German linguistics LM (2018/2019)

Course code
4S004046
Credits
9
Coordinator
Alessandra Tomaselli
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
TEIL II 3 L-LIN/14-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN Sem. 2B Andrea Padovan
TEIL I 6 L-LIN/14-LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B Alessandra Tomaselli

Learning outcomes

Part I
Expected results:
At the end of the course the students will be able to:
- Analyze the phrasal structures of the German language using the proper tools of the generative grammar model.
- To appreciate the value of the theoretical explanation in order to: i) distinguish between grammatical norm and description of "linguistic competence"; ii) open a new perspective of comparative.

Part II
Expected results:
- Apply the linguistic analysis skills (acquired during the course) to dialectal variation, with particular reference to the Cimbrian variety spoken in Trentino.
- Evaluate the importance of theoretical analysis for the development of a grammatical norm.

Syllabus

PART I (Tomaselli)
Grammar and linguistic theory - syntax. The program will focus on the following phenomena: typological word order variations (SOV/SVO), V2 restriction, impersonal subjects, clitic syntax. Descriptive Grammar will represents the starting point to make a clear distinction between a traditional grammatical approach and a theoretical approach based on the concept of linguistic competence.
The seminar is taught in German and English, depending on students' language competence.
PART II (Padovan)
Grammar and linguistic theory – Standard versus dialect (in particular the Cimbrian variety of Lusern), with reference to pronominal syntax and verb movement.

Classes will be held in both German and English depending on the language competence of the students

TEIL 1 (Tomaselli)
Grammatik und linguistische Theorie – Schwerpunkt Syntax. Folgende Phänomene werden in Betracht genommen: OV/VO Typologie, V2 Restriktion, unpersönliche Subjekte, Klitiksyntax. Die deskriptive Grammatik wird als Schnittstelle zwischen der traditionellen Perspektive (normative Grammatik) und der theoretischen Analyse eine wichtige Rolle spielen.
TEIL 2 (Padovan)
Grammatik und linguistische Theorie – Schwerpunkt Pronominalsyntax. In diesem Teilmodul wird das Verhältnis zwischen Enklise und V2 (Verb-Zweit) behandelt. Mit dem Beschreibungsinventar moderner linguistischer Theorie wird erklärt, welche Prinzipien die Sprachentwicklung steuern.

Das Seminar findet in deutscher und englischer Sprache statt, in Abhängigkeit von der Sprachkompetenz der Studierenden.

Assessment methods and criteria

Short paper and ppt presentation (either in German or in English) on one of the arguments discussed during the seminar.

Kurze Hausarbeit und Power-Point-Praesentation ueber ein Argument, das waehrend der Vorlesungen diskutiert worden ist.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Haegeman Liliane Introduction to government and binding theory (Edizione 2) Blackwell 1994 0-631-19067-8
G. Grewendorf - F. Hamm - W. Sternefeld Sprachliches Wissen Suhrkamp 1996
Putnam, Michael T. Studies on German-Language Islands Benjamins 2011 978-90-272-0590-2
Woellstein-Leisten, A. et al Deutsche Satzstruktur. Grundlagen der syntaktischen Analyse Stauffenburg 2006 978-3-86057-272-6