The physical body

We usually forget that what we say or do is not sound, air or movement that "comes out of us", as it were, but that we ourselves are our communication. What I say, that's me, me at that particular moment in that particular state of mind.

Moreover, today it is well-known that our whole body forms part of our communication, both in its static and its dynamic state. Therefore it is essential to reflect on aspects of our physical body in every encounter. 

The aspect of competence (incl. language competence) is discussed within this framework of being a physical entity.

Der Rausch der Sprache - Ueberlegungen zum Erwerb des Japanischen (2013) (.version 2)

Language is implicit in the body

Sprachkompetenz und Feldforschung (1994)

Being in situations as an outsider

Transkulturalität und Pädagogik: Grundsatzüberlegungen zur Entwicklung eines kommunikativen deutsch-japanischen Austauschs (Essay)   (2006)

Structuring frameworks for fusing skills and knowledge


What makes up language competence?

What does language competence mean in the context of intercultural understanding? (2010)

Grappling with the unknown as both an emotional and a cognitive process

異文化間コミュニケーションにおける言語能力-文化人類学の方法論から見出せる可能性 (2010)

Knowing that and knowing how - Learning from cultural anthropology

Performing to increase turnover (2005)

Normative values concerning the use of the body

Beyond the Japanese Language - Communication and the Human Body (2009)

Communication is me as a bodily self

The Body and its Feet (2012)

Extremity and center

Schreibenlernen in Japan (2014) (.version 2)

Forming the body

Japan: Killing Motivation (2011)

Blocking the energy to be an active body

Japanische Schülergedichte - Poems of Japanese School Children (1988/2002)

Becoming aware of bodily "self"

Was vermissen die japanischen Studenten in Deutschland? (2009)

What Japanese exchange students miss

How do Japanese students prepare for going to sleep? (2008)