportunity to finally do so during a Live-Chat: Read the course of the conversation.More ...
A collection of illustrated Hebrew texts for auction at Sotheby's; Cop: picture-alliance

Yiddish Words in German

Maloche, Schlamassel, meschugge – with many of these words, we are conscious of their connection to Jewish culture and its languages Yiddish and Hebrew. With others, we hardly notice this.More ...
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The Brain Has Room for Many Languages

To have a command of many language is a valuable ability in a Europe that is growing together. Yet in the schools and kindergartens monolingualism dominates.More ...

“He Alder, hassu Ei-Pott bei?”

For just under two decades now, the often very creative “mixed languages” developed by young immigrants have been part of everyday spoken German.More ...

The Power of Language
A philosophical-sociological reflection

As always, when “power” is spoken of, the first association is that of the power of man over man, of power as suppression of the free will by “commands” and “obedience”. Power can easily appear in this connection as the root of all evil in human societies and as the opposite of freedom as such.
Yet the problem of power is in truth more complex. And especially in the case of the “power of language”, the problem is multi-layered. More ...



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