The network will address the following major questions:
- 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?
- How do different constructions of the European, German and respective national identities relate to each other, compete and interact?
- Which results can different linguistic and discourse analytical methods yield when analysing textual manifestations of identities from a crosscultural perspective?
- 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?