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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Do you speak European?

Prof Bernhard Kytzler.

Most of the European languages use words inherited from ancient Greek or Latin to designate important phenomena in their daily life, from 'school' to 'butter', from 'philosophy' to 'hospital', from 'church' to 'police'. Portuguese and Polish expressions take up the same roots and change only a few elements in spelling and pronunciation; so do French and German, English and Italian, Russian and Spanish and Greek. We may consider these common elements in most of the various languages of Europe a single common language, called 'European' after the name of the geographical region in which they are used .
The purpose of this paper is to illustrate this phenomenon and to discuss ways and means to further the awareness of this common European heritage.


Prof Bernhard Kytzler  (South Africa)
Graduate Studies
University of Natal

Prof Kytzle was born in Hindenburg, Germany, 1929. Catholic, divorced, 2 sons, 2 grandsons. dr. phil. summa cum laude 1956 from Freie Universitaet Berlin. Professor there 1970 - 1992, at Natal University, South Africa, until 1997; thereafter Emeritus.

  • Language elements shared

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)