Germanic Languages | Introduction to the Structure of Modern German
G451 | 2629 | Sprouse


Three credit hour course meets; 2:30-3:45, MW in BH 221.

Prerequisite: G330 with a grade of C- or better. This course is designed to
introduce students to the study of German syntax (sentence structure), with
emphasis on description and analysis. No previous background in linguistics is
assumed. The first part of the course will be concerned primarily with
description of Modern German exploring topics such as constituent structure,
grammatical functions, word order, tense and mood, the passive voice, and the
use and interpretation of pronouns.  The second part of the course will be an
introduction to the basics of contemporary syntactic and semantic theory, as
applied to Modern German.

The language of instruction will be German.  Reading assignments in textbooks
will be discussed in detail in class in an informal lecture format.  Over the
course of the semester, students will have five (5) written assignments to
hand in.  Furthermore, there will be one hourly examination ("midterm") and a
regularly scheduled final examination.  Class attendence, preparation, and
participation form an integral part of the course.

Texts:
(+) Vater, EINF&Uulm;HRUNG IN DIE SPRACHWISSENSCHAFT
(+) Wöllstein-Leisten, DEUTSCHE SATZSTRUCTUR; GRUNDLAGEN DER
SYNATKTISCHEN ANALYSE.