This course consists of three segments. The first is an introduction to the bases of linguistic analysis, description and terminology. Second, an overview of the history of and the genetic relationships among the Germanic languages, both ancient and modern, is given. At this stage each student will “adopt” a Germanic language of his or her choice and compile an analysis of the basic phonology, morphology and syntax of their language with a brief text in a paper of 10-15 pages. Third, this analysis is to be photocopied, distributed and orally presented to the other members of the class.
There are no prerequisites in German language or in linguistics for this course. Grading will be based on the homework, a midterm, a final and the paper on the particular Germanic language which the student has selected. At the conclusion of the course the participant will have a comparative grammar of Germanic and a sample of each of the Germanic languages as presented by the other students in the course. In English.