The Power of Language

20131028-103210.jpgThe Goethe-Institute is a German cultural organisation which for over 50 years has been promoting interest in, and study of, the German language around the world. Back in 2007, it launched an ambitious project which saw a series of events take place worldwide under the banner “The Power of Language” (Die Macht der Sprache). The project ran for a period of two years; its aim was to explore the significance of language in a globalised world. It looked at the part language plays in national identity as well as in politics, commerce and science. The project is still hailed today as a shining example of the institute’s work. So what did it find?
Leading lights from a wide variety of professions contributed to the project, giving their views on the role not just of German, but language as a whole. It’s hardly surprising that multilingualism was hailed as an invaluable skill in an increasingly integrated Europe. The full results of the project are available in a publication of the same name which you may like to peruse. A summary of that book declared that “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”.
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