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Der deutsch-französische Sprachenkrieg

Ein Beispiel vergleichender Sprachphysiognomik

Reinhart Meyer-Kalkus

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Reinhart Meyer-Kalkus, Michael Fischer(Hg.), Fernand Hörner(Hg.), Der deutsch-französische Sprachenkrieg (2013), Waxmann Verlag, 48159 Münster, ISSN: 1619-0548, 2012 #1, p.17

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The stereotypes of other cultures and nations in Europe since the 16th and 17th century are often marked by stereotypes of their spoken language. A case in point is the German-French discourse about the sounds of the language of the other. French authors describe in vivid terms how barbaric the German language sounds to them, whereas German authors defend their language and attack the French language as lacking all musicality and expressiveness, serving only to cheat one another. These stereotypes are deeply rooted in the German-French cultural relations and survive to this very day. The article describes the essential steps of these debates since the 17th century and ends with an overview of the discussions about the »singability« of both languages in Rousseau, Richard Wagner and Roland Barthes.

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