With legislation setting the way the German Language may be spoken forever – is this a good thing?
A recent article published on The Guardian website has discussed the changing nature of the German language. In today’s video, we examine the article and discuss why the German language is set to change.
It has been reported recently that the federal justice ministry in Germany has called for all State bodies to use genderneutral language in their paperwork. It is suggested that the apparent arbitrary use of masculine, feminine and neutral gender articles in the German language has confused non-native speakers for centuries. The justice ministry’s request is forcing the country to face change.
Linguistic experts suggest that it will be difficult to change the use of grammar through legislation, and predict it would take centuries for the change to occur.
A spokesperson for the London Translations said recently…
“We agree that legislation alone will not change grammar, but it does signpost the direction of travel. Only a few decades ago the English language was almost exclusively phrased in the masculine but now terms such as ‘Chairman’ and ‘Fireman’ are frequently replaced with the gender-neutral Chair and Firefighter. Words are important and, in our opinion, any move aimed at changing the form of words to encourage a greater sense of inclusion should be welcomed”.
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