Germanic Languages | Principles of Word Formation
G458 | 2592 | Rex Sprouse
G458 Principles of German Word Formation (3 cr.)
Counts Fulfills COAS NMMC (Mathematical Sciences and Cognition)
Prerequisite: Completion of G330 with a grade of C- or better. No
previous background in linguistics assumed. This course introduces
students to German morphology, with emphasis on description and
analysis. Morphology is the branch of linguistics devoted to the study
of words. We will consider the three major areas of German morphology:
(1)inflection (grammatically determined forms of words: der lange
Mantel-ein langer Mantel-die langen Mäntel-lange Mäntel;
(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, for which German is so famous: Donaudampfschiffahrtgesellschaft,
Students in this course should significantly enlarge their German
vocabularies and gain insights into the rules and principles governing
the structure of words in German. In general, the Monday sessions
will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of new concepts and
information in an informal lecture format, whereas the Wednesday
sessions will assume a workshop format and will be devoted to the
discussion of homework and in-class exercises designed both to
reinforce the descriptive and analytic material and to encourage
vocabulary development. The language of instruction will be German.
Over the course of the semester, students will have four (4) written
assignments to hand in. Furthermore, there will be one hourly
examination ("midterm") and a regularly scheduled final examination.
Class attendance, preparation, and participation form an integral part
of the course.
Texts: Duden Deutsches Universalwörterbuch. 1996. 3., neu bearbeitete
und erweiterte Auflage. Mannheim: Dudenverlag. ISBN: 3-411-05503-0.
Vater, Heinz. 1996. Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft. 2.
Auflage. (Uni-Taschenbücher, 1799.) Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag/UTB
für Wissenschaft. ISBN: 3-8252-1799-X.