Germanic Languages | The Sounds of Modern German
G448 | 26355 | T.A. Hall


Fall 2005

Germanic Languages ,  The Sounds of Modern German
G448 ,  26355 ,  T. A. Hall

Counts toward COAS Distribution Requirement in NMMC/Mathematical
Sciences and Cognition or Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The language of instruction will be German.

The two primary goals of the course are:
1. to introduce you to the area of linguistics known as phonetics
with particular reference to the articulation of the sounds of
(modern standard) German;
2. to introduce you to the area of linguistics known as phonology
with particular emphasis on the phonology of (modern standard)
German.

A secondary goal of the course is to make you aware of the
differences between German and English with respect to their
inventory of sounds and their sound systems.

This course consists of two parts:
Part I (first third of course): The phonetics of German (how the
sounds are produced); and
Part II (the remainder of the course): The phonology of German (the
rules governing which sounds are permitted in which positions of
German words).

The course material will be in the form of extensive handouts.
Attendance and class participation are crucial to your success in
this course. There will be a midterm (at the end of Part I), regular
homework assignments and a final examination.

It is assumed that your pronunciation of German will improve
significantly as a result of your participation in this course.
However, since each student’s starting point and progress will be
unique, your pronunciation and the improvement of your pronunciation
will not be a factor in evaluating your performance in the course.

Required text:
Mangold, Max; et al. (2000) Duden Aussprachewörterbuch:  Wörterbuch
der deutschen Standardaussprache. (Duden, Band 6.) 4. Auflage.