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Multilingual Switzerland – Languages are more than merely a means of communication, they also shape our daily lives, are a part of our culture, touch us directly and connect us with other people, or sets us apart from them. In Switzerland, in addition to the four national languages, countless dialects, accents, slangs and languages of immigrants can be heard.
Visit the National Museum Zurich for a sensory journey through Switzerland’s language areas. Learn through interactive sound technology how the predecessors of our languages were born, how they evolved or died out, how new linguistic and cultural borders arose and how they caused disputes in the past, and indeed still do. Returning to the present, the exhibition dives into the linguistic diversity of an ordinary day, where language can be a resource as well as a hindrance or sometimes simply goes unheard.