Is the world en route to becoming a linguistic colony of the United States? Or is this dramatic view an exaggeration, and there is 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. Key features: rekwn editors famous contributors, among them Wolfgang Thierse (president of the German Bundestag), Peter Eisenberg (involved in the German spelling reform), David Crystal (famous linguist), representatives of the Goethe institute current and politically controversial topic: how does globalization influence the diversity of languages
Andreas Gardt is Professor of German Studies at the University of Kassel, Germany. Bernd Huppauf is Professor of German Studies at New York University, USA.