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Charles M Barrack
GERMAN 556
Seattle Campus

Middle High German

Class description

Autumn 2009:

This course is an introduction to the Middle High German language, the ancestor to Modern German spoken between from about 1100 till 1400 AD. The major phonological and morphological developments from Indo-European to Germanic to Old High and then Middle High German are presented. Since this is the first great period of German literature, there will be readings in lyric and narrative poetry, ending with Hartmann von Aue's legend, Der Arme Heinrich, as well as an introduction to the sociological and philosophical concepts underlying courtly and heroic literature of the Middle Ages. Undergraduates with some facility in reading of German texts are welcome.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be taught in English.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stephanie N. Welch
Date: 04/30/2009