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Elements of German

Phonology and Morphology

Written by Elmer H. Antonsen

Publication Year: 2007

Elements of German fills a gap in advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate levels of German language study by presenting more advanced concepts of the language in a light intended for practical use rather than theoretical discourse.  This text provides a means to improve knowledge and command of grammatically correct German as it is spoken and written. It also introduces methods and tools of linguistic analysis in the areas of phonology and morphology. Unlike books that treat phonology in a cursory way, this text delves into the problems of word formation and the intricacies of inflection and derivation. Exercises are included throughout to help better absorb the rules for real-world language use. This volume provides an in-depth look at the German language from the ground up. Its detailed approach makes this book an excellent complement to the work of less specific grammar textbooks and reviews.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

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Copyright

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CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

Introduction

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pp. 1-5

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Chapter 1. Phonetics

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pp. 7-65

In order to discuss speech sounds, it is necessary to become familiar with the various parts of the speech tract involved in their production and with the technical terms used to describe them. Figure 1 presents a schematized sagittal section ...

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Chapter 2. Phonemics

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pp. 67-89

So far, we have been dealing with the phonetic 'raw materials' of German. This is very necessary for a foreigner learning the language. However, a native speaker is usually not aware of finer phonetic differences, but rather pays attention only to ...

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Chapter 3. Morphology

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pp. 91-136

Although it lies outside the scope of this introduction to present a treatment of German syntax, the student may find a discussion of a few basic concepts concerning the analysis of the syntactic structure of German helpful in order to deal adequately ...

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pp. 137-138

Appendix I: Answers to exercises

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pp. 139-146

Appendix II: Clear texts of reading exercises

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pp. 147-152


E-ISBN-13: 9780817380809
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817354503

Publication Year: 2007