This paper gives a historical overview of contrastive linguistic as part of the synchronous linguistic studies and describes its meaning in language teaching. Strictly connected with it is the role of native language in the hypotheses of first and second language acquisition as well as the methodical settings. In regard to the current discussion this work describes the reciprocal effects of the contrastive linguistic with different theoretical principles. The author points out different reasons, which she thinks responsible for the resurgence of contrastive linguistic in foreign language didactics. Among these are multilingualism didactics, language awareness concepts, learn-psychological aspects from the research in bilingualism, as well as the appearance of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages with the integration of the language mediation as a communicative activity.
Nied, M.L. (2015). Kontrastive Linguistik, Sprachbewusstheit und Mehrsprachigkeit. In Vincenzo Gannuscio (a cura di), Kontrastive Perspektiven im deutschen Sprach- und Kulturerwerb (pp. 9-33). Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang.