What is the status and image of German in comparison to other languages? What role does German play as an academic teaching and research subject in non-German-speaking countries? The papers in this volume examine contemporary and historical external views of the German language. The authors are specialists in German studies from outside the German-speaking world, together with a few from within Germany.
The Editor was Director of the Institute for German Language until 2002. He continues to work as an Honorary Professor of German Linguistics at the University of Mannheim