Talk is silver, silence is golden. – Even keeping silent is a form of language.
“A different language is a different vision of life “
– Federico Fellini
Towards the end of the 18th century all things oriental were in fashion. The then reigning Elector Palatine consequently wanted a part of his palace ground to look oriental and first had a Turkish garden laid out and then a mosque built, known as the Red Mosque. Now this mosque was never meant as a place of worship but rather as a glorification of a world spirit (as seen from a European point-of-view, a eurocentric vision, culture appropriation as we understand it now and consequently “bad” but very advanced and unprejudiced at the time).
While the mosque itself is a statement in a very specific language, walls inside and outside were decorated with Arabic phrases and their translations. How correct the Arabic writing is, I don’t know. If they came from genuine Arabic sources, I don’t know. There are so many facets of language and understanding and vision in this alone, the language itself, the sources, the presentation…
And to add another vision: I am now working as a GSL teacher, German as second language, which in German is known as DAZ (Deutsch als Zweitsprache).
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