GERM-492 Monastery to Chatroom
Spring for 2017-2018
This Level V course is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students. It offers a socioculturally oriented overview of the history and development of the German language between approximately 800 and the present. Through in-depth study of exemplary texts in the major periods that scholarship generally distinguishes (e.g., Old High German, Middle High German, Early New High German, New High German, and Contemporary German) students observe how the German language qua language contributed to the shaping of cultural contexts and specific communicative settings and, in turn, how its evolving morphology, syntax, vocabulary and texts were influenced by diverse public and private, external and internal interests, -- from the influences of religious communities to the influences of technology. Earlier texts will be accessed on an interactive CD to provide a flavor of the evolution of the sound and ‘look’ of the written language over time.

Primary texts from different periods of the development of German will exemplify these diverse links and developments; additional secondary texts provide general background information as well as focused treatments of specific phenomena throughout this 1200 year time span.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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