German language 2 (2016/2017)

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Sibilla Cantarini
Sibilla Cantarini
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II SEMESTRE dal Feb 27, 2017 al Jun 10, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

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.


"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.

Bibliographic references

Alber, Birgit (2004). Einführung in die Morphologie des Deutschen. Trento: UNI Service. (Ristampa 2015. Verona: QuiEdit).

Römer, Christine; Matzke, Brigitte (2010). Der deutsche Wortschatz. Struktur, Regeln und Merkmale. Tübingen: Narr Verlag. (Si consiglia la lettura di questo libro in modo particolare agli studenti non frequentanti).

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.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final exams throughout the year are written and in German. 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.

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).

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