Germanic Languages | German Phonetics & Phonology
G548 | 2985 | Rex Sprouse


G548:  German Phonetics and Phonology
Fall 2003
Section number 2985; 3 cr.
Mondays & Wednesday 17.45-19.00, BH 208

Instructor:	Rex A. Sprouse; Ballantine Hall 661; 855-3248;
rsprouse@indiana.edu

Texts:
Mangold, Max; et al.  (2000)  Duden Aussprachewörterbuch: Wörterbuch
der deutschen Standardaussprache.  (Duden, Band 6.)  4. Auflage.
Mannheim:  Bibliographisches Institut/Dudenverlag.
ISBN: 3-411-04064-5.
	
Spencer, Andrew (1996)  Phonology.  Cambridge, MA:  Blackwell.
ISBN: 0-631-19233-6.

Wiese (1996) The Phonology of German. New York: Oxford University
Press.
ISBN: 0-19-829950-8.	

articles on reserve in BH 643

instructor-generated handouts

Prerequisites:	
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
course.

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