Lexicon in Change
Loan words under observation
This unit shows that loanwords do not constitute a threat to “linguistic purity”, but become integrated parts of the German language. Participants investigate the contribution of loanwords to the lexicon by analysing meaning differences in word pairs that at first glance consist of “typically German” and “alien” synonyms. Based on this, they discuss loanwords from historical and contemporary language contact and explore their integration into German grammar and spelling.