ZUSAMMENreden

ZUSAMMENreden

The project ZUSAMMENreden was dedicated to the linguistic diversity at Styrian elementary schools. Our research questions were: How can living together in a multilingual school setting be successful? How can this process be supported? What would language-friendly spaces look like? Our indirect objective for this project was to act as a catalyst for a societal change of values in which multilingualism is considered an asset – a resource for the individual as well as for society as a whole. This means stepping away from focusing on the negatively-connotated image of a “non-German native language”.

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Voicing People

Voicing People

On the European Day of Languages, 26 September 2012, treffpunkt sprachen – Plurilingualism Research Unit, Akademie Graz and the association [spiːk] offered another tour through Graz with the popular language bus.

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wir spechen uns

wir spechen uns

The animated short film wir sprechen uns by Julia Laggner and Andrea Markart displays the diverse multilingual reality of six fictional characters.

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Linguistic Landscape Deluxe

Linguistic Landscape Deluxe

Linguistic diversity is an important cultural resource of the world. Every language has its unique characteristics and is tied to a distinctive understanding of the world. It is essential that young people get to know and speak the language of their culture. Languages facilitate our personal development and expand our horizons.

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My Languages

My Languages

Prior to the exhibition Sprachenlandschaft Graz. Eine Stadt spricht 150 Sprachen, treffpunkt sprachen – Plurilingualism Research Unit held interviews with multilingual people from Graz, in cooperation with ORF Styria. The interviews were broadcasted through Radio Steiermark and presented at the exhibition. In the interviews, people talk about how and why they came to Graz, about their lives in Graz, about their languages, and tell us what they like about Graz and Styria. In addition, each interview features one of many languages used in Graz.

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Language Bus 31

Language Bus 31

On the occasion of the "Lange Nacht der Sprachen" (Long Night of Languages) in September 2010, the association [spiːk], treffpunkt sprachen / Plurilingualism Research Unit, and Akademie Graz offered a tour with the “language bus 31”.

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Linguistic Landscape Graz

Linguistic Landscape Graz

Graz is known to be UNESCO World Heritage, City of Human Rights, Capital of Culture and Delight and – as of 2011 – City of Design. However, most people are unfamiliar with Graz’s role as “City of Languages”: An impressive 150 different languages are used in Graz!

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