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Title: A German Language Course on Historical and Linguistic Principles (2nd ed.)
Written By: Hermann Bluhme
Dmitri Milinski
URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu
Series Title: LINCOM Coursebooks in Linguistics 17
Description:

The people of England and Germany share a common origin from the times
of their settlement in Europe and they derive their culture and civilisation from
the same sources in the antique and medieval world of Graeco-Roman
learning. This course in basic German is built on these foundations; it is
designed for speakers of English and others with a good grasp of the English
language and draws particular attention to the vocabulary shared by both
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 meaning
of an unknown word. Another chapter has been devoted to the common
European cultural heritage of Greek, Latin, French, Italian and Spanish
vocabulary which is shared by English, German, Dutch and many other
languages.

The words chosen may not always be of so-called “practical use” that are
most frequently taught in conventional language courses. Instead, we advise
the learner to read German literature carefully, to listen to speech produced
for real communication and to learn suitable phrases and texts, songs or
verses by heart as soon as he feels ready. 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 grammar, too, has been selected carefully for
this course. It should show how these closely related languages have many
points of general agreement and fine disagreement in phonetics, phonology,
semantics and syntax. The authors have incorporated the results of linguistic
research into the material, covering phonetics and many points of grammar in
order to achieve two aims of language teaching. These are to provide insight
into another culture and to afford a glimpse of another way to look at ideas,
the world and oneself; this course offers learners a new perspective from
which to approach these goals.

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. The reader is advised 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 up
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.

The second edition makes the structure more easily accessible for the
reader. A few notes on the relation between both Germanic peoples have
been added. Texts and examples have been revised. A short chapter on how
to “read” a text has been added.

Student discount available. Please ask!

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Phonetics
Phonology
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
French
German
Greek, Modern
Italian
Latin
Spanish
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862880423
Pages: 410
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