Erzählung

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From er- (or-: out, resulting from) +‎ zählen (tell) +‎ -ung (-ing: forming nouns from verbs).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛɐˈtsɛːlʊŋ/ (standard; used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
  • IPA(key): /-ˈtseː-/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Er‧zäh‧lung

Noun[edit]

Erzählung f (genitive Erzählung, plural Erzählungen)

  1. tale, story; narration
    Synonym: Geschichte
  2. narrative (presentation of an event or story in a way to promote a certain point of view)
    Synonym: Narrativ
    • 2022 January 4, Valentin Sagvosdkin, “debatte: Ökonomische Monokultur”, in Die Tageszeitung: taz[1], ISSN 0931-9085, page 12:
      Die typisch neoliberale Erzählung geht so: Der Staat ist in Wirtschaftsfragen eher inkompetent.
      The typical neoliberal narrative goes like this: that in questions of the economy, the state is quite incompetent.

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