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Ampersand: An International Journal of General and Applied Linguistics

Edited By R. Cann, H. Pichler, K. Van De Poel, D. van Olmen, and K. Watson

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Title: A German Language Course on Historical and Linguistic Principles
Written By: Hermann Bluhme
Dmitri Milinski
Series Title: LINCOM Coursebooks in Linguistics 17

This course in basic German is designed for native speakers of English and
others with a good grasp of the English language. It draws particular
attention to the vocabulary shared by both English and German. English and
German word pairs of similar meaning and form are presented in groups
according to the sound laws which determine their relationship, for
instance English t corresponds to German z (pronounce /ts/) in tame – zahm,
tongue – Zunge, tin – Zinn, twelve – zwölf and other words. Learners can
take advantage of this similarity, which occurs with vowels as well as
consonants, to help them learn vocabulary more quickly as well as to guess
the rough meaning of an unknown word.

In this course one chapter is devoted to the common European heritage of
Greek, Latin, French, Italian and Spanish vocabulary which is shared by
English and German. The words which have been selected for this course may
not always be of so-called “practical use” that are most frequently taught
in conventional language courses. However, the arrangement shows how two
closely related languages have many points of general agreement and fine
disagreement. The authors have incorporated the results of linguistic
research into the material, covering phonetics and many points of grammar.
One aim of language teaching is to provide insight into another culture,
another to afford a glimpse of another way to look at ideas and the world
and this course offers learners a new perspective from which to approach
this goal.

When necessary for pedagogical reasons, the authors have neglected purely
historical principles of linguistics, such as in the presentation of the
strong verb, word order, tenses and particles; instead, these points of
grammar have been enriched by modern discoveries in linguistics. The course
is not structured for gradual progress, from easy to difficult; therefore
you can cover the units in almost any order you prefer. It is recommended
to learn the smallest chapters as whole units including the numerous
examples in order to reinforce the pattern of sound shifts between both
languages, and it is left to the learner where he wants to start after the
chapter Basics. For the English translation of vocabulary frequent
reference to the word lists at the end is recommended, but the use of a
dictionary will prove to be helpful. To acquire an excellent command of the
language one has to read German literature carefully and memorise much from
familiar and formal use of the language in its spoken and written form;
there are longer pieces covering a variety of text types at the end of the
course as examples of suitable study material for the learner.

The text is divided into

Part 1:
Basic German Grammar
English Words and their German Relatives
Word Formation and Advanced Grammar with particular attention to gender,
strong verbs and particles
A list of high frequency words

Part 2:
Exercises, including German texts
Further Pronunciation Exercises
Further Notes on Gender
A List of All Words used in the Course, beyond those explained in Footnotes
A Short English-German Wordlist

Students' discounts available. Please ask!

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895864216
Pages: 400
Prices: Europe EURO 48.50