Linguistic and cultural stereotype in the Early Modern period

Sub-project by Prof. Dr. Horst Simon

This sub-project looks into the presentation and the possible transfer of linguistic and cultural stereotypes as displayed in the textbooks. Cultural stereotypes can, e.g., already be found in the first Italian textbooks for language learning. For instance, it is maintained that Germans might negotiate awkwardly and moreover tend to drink too much alcohol, which has consequences for their behaviour in business affairs such as the signing of a contract. Within this project, such stereotypes will be extracted from the model dialogues. In this context, it is important to distinguish between explicitly mentioned attributions (even though they are not marked as stereotypical) and attributions which are solely activated on the representational level, i.e. when a character behaves in a way that the author regards as typical.