Germanic Languages | Principles of German Morphology
G558 | 2819 | Prof. Sprouse


G558 Principles of German Morphology

Morphology is the branch of linguistics devoted to the study of word
structure. This course introduces students to the study of the
morphology of Modern German within recent, mainstream generative
theory, with emphasis on description, analysis, and argumentation.
Students will become familiar with central issues in morphology and
the relationship between morphology and other areas of grammar, such
as phonology and syntax. German-English similarities and contrasts in
word formation processes will also be highlighted. We will consider
the three major areas of German morphology:
	(1)	inflection (grammatically determined forms of words:
der große Wagen-ein großer Wagen-die großen Wagen-große Wagen;
singen-sang-gesungen);
	(2)	derivation (the creation of new words using devices
such as prefixes and suffixes:  finden-erfinden-Erfinder-Erfindung);
and
	(3)	compounding (the combination of two or more words to
form a single word:  Donaudampfschiffahrtgesellschaft,
Dauerarbeitslosigkeitsbekämpfungsgesetz).

The course will begin with a brief introduction to morphological
analysis on the basis of the Fromkin textbook, which will also serve
as a reference for the background in phonology and syntax that will
become relevant over the course of the term. Most of the course will
be devoted to careful reading and discussion of recent scholarly
articles and book chapters treating (primarily) German inflection,
derivation, and compounding. During this part of the course, each
student will present an article to the class and write up a brief (ca.
5-page) summary and review of it. At the end of the term students will
submit a final course paper and give a thiry-minute class presentation
based on it.

Course grades:
	Class participation			25%
	Article presentation/summary/review	25%
	Course paper and presentation		50%

This course now counts toward the fulfilment of the Linguistics
requirements for the M.A. in Germanic Studies and the Ph.D. in Modern
German Literature and Culture in the same way as G551.