Germanic Languages | German Phonetics & Phonology
G548 | 2985 | Rex Sprouse
G548: German Phonetics and Phonology
Section number 2985; 3 cr.
Mondays & Wednesday 17.45-19.00, BH 208
Instructor: Rex A. Sprouse; Ballantine Hall 661; 855-3248;
Mangold, Max; et al. (2000) Duden Aussprachewörterbuch: Wörterbuch
der deutschen Standardaussprache. (Duden, Band 6.) 4. Auflage.
Mannheim: Bibliographisches Institut/Dudenverlag.
Spencer, Andrew (1996) Phonology. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
Wiese (1996) The Phonology of German. New York: Oxford University
articles on reserve in BH 643
Intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn about the German
sound system. However, neither a thorough knowledge of German nor
any specific background in linguistics is a prerequisite for this
This course will cover the basics of how the sounds of German are
articulated and survey several of the perennially studied aspects of
the German sound system: final obstruent devoicing, the ach-Laut/ich-
Laut alternation, the spirantization of /g/, aspiration of voiceless
stops, the distribution of schwa, umlaut, the vocalization of /r/,
stress assignment, the phonology of loanwords, etc. We will consider
description, analysis, and theoretical consequences.
The course grade will be based on the following criteria:
25% four short written assignments/problem sets
25% class participation and exposés
50% course paper