Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

Anglizismen in der Pressesprache der deutschen Schweiz

Plaschy, Stephanie

In: Bulletin VALS-ASLA, 2003, vol. 77, p. 51-66

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    English is gaining importance in almost all domains of everyday life in the German-speaking world. The influence of English on other languages such as German is no longer restricted to technical terms or science, but is socially acceptable and even necessary for German-speaking society. One domain in which many English words would be expected is that of newspaper language. Four authors of M.A. theses, Pia Engler (Die Weltwoche – 1986), Anita Kaiser-Panzer (Neue Zürcher Zeitung und Blick – 1996), Gabi Lämmli (Schaffhauser Nachrichten und Solothurner Zeitung – 2000) und Stephanie Plaschy (Walliser Bote – 2002), analysed the use of English words in different newspapers from the German-speaking part of Switzerland in order to discover whether the readers of these newspapers need a dictionary to find their way through the linguistic jungle of German and English words. This article provides a description of the four studies including their goals, their quantitative and qualitative approaches as well as their results.