Idea and Concept of EuroLSJ

For the original concise description of the EuroLSJ concept published in 2013 in the Studies in Eurolinguistics, Vol. 9, at Logos Verlag (in German), please click here

The Eurolinguistic view of the European Languages

The languages of Europe in different views: classic (camera 1) and eurolinguistic (camera 2)

Let’s imagine the total linguistic reality of the world as a big table where the languages are represented by the columns (from L1 to Ln) and their constituting elements (i. e. all components and structural characteristics) by the lines (from E1 to En). Then the view of classic linguistics is that of camera 1: language by language, across the elements. In contrast to this, concerning the european languages, eurolinguistics make a turn of 90 degrees around the matter and view the languages from the position of camera 2: element by element, across the languages. This also happens in comparative linguistics, contact linguistics and in detailed etymological descriptions of single languages. The particular of eurolinguistics is the specialization on Europe, where, caused by historico-cultural commonalities, an especially tight interweaving of languages can be found. This interweaving is turning out in form of similar contents of the lines, i. e. similarity of the data concerning one element among many languages. Within the languages of Europe this is occurring frequently.

These similarities are an precious help for the acquirement of every european language, since language skills already existing support the understanding of new languages to learn in the measure both have similar elements. In cognitive psychology, this effect is called transfer of learning. Transfer of learning is taking place naturally wherever someone tries to understand something new. Thus, by collecting the most wide spread similarities between the european languages, transfer of learning gets increased for all of them to the utmost. To achieve this, the EuroLSJ procedure concentrates the similar elements of every line of the table to a common representative. In the pattern of the table, the collection of these common representatives is shown as column L, behind camera 2, as the outcome of its observations.

So much about the immediate benefit of the EuroLSJ project for everyone’s life in Europe. Why this is also important for Europe as a community: please click here

(c) Erhard Steller 2013

(c) Erhard Steller 2013