Germanic Languages | Principles of German Morphology
G558 | 24991 | T.A. Hall
Germanic Languages , Principles of German Morphology
G558 , 24991 , T. A. Hall
Prerequisites: None. In particular, this course does not have as a
prerequisite any specific background in linguistics.
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 be highlighted, as well as the
place of German(ic) morphology within the broader typological space
of the world’s languages. We will consider the three major areas of
(1) inflection (grammatically determined forms of words: der
große Wagen-ein großer Wagen-die großen Wagen-große Wagen; singen-
(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,
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. It is
strongly recommended for students pursuing the Ph.D. in Germanic
Linguistics and Philology.
A reading packet containing all articles to be discussed will be
made available at the beginning of the semester. An optional
textbook is Haspelmath, M. 2002. Understanding Morphology. London:
Arnold. ISBN 0 340 76026 5.