Refugees, languages and a tomahawk

By Alain Denjean, July 2016

The people, mainly from Syria, whom we have taken in since the summer of 2015 have lost everything. They are no longer anything but human beings, “human beings in general”. That triggers sympathy and initiative among many citizens. In others it produces scepticism, indeed hate. The latter repress this “general humanness” and fear that these people will bring alien values into the host country and will thereby destroy the current way of life. What language do we have to speak so that we can live together despite the different cultures? [more]

Lifting the treasure of words

By Lisbeth Wutte, July 2016

When we deal with small children, we should be aware of our feelings. We should be capable of articulating feelings in a differentiated way. When we describe the actions of children in descriptive rather than judgemental words, our behaviour has a peacemaking effect. [more]


Speaking role model

By Mathias Maurer, July 2016

Frederick II (1194–1250) wanted to discover the original language of humanity. The following experiment is attributed to him: he gave newborn children to nurses who fed and cared for them but did not speak to them. All the children died. [more]