School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

History of the German Language

Module code: LIN6041

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

Contact: Dr Katerina Somers
Overlap: GER6041
Prerequisite: None

This course provides an introduction to the field of historical linguistics, using the history of the German language as its central case study. As the course presupposes little to no background in linguistics, it begins with a basic overview of phonetics and moves to a discussion of the different elements of linguistic change (phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic/lexical change). We will also examine the historical methods by which linguists determine relatedness between various languages and reconstruct the development of individual languages and language families. We will then turn to the development of the different varieties of German out of Proto-Indo-European.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 75.0% Examination, 25.0% Coursework
Level: 6