Germanic Languages | Principles of German Word Formation
G458 | 24999 | Hall
G458: Principles of German Word Formation (3 cr.) Hall
Prerequisite: Completion of G330 with a grade of C- or better. No
previous background in linguistics assumed.
Counts toward COAS Distribution Requirement in NMMC/Mathematical
Sciences and Cognition or Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
The language of instruction will be German. 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
(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:
Students in this course should:
(1) significantly enlarge their German vocabularies;
(2) improve their grasp of the grammatically determined forms of
nouns, verbs, and adjectives; and
(3) gain insights into the rules and principles governing the
structure of words in German.