Do words have the power to win wars?

Guiding questions  

  • Have you ever gotten into a conflict with someone over what they said:  
    • to you? 
    • about you? 
    • about something or someone you care about? 
  • Was/how was the conflict resolved? 
  • How did you feel about the resolution? 
    • Was the resolution permanent or temporary? 
  • How did the language that was used before / during / after the conflict effect how you and the other person(s) acted? 

Links 

Videos 

English: Why language matters  

French: Le message clair 

Spanish: La importancia del lenguaje en la resolución de conflictos 

Articles 

English: Diplomats’ language skills can stop wars – we must not let them slide 

English: Language as a Tool of Conflict Resolution: The problem of familiar address 

French:  Le rôle ambivalent de la langue dans les conflits armés : facteur d'unité et outil de division 

Spanish: Journal with several articles -  Razones y Emociones: Lenguaje y conflicto