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Title: Globalization and the Future of German
Edited By: Andreas Gardt
Bernd Hüppauf
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110179180-1&l=E
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Is the world en route to becoming a linguistic colony of the United States? Or is this dramatic view an exaggeration, and there is no danger to linguistic diversity at all? The German language is at the center of an intensive debate on this issue. Its position in the world is under increasing pressure due to the growing importance of (American) English as the language of globalization.

The articles in this volume deal with the national and international position of German in relation to English, language policies, the future of German as a language of science, German in the USA, and the intellectual and aesthetic dimensions of encountering a foreign language. They present critical assessments addressing the dangers for the future of languages other than English, as well as positions which perceive the growing importance of English as a challenge and resource rather than as a threat.

FROM THE CONTENTS:

INTRODUCTION

BERND HÜPPAUF
Globalization – Threats and Opportunities

GLOBALIZATION AND LANGUAGE

DAVID CRYSTAL
The Past, Present, and Future of World English

ROBERT PHILLIPSON
English as Threat or Resource in Continental Europe

HANS JOACHIM MEYER
Global English – A New Lingua Franca or a New Imperial Culture?

RUDOLF HOBERG
English Rules the World. What Will Become of German?

PETRA BRASELMANN
Language Policies in East and West. National Language Policies as a Response to the Pressures of Globalization

THE IMPACT OF ENGLISH ON THE VOCABULARY AND GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURE OF GERMAN

PETER EISENBERG
German as an Endangered Language?

HERMANN H. DIETER
Does “Denglish” Dedifferentiate our Perceptions of Nature? The View of a Nature Lover and Language “Fighter”

INTERNATIONALIZING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
ULRICH AMMON
German as an International Language of the Sciences – Recent Past and Present

KONRAD EHLICH
The Future of German and Other Non-English Languages for Academic Communication

LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY

WOLFGANG THIERSE
The German Language and the Linguistic Diversity of Europe

ANDREAS GARDT
Language and National Identity

JOSHUA A. FISHMAN
Yiddish and German: An On-Again, Off-Again Relationship – and Some of the More Important Factors Determining the Future of Yiddish

DAVID L. VALUSKA AND WILLIAM W. DONNER
The Past and Future of the Pennsylvania German Language: Many Ways of Speaking German; Many Ways of Being American

GERMAN IN THE USA

NIKKY KEILHOLZ-RÜHLE, STEPHAN NOBBE, AND UWE RAU
Language Policies of the Goethe-Institut

JOHN LALANDE II
The Kulturpolitik of German-Speaking Countries in the USA

ROBERT C. REIMER
Self-Inflicted Wounds? Why German Enrollments are Dropping

HELENE ZIMMER-LOEW
Meeting the Challenge: The Future of German Study in the United States

PETER WAGENER
German in Wisconsin: Language Change and Loss

LANGUAGE AND THE CREATIVE MIND

PRISCA AUGUSTYN
The Seductive Aesthetics of Globalization: Semiotic Implications of Anglicisms in German

YASEMIR YILDIZ
Critically “Kanak”: A Reimagination of German Culture

JOHN M. GRANDIN
Globalization: A Look at the Positive Side

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110179180
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 362
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