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Joseph B. Voyles
GERMAN 220
Seattle Campus

Origins of the Germanic Languages

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.

Class description

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.

In English.

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

Recommended preparation

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.


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: 02/17/2009