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This is being redressed gradually by the sending out of teachers from Germanlanguage countries and by the Goethe Institute retraining programmes for teachers of Russian in Eastern Europe. Austria has also increased its involvement in exporting German language and the culture of the German language see 2. Language Problems and Language Planning. Wahlperiode, p.
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Often the investment is offered in a less direct way, for example through the provision of German advisors in industrial development or reconstruction work in Latvia and Lithuania. The controversial question is how much Germany can push its language now that it has more political and economic supremacy in Europe if it wants to continue to regain goodwill lost through National Socialism.
There are German, Austrian, Swiss or bilingual day schools run or subsidized by the home nation in a number of countries. These schools are either for expatriate nationals or intended for inter-cultural encounter.
There are also a large number of Saturday schools in countries with German-speaking immigrants, and the European Schools tend to include German as one of the languages of their bilingual education. The state churches in Germany, both Catholic and Protestant Evangelisch , also provide clergy for German-speaking congregations in many parts of the world. Over , of them were in Kazakhstan and over , in Russia. In relation to Central Europe, Ammon pinpoints four areas as significant for the status of German: i ii iii iv.
The last of these factors is of considerable significance. The significance of the second is waning because of the language shift and migration to Germany from the Soviet Union, Poland and Romania in the late s. German is stronger as an asymmetrically dominant language in Eastern and Central Europe than as a lingua franca, in which role it has been overtaken by English. Statistics provided by Ammon indicate the strong standing of German in Slovakia and the Hungarian-speaking parts of Romania. Even at the time of his book, Ammon was sceptical about the revival of German as the lingua franca of Central Europe because of the attraction of English, and, to a large extent, his position has been vindicated.
The general picture in most of Eastern and Central Europe is as described by Csaba Foldes for Hungary as a result of his research personal communication : older people are more likely than younger people to use German for external communication because they will have learned it rather than English as a foreign language. Women are more. For the same reasons, inhabitants of small places will use it more than those who live in big cities. Those on national borders use German more than those in the interior of a country.
This will be due to the needs of border groups to communicate more extensively with other ethnolinguistic groups. It should also be remembered Foldes that the German border in Central Europe is Europe's longest border and the number of languages and countries in contact would increase if the Austrian borders were added to the German one. Those with right-wing political views tend to employ German as a lingua franca and those with left-wing views, English.
The 'Russian era' has produced large numbers of people in Eastern and Central Europe who are functionally monolingual Foldes It also seems possible to make the generalization see below that primary schools and less academic secondary schools have more students taking German while those in the more academic secondary schools are more likely to study English. Eastern and Central European countries are experiencing an acute shortage of German and English teachers, which is being resolved largely through retraining of teachers of Russian.
Before the political changes, there was a conspicuous presence of GDR tourists in Prague; now people are coming from all over the world Wochenpost, 5 August , pp. Czechs and other Central Europeans are going much further for their holidays. Hungarians are an important group for the propagation of German. Because they speak a non-Indo-European language which speakers of most European languages find difficult to learn, the onus is usually on them to speak another language for communication with other peoples.
Hungarian speakers constitute a community of over 13 million speakers in Hungary and neighbouring areas - the Vojvodina a former autonomous region of Yugoslavia now closely integrated into Serbia , the Transylvanian region of Romania, the Carpatho-Ukraine and Slovakia, with minorities also in the Austrian province of Burgenland Heuberger and Suppan They have strong cultural links with the German language from Imperial times.
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There is a sizeable but shrinking German-speaking community in Hungary, and 14 newspapers and periodicals are published in German. Gal notes some revaluation of German among ethnic Germans in Hungary, especially young adults. A small number of parents are speaking the. In the 8-year schools Year 1 to Year 8 , German is taken by one and a half times as many pupils as English outside Budapest while English is studied more in Years 9 to 12 in the secondary schools Foldes German is perceived by taxi-drivers, waiters, service-station operators as well as professionals as a language that is used increasingly in the professions Bassola Foreign newspapers in news-stands tend to be in German, as does cable TV received in Hungary Foldes The proportion of high-school pupils taking German is higher in Slovakia than in the Czech Republic De Cillia and Anzengruber , Bahlcke , even though there is a much larger German minority in the latter.
A German theatre has been re- established in Prague.
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The foreign language known by most Slovaks is German, but this is changing, as in other successor states to the former East Bloc countries. The foreign newspapers sold on the streets of Brattislava are German high-quality papers and the mass-circulation Viennese Kronen Zeitung.
The Baltic States are developing links with the Nordic Union through Estonia, which shares cultural ties and linguistic similarities with Finland. Lithuania also has strong connections with North America through emigrant communities there. Latvia is the Baltic state which is maintaining its traditional links with the German language most, but mainly in the older and middle generations alongside Russian. More generally, the year-olds would employ German as their language of inter-cultural communication whereas the unders would tend to use English.
