Germanic Languages | Gothic
G632 | 27032 | K. Gade


The aims of G632 are twofold: to provide an introduction to historical
Germanic linguistics and to present a treatment of the phonology and
morphology of Gothic, the oldest Germanic language recorded in
connected texts. We shall trace the phonological and morphological
developments from Proto Indo-European to Gothic, and comparative
evidence from the other Germanic languages (Old Norse, Old English,
Old Saxon, Old High German) will be used to highlight the discussion.
Instruction will be through lectures supplemented by background
reading. Class activity will involve discussion of readings plus
translation and linguistic analysis of Gothic texts. The grade will be
based on class participation, a midterm, a final exam and a final oral
report on a project.
Book:
Braune, William. 2004. Gotische Grammatik mit Lesestücken und
Wörverzeichnis. 20th rev. edn by Frank Heidermanns. Tübingen:
Niemeyer. ISBN 3-484-10850-9