The main aim of this course is to introduce students to the analysis of the German morphological system.
On successful completion of this course students are able to:
- describe the basic categories of German morphology;
- characterize and explain the main morphological processes of German;
- describe the most important differences between the main morphological processes of German and Italian;
- apply the acquired knowledge to specific examples of the common language;
- provide evidence that they have acquired advanced language skills corresponding to the fourth level (B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
"Introduction to German morphology"
This course, which does not have as a prerequisite any specific background in linguistics, introduces students to the study of German morphology with emphasis on description and analysis. Students will become familiar with central concepts such as ‘Morphem’, ‘Morph’, ‘Allomorph’, ‘Fugenelement’, ‘Ablaut’, ‘Umlaut’, ‘Wortbildungsprozess’, ‘Produktivität’, etc. Word structure and word structure rules will be described and scientific analysis techniques will be practiced. In particular, German-Italian similarities and contrasts in word formation processes will be highlighted.
This course is taught in German. Students not attending the course should contact the Professor in order to get a detailed explanation of their program.
Teaching method: frontal teaching.
Alber, Birgit (2015). Einführung in die Morphologie des Deutschen. Verona: QuiEdit. Required both for students attending or not attending the course.
Cantarini, Sibilla (2018). Bildung und Verwendung von Neologismen in der deutschen Wirtschaftssprache der Gegenwart. Milano: EDUCatt. Students not attending the course have to read introductory parts of the book.
Additional material is available on the e-learning platform of the course.
The following books are for those students who have difficulties in reading the German texts:
Graffi, Giorgio e Sergio Scalise (2002). Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica, Bologna, Il Mulino.
Sergio Scalise (1994). Morfologia. Bologna, Il Mulino.
|Cantarini, Sibilla||Bildung und Verwendung von Neologismen in der deutschen Wirtschaftssprache der Gegenwart (Edizione 1)||EDUCatt||2018||978-88-9335-289-5|
|Alber, Birgit||Einführung in die Morphologie des Deutschen (Edizione 2)||QuiEdit||2015||978-88-6464-292-5|
|Graffi, Giorgio; Scalise, Sergio||Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica||Il Mulino, Bologna||2013||9788815241795|
|Scalise, Sergio||Morfologia||Il Mulino||1994|
Exams are only written and in German. During the examination students should answer two questions and solve some exercises. Students not attending the course should contact the Professor in a timely manner, in order to get a detailed explanation of their program and written exam. The written exam will be similar to the one of the students attending the course. Linguistic competence required: level B2 (CEFR), certified either by the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA) or by any other authorized testing centre. Students taking this exam must have completed the language and literature exams of the first and second year. The final grade is the mean of the grade of this theoretic module and of the grade of the language certificate (B2).