Both German and English are providing lexical transfers for signs and. Jakob cites examples from Poland - e. Wand und Boden wall and floor and anders wohnen different living in a furniture store, and K. Officially, each of the languages of the European Union, representing the member states, has equal status.
With the admission of Austria, Finland and Sweden, there are now twelve languages, making for combinations of languages for interpreting and translating purposes.
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The costs and difficulties of implementing the equal-status policy will rise with the eventual membership of smaller Central and Eastern European countries, all with different languages. While all documents and speeches are translated into all the Union languages, a principle that is inherent in the rationale for the European Union, the versions in the less commonly used languages generally take longer to become available than those in the three languages of inter-cultural communication, English, French and German.
There were, in , 1, translators, terminologists and revisors working for the Commission, for the Council, for the Parliament and for the economic and social committees Born and Schiitte In addition, there were about 3, interpreters Von Donat Some bodies function mainly in one language, e. In effect, there are two predominant languages, English and French, and French is by far the more significant within the bureaucracy of the European Union. It is the French version that is generally the model for translation into other languages.
SchloBmacher forthcoming surveyed officials of the then European Community and Parliament and of the members of the European Parliament on their use of the then nine languages in various situations. There was a strong predominance of French as the oral working language, especially in communication with EC organs but also with EC member countries. English was used more only in communication with non-EC member countries, and German was hardly used at all. SchloBmacher points out that the proportion using English is constant, while French is increasing its use at the expense of German and other languages.
This may change once Central and Eastern European countries are able to join the Union. Parliamentarians are slightly more likely to use English than French,. Source: based on SchloBmacher forthcoming. English is slightly more likely to be employed in these contexts by non-native speakers than is French. Because German is employed less than the two other LICCs, the German-language translators are the largest contingent and there has been a popular demand in Germany for an improvement in the status of the language in the European Union Von Donat The challenge of the European Union is to promote diversity within a structure that is very centralist.
French speakers are very conscious of the 'threat' posed by the spread of the English language and have clearly been successful in protecting the position of French which predates the entry of Britain and Ireland into the European Community. The strength of French within the Union administration is clearly not reflected in many other European contexts see other sections of this chapter , in which French has not only been exceeded by English but has also fallen behind German.
Born and Angeli draw attention to the fact that there is no European language policy and to the need for one. The impediments are nationalism, economic considerations, and legal problems. Komitologie sorting out communication problems between committees and erweitertes Prdsidium presidium plus representatives, based on French bureau elargi Born In the above discussion, we have often contrasted the situation of German with that of English.
Ammon makes the point several times that, while the position of German may be improving in some ways, it is unreasonable to expect it to compete with English, which, as the language of high technology and pop music, has a particularly strong appeal to the younger generation. Several Western European countries which have, in the recent years, concentrated their language teaching efforts on English, have expressed regret at the declining resources in other languages, including German.
The Netherlands, for instance, is moving towards a return to the three large European languages German and French as well as English in the school curriculum Nationaal Actie Programma. French had declined substantially in Dutch schools, and German was very much subordinated to English in spite of or because of? France is introducing German and Spanish as well as English into the primary schools, and Italy is introducing French and German as well as English. Some states of Germany itself are implementing a policy of regional language teaching with an emphasis on 'getting to know your neighbour' French, Dutch, Danish.
In Spain, German is catching up on French as a foreign language in schools because of the demands of trade and tourism and due to the contacts through Spanish migrant workers in Germany and the German-language part of Switzerland.
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In a project in progress, Ammon and his colleagues have been studying the self-rated knowledge of English, German and French among. The academics are distributed across the natural and social sciences and humanities. While the incidence of a knowledge of English was almost identical among those under 45 This would suggest that German would decline further as an academic language. The difference between the proportion of scholars claiming English and German competence was greater in Western countries A further question, on which language s they would recommend young scholars in their field to learn, yielded a clear result in favour of English, followed by German, with French third.
In a study conducted before the political changes in Eastern and Central Europe, Medgyes and Kaplan found that, in science and technology, English had already established a lead over all other languages.
Of scholars surveyed, Not being proficient in English was thought to be a disadvantage at an international conference. While English was the undisputed lingua franca of the natural sciences, its position in the humanities and social sciences was not quite so strong and German had a relatively substantial presence in these types of disciplines. Another survey based on a search of job advertisements requiring languages conducted by Ammon and his team in confirmed the place of German between English and French.
Only in Hungary was German in the greatest demand. A proposal to promote multilingualism which has received some attention is Posner's 'polyglot dialogue' whereby everyone has passive command of a number of languages as well as active command of some. In this way, people can speak their own language but be understood by. This mode of communication prevailed in large parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is normal in the Swiss public service Durmuller and in bilingual families. In some ways, it builds on the semi-communication Haugen among speakers of related Scandinavian and Slavic languages.