German III (2015/2016)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Birgit Alber
Birgit Alber
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 22, 2016 al May 31, 2016.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.7  
Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.5  

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- apply the basic descriptive categories of phonology to the phonological system of German;
- recognize the most important phonological processes of German;
- describe the most important differences between the phonological systems of German and Italian;
- carry out a phonetic transcription of Standard German words.

On completion of this course students' German language skills correspond to the C1 level of the CEFR.


"Introduction to the phonology of German"
This course introduces the basic concepts of articulatory phonetics and phonology which will then be used to investigate the phonological system of German. Topics of discussion include the German vowel and consonant system, the major phonological processes active in German (final devoicing, r-vocalization, aspiration etc.) and the German syllable structure. The phonological structures of German will systematically be compared with the equivalent structures of Italian. This course is taught in German.

Text books
- Alber, Birgit (2007): Einführung in die Phonologie des Deutschen. Verona: QuiEdit.
- Hall, Tracy Alan (2000): Phonologie. Eine Einführung. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter [Kap. 1-2 (S. 1-78), 4-4.2 und 4.8 (S. 101-119, 130-133), 8-8.4.2 (S. 205-227), 8.5- (S. 230-247), 9-9.1 und 9.4 (S. 271-275, 286-288)]. This text is recommended to students who cannot attend class regularly.
Both books are available at the bookshop „QuiEdit“ and in the university library.

The following books are for those students who have dificulties in reading the German texts:
- Nespor, Marina (1999): Fonologia. Bologna: Il Mulino.
- Graffi, Giorgio/Scalise, Sergio (2002): Le lingue e il linguaggio. Introduzione alla linguistica. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final exams throughout the year are written. Students which attend classes regularly are offered the possibility to take a partial written exam during the course followed, after certification of the language skills, by another partial written exam on specific parts of the program. The language of both exams is German.

Linguistic competence required: level C1, certified either by the CLA (Centro Linguistico di Ateneo) or by any other authorized testing center.
Students taking this exam must have completed the language and literature exams of the first and second year.