Germanic Languages | Introduction to German Morphology
G458 | 15118 | 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 morphology:

(1) inflection (grammatically determined forms of words: der lange
Mantel-ein langer Mantel-die langen Mäntel-lange Mäntel;
singen-sang-gesungen);

(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,
Entwicklungsplanungskommissionsvorsitzende(r),
Dauerarbeitslosigkeitsbekämpfungsgesetz).

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.

The course grade will be based on problem sets (50%), a quiz (15%),
class participation (10%) and the final examination (25%).  The course
material will be in the form of extensive handouts. Attendance and
class participation are crucial to your success in this course.