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:
Globalization – Threats and Opportunities
GLOBALIZATION AND LANGUAGE
The Past, Present, and Future of World English
English as Threat or Resource in Continental Europe
HANS JOACHIM MEYER
Global English – A New Lingua Franca or a New Imperial Culture?
English Rules the World. What Will Become of German?
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
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
German as an International Language of the Sciences – Recent Past and Present
The Future of German and Other Non-English Languages for Academic Communication
LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY
The German Language and the Linguistic Diversity of Europe
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
Meeting the Challenge: The Future of German Study in the United States
German in Wisconsin: Language Change and Loss
LANGUAGE AND THE CREATIVE MIND
The Seductive Aesthetics of Globalization: Semiotic Implications of Anglicisms in German
Critically “Kanak”: A Reimagination of German Culture
JOHN M. GRANDIN
Globalization: A Look at the Positive Side