"Receptive multilingualism in the Dutch-German border area - A comparison between civic and governmental intercultural discourse"

The focus of this project is on receptive multilingualism. In today’s world people are seeking for better communication strategies in order to obtain the best possible level of communicating in intercultural communication. In this research a rather new strategy is analysed, which is characterised by the fact that participants in an intercultural conversation speak their mother tongue and have enough knowledge of the other language to understand each other. Both civic organisations and governmental organisations are used in case studies, of each category one in Germany and one in The Netherlands. The data will be compared both cross-organisational as well as intercultural. By doing a qualitative comparative discourse analysis results are sought to support the hypothesis which states that receptive multilingualism is indeed a successful communication strategy in the Dutch-German border area. By comparing civic organisations with governmental organisations more sight can be gained on the development of understanding and agreement between the two countries within the civil society. Intercultural discourse can be a barometer for the development of a civil society within European society.




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