German National Identity and the World Cup

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Research is increasingly becoming a point of focus in the professional development of staff at the HIB Academy.  A recent publication of a former HIB Academy lecturer who has now migrated to Canada, caught my attention as it addresses a topic which seems to be fading in the minds of the German population (at least, from all appearances): „The adrenaline rush of World Cup fever“.  In her article

Die Konstruktion nationaler Identität in den deutschen Medien zur WM 2006: Anregungen zu einer linguistischen Zeitungstextanalyse im DaF-Unterricht

Assistant Professor Retzlaff discusses the linguistic elements of the press‘ treatment of this euphoria and its implications for the construction of German national identity and the traces left behind. 

For me, coming from a country desperately struggling against the odds to attain „first world“ status, but where each citizen declares that they are „Proud to be a Trini“, this idea of constructing national identity is new.

I definitely found the data collected for the research (and of course, the linguistic review itself) and interesting read.


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