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Basic questions

The network will address the following major questions:

  1. How are European and national identities, among them Germany from within and from without, constructed through language? Which stereotypical attributes, which narratives and which linguistic patterns are evident?
  2. How do different constructions of the European, German and respective national identities relate to each other, compete and interact?
  3. Which results can different linguistic and discourse analytical methods yield when analysing textual manifestations of identities from a crosscultural perspective?
  4. How may factors such as the perception of the size and power of a nation or historical relations influence the discursive construction of identities from different group perspectives?