HISTORY OF GERMAN (UNIT A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to expose students to the history of German by providing them with an overview of the history of the language with its phonetic shifts and the morphological modifications which occurred from the first documented evidence through to the final settling of the language into its modern form after 1650.
Knowledge (including passive knowledge only) of German, and familiarity with notions of linguistics.
Course contents summary
Historical overview of German from its origins through to the modern age, with notions concerning the Low German dialects.
S.Bosco-Coletsos, Storia della lingua tedesca, Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino, 2004 (new edition).
The course is taught through traditional methods by illustrating the subject with examples and maps. The exams are oral and consist of a theoretical part (history and grammar) and a practical part consisting of the analysis of a number of grammatical forms.