Joseph B. Voyles
Introduction to basic grammatical concepts, terminology, and linguistics with emphasis on German-English relationship. Overview of phonology, morphology, syntax, and history of Germanic languages and people, both ancient and modern. Languages covered include Old, Middle, and New High German; English, Frisian, Dutch, Old Saxon, and Gothic. Taught in English. Offered: jointly with LING 220.
This course consists of three segments. The first is an introduction to the bases of linguistic analysis, description and terminology. Second, an overview of the history of and the genetic relationships among the Germanic languages, both ancient and modern, is given. At this stage each student will “adopt” a Germanic language of his or her choice and compile an analysis of the basic phonology, morphology and syntax of their language with a brief text in a paper of 10-15 pages. Third, this analysis is to be photocopied, distributed and orally presented to the other members of the class.
Student learning goals
At the conclusion of the course the participant will have a comparative grammar of Germanic and a sample of each of the Germanic languages as presented by the other students in the course.
General method of instruction
There are no prerequisites in German language or in linguistics for this course.
Class assignments and grading
Grading will be based on the homework, a midterm, a final and the paper on the particular Germanic language which the student has selected.