Events | The limits of the sayable

Berlin | May 8, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Photo: Ming Jun Tan/Unsplash

Is the demand for politically correct language an expression of an emancipatory society or of authoritarian rule? "Fair speech alone does not create a fair world. But by using it, we show that we want a fair world at all," writes linguist and blogger Anatol Stefanowitsch in his recent book "A Question of Morality. Why we need politically correct language" (Duden 2018). Others, on the other hand, speak of organized linguistic and intellectual cowardice, which paralyzes practically the entire social field from top to bottom in the political-journalistic space. Do the two positions signify fundamental opposites in our liberal society or is it really something else?

Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. [Nbsp] V. together with the Literaturhaus Berlin take the annual event in remembrance of the book burning on May 10, 1933 as an opportunity to explore the limits of the sayable.

Anatol Stefanowitsch | Photo: Bernd Wannenmacher

Prof. Dr. Anatol Stefanowitsch (* 1970) grew up in Berlin, Hamburg and Hertfordshire. He studied English, research in second language acquisition and general linguistics in Hamburg and Houston. Since 2012 he is professor for the structure of today's English at the Free University of Berlin. In his research, Stefanovich deals with grammatical constructions and conceptual metaphors. His main focus is Corpus Linguistics. With a focus on loanwords, language policy and language discrimination, he is also active as a science blogger ( and lecturer.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7 p.m.

Literaturhaus Berlin
Fasanenstraße 23
10719 Berlin

7€ / red. 4€
R.s.v.p via

An event in cooperation with the Literaturhaus Berlin

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