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Title: Grimmatik
Subtitle: German Grammar through the Magic of the Brothers' Grimm Fairy Tales
Written By: Margrit V. Zinggeler
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 26
Description:

Bringing together German grammar and the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tales offers
a different and thematically unifying approach to learning and reviewing
German grammar and it introduces students to the original German texts of
the world-known and beloved fairy tales. The rationale for GRIMMATIK
(coined of the name of the brothers, Grimm, and the German word for grammar
– Grammatik) is to offer a learner-oriented, research-based concept of
German grammar to intermediate students of German. GRIMMATIK addresses a
multiple variety of grammatical elements in the analysis of every selected
fairy tale.

It is the student who finally constructs a German grammar, consecutively
isolating the elements of speech, phrases, and sentence structures.
Recognition of language patterns leads to paradigm segmentation and
classification and eventually to internalization of language rules and the
acquisition of grammatical competence. GRIMMATIK includes new technology
and it offers tools to students to find lexical and structural patterns
using the free Grimm Corpora on the Internet. GRIMMATIK is reasonably
simplifying complex linguistic theories in order to offer to students, who
already possess a certain degree of German language proficiency and grammar
competence, a method to generate their own findings of structural grammar
rules. Then something magical happens, the students are ultimately learning
German grammar while they are reading and analyzing the Brothers' Grimm
Fairy Tales!

Table of Contents

1 Historical Background and Modern Technology

2 Review of Grammatical Terms
2.1 Glossary
2.2 Learning the Parts of Speech with a Focus on the Brothers’ Grimm Fairy
Tales
2.2.1 Nouns
2.2.2 Definite Articles Found in Titles
2.2.3 Pronouns
2.2.4 Adjectives
2.2.5 Verbs
2.2.6 Adverbs
2.2.7 Prepositions
2.2.8 Conjunctions
2.2.9 Numerals
2.2.10 Interjections and Particles
2.2.11 Illustrated Summary
2.3 Sentences, Phrases and Clauses based on the Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales
2.3.1 The Subject
2.3.2 The Predicate
2.3.3 The Object Phrase
2.3.4 Verbal Modifiers
2.3.5 Attributes
2.3.6 Prepositional Phrases
2.3.7 Infinitive Phrases
2.3.8 Word Order and Phrase Sequence
2.3.9 Extended Clauses
2.4 Direct Speech and Indirect Speech in the Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales
2.4.1 Imperatives
2.4.2 Interrogatives
2.5 Idiomatic Expressions

3 Grammatical and Structural Analysis of Fairy Tales

For the complete table of contents, please see http://www.lincom.eu/

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895867200
Pages: 390
Prices: Europe EURO 72.00