Zur Rolle von Stereotypisierungen bei Assimilations- und Akkommodationsprozessen

  • Jörg Roche


Meaning is widely understood as being a mental construct generated and negociated by means of viabalisation processes. It constantly develops and changes through processes of assimilation and accommodation. How then can stereotypes develop in such a dynamic system of knowledge management where language is a decisive tool in information transfer? The information transfer based on established parameters contributes to a stabilization of meaning and, as a consequence, serves as a point of reference for further thinking, speaking and doing. Linguistic relativity models have shown how this can in turn promote the dynamics of perception/thinking or, equally well, determine or inhibit it. The aim of the present paper is to show how intercultural language teaching can be conceived as a means to foster dynamic perception and mental construction processes of “the other” while leading to the cultural state of ‘transdifference’ (as opposed to a mere binary contrast of “self” and “other”). Owing to recent and ongoing political events the topic of ‚violence and resistance’ has been chosen to illustrate the approach.
Roche, J. (2016). Zur Rolle von Stereotypisierungen bei Assimilations- und Akkommodationsprozessen. Linguistik Online, 79(5). https://doi.org/10.13092/lo.79.3340