Reading German: A Course and Reference Grammar

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Read TEXT 6A again: Professor Ammon behauptet, der Rangverlust von Deutsch als Wissenschaftssprache habe seine tiefere Ursache im Rangverlust der Wissenschaft in den deutschsprachigen Ländern. An ihrer Stelle hätten die USA, d. h. ein englischsprachiges Land, die wissenschaftliche Führung in der Welt übernommen.Ein grober, aber doch brauchbarer Indikator für diese Verschiebung sei der Anteil der deutschsprachigen und der englischsprachigen Wissenschaftler an den Nobelpreisen. Hier gebe es eine deutliche Parallele: Während 1920 noch 44% der Nobelpreisträger für Naturwissenschaften deutschsprachiger Herkunft waren, und nur 33,3% englischsprachiger Herkunft, betrug z. B. 1980 der Anteil deutschsprachiger Naturwissenschaftler nur noch 11,9%, aber der Anteil der englischsprachigen Nobelpreisträger war auf 64,1% gestiegen.TEXT 7A
1 Eine Sprache ist im wörtlichen Sinne international, wenn sie A language is in the literal sense international, if it
2 zwischen Bürgern verschiedener Nationen verwendet wird. is usedbetween citizens of different nations.
3 Aber der Begriff setzt auβerdem voraus, daβ es sich um But the term presupposes also, that they are
4 Muttersprachler verschiedener Sprachen handelt. native speakers of different languages.
5 Wenn Deutsch nur zwischen Deutschen und If German only were (to be) used between Germans and
6 Österreichern oder deutschsprachigen Schweizern verwendet würde, Austrians or German-speaking Swiss people,
7könnte man kaum von einer internationalen Sprache sprechen; one could hardly speak of an international language;
8 erst wenn eine Sprache mit oder unter Anderssprachigen only if a language is being used with or amongst speakers of other
9 verwendet wird, ist sie eine wirklich internationale languagescan it be calleda truly international
10 Sprache zu nennen. Sind die verschiedensprachigen Partner language. If the (lit.:) different-speaking partners are
11 nicht Bürger verschiedener Staaten, so wird die Sprache zwar not citizens of different states, the languageis, it's true,
12 interlingual, aber noch nicht international verwendet. being used 'interlingually'. but not yet internationally.

Adapted from: Ulrich Ammon, "Die deutsche Sprache: Lingua Franca im Schatten von Englisch?", Deutschland, Zeitschrift für Politik, Kultur, Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft, 1 ( Feb. 94).

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Reading German: A Course and Reference Grammar
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Authors' Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • About This Book x
  • Part I - Reading Course 1
  • List of Chapter Topics 3
  • 1 9
  • 2 14
  • 3 22
  • 4 30
  • 5 38
  • 6 44
  • 7 51
  • 8 58
  • 9 65
  • 10 73
  • 11 80
  • 12 89
  • 13 94
  • 14 98
  • 15 104
  • 16 110
  • Key to Coursebook Exercises 117
  • Part II - Reference Section 131
  • List of Topics 133
  • Key to Further Exercises 321
  • Part IV - German-English Text Corpus 335
  • List of Texts 336
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