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German Dialects and Dialectology (6 points)


Leader: Anna Deumert

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit introduces German dialects and dialectology. The course will explore traditional methods (speech atlases, dialect maps) and structural dialectology, and provide students with a background in regional and historical dialectology. The students will also be introduced to contemporary dialectology: social dialects, dialect as a group identity marker (youth, age and gender), sociology of dialects with particular reference to dialect and central processes of societal change, dialect and standard language, and dialect and the education system.

Assessment: Essay (1800-2000 words, in German or English): 40% + Class paper: 10% + Examination (1 hour): 30% + 3 practical homework exercises: 20%

Contact Hours: 3 hours (1 x lecture and 2 x seminars) per week

Prerequisites: Advanced German Studies 1, part 2 or above; or equivalent

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