Germanic Languages | Introduction to the Structure of Modern German
G451 | 2973 | Sprouse
Prerequisites: G330 with a grade of C- or better.
This course counts toward COAS Distribution Requirement in Natural
and Mathematical Sciences.
Syntax is the branch of linguistics devoted to the study of the
structure of phrases and sentences. This course is designed to
introduce students to the study of German syntax, with emphasis on
description and analysis. No previous background in linguistics is
assumed. The course explores topics in the syntax of Modern German
such as clause structure, case and grammatical functions, word order,
the passive voice, and the use and interpretation of pronouns. We
will be interested both in developing a basic understanding of the
syntactic structure of German from a linguistic perspective and in
considering some of the aspects of German syntax that pose special
problems for advanced (English-speaking) learners of German.
The language of instruction will be German.
There will be no textbook. New material will be presented in class,
and we will work both in informal-lecture format and in small-group
format. Homework assignments will generally involve applying the
principles presented in class to analyze additional German examples,
either constructed by the instructor or occurring in authentic German
texts. There will be seven (7) brief in-class quizzes, four (4)
written assignments to hand in, and a regularly scheduled final
examination. Class attendance, preparation, and participation form an
integral part of the course.