Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

GERM1212 - German : linguistics and practical exercises II B

Credits : 4

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory and 15 hours of exercises.

Timetable :
Second term
Friday from 13:30 to 15:30 at 109 Marais 610
Friday from 15:45 to 17:45 at 109 Marais 610

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
The objectives of the course of German linguistics are:
(1) to have students acquire a solid and thorough knowledge of German derivational morphology (processes of formation of new words) from a contrastive perspective (German vs. mother tongue);
(2) to propose a more in-depth view of German structures (especially in the field of the formation of words);
(3) to analyse and illustrate the internal and external aspects of language contact between German and a second or third language.
In terms of skills, this means that the student will have reached level B2-C1 at the end of the second year.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in Modern Languages and Letters: German, Dutch and English :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
1) Enhanced knowledge of the field of derivational morphology (both inflectional and derivational) during the second term with a more detailed study of German phrasal verbs. (2) In order to achieve a better understanding of the language structure levels in German, the course covers various facets of the formation of new words, thereby focusing on the innovative character of new words.
(3) An introduction to various aspects of linguistic contact stresses the characteristics of German and aims at a broader and more thorough understanding of the linguistic structures of German and other European languages.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory and 15 hours of exercises.

The exercises require an active participation of the students and a preparation of the topics at home.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Assessment is based on formative evaluation, i.e. on the active participation and discussion of issues during the course.

Summative assessment:
At the end of each term, there is a written and oral examination covering the subject material covered during the course.

Moreover, students have to read a scientific article dealing with one of the issues discussed in the framework of the course during the term and prepare a detailed summary of about two pages. This summary is worth 20 % of the final evaluation.

Weighting Course Linguistics II and Practical exercises: 60/40.

Recommended or required reading :
BARBOUR, Steven & Patrick STEVENSON (1998). Variation im Deutschen. Soziolinguistische Perspektiven. Berlin; New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
LOHDE, Michael (2006).Wortbildung des modernen Deutschen: Ein Lehr- und Übungsbuch. Tübingen: Narr.
MEIBAUER, Jörg, Ulrike DEMSKE und Jochen GEILFUß-WOLFGANG (2007). Einführung in die Germanistische Linguistik. Stuttgart: Metzler.
PITTNER, Karin und Judith BERMAN (2004). Deutsche Syntax: Ein Arbeitsbuch. Tübingen: Narr.
PÖRINGS, Ralf und Ulrich SCHMITZ (2003). Sprache und Sprachwissenschaft: Eine kognitiv orientierte Einführung. Tübingen: Narr.
RÖMER, Christine und Brigitte MATZKE (2005). Lexikologie des Deutschen: Eine Einführung. Tübingen: Narr.
SCHREIBER, Herbert, Karl-Ernst SOMMERFELDT und Günter STARKE (1990).Verbgruppen. Deutsche Wortfelder für den Sprachunterricht. München: Langenscheidt,
WILDGEN, Wolfgang (2008). Kognitive Grammatik: Klassische Paradigmen und neue Perspektiven. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
WÖLLSTEIN-LEISTEN, Angelika, Axel HEILMANN, Peter STEPAN und Sten VIKNER (1997). Deutsche Satzstruktur, Grundlagen der syntaktischen Analyse. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag.

Other information :
The exercises are collected and conceived in accordance with the German linguistics II course given by professor S. De Knop.