German: A Linguistic Introduction [NOOK Book]

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Standard German is spoken by approximately 95 million people worldwide. This book provides an introduction to the linguistic structure of standard German that is rich in descriptive detail and grounded in modern linguistic theory. It describes the main linguistic features: the sounds, structure and formation of words, structure of sentences, and meaning of words and sentences. It surveys the history of the language, the major dialects, German in Austria and Switzerland, as well as sociolinguistic issues such as ...
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German: A Linguistic Introduction

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Overview

Standard German is spoken by approximately 95 million people worldwide. This book provides an introduction to the linguistic structure of standard German that is rich in descriptive detail and grounded in modern linguistic theory. It describes the main linguistic features: the sounds, structure and formation of words, structure of sentences, and meaning of words and sentences. It surveys the history of the language, the major dialects, German in Austria and Switzerland, as well as sociolinguistic issues such as style, language and gender, youth language, and English influence on German. Prior knowledge of German is not required, as glosses and translations of the German examples are provided. Each chapter includes exercises designed to give the reader practical experience in analyzing the language. It is an essential learning tool for undergraduate and graduate students in German and linguistics.
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'I would definitely buy this book and also use it in class. Perfect for a course on the structure of German.' Susi Wurmbrand, University of Connecticut

'… there is much superb material here … Anyone who teaches German linguistics, or is just interested in the linguistic structure of German, should read this book.' Modern Language Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511738920
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sarah M. B. Fagan is Professor in the Department of German at the University of Iowa.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Phonetics and phonology; 2. Morphology; 3. Syntax; 4. Semantics; 5. History of the language; 6. Regional variation; 7. Sociolinguistic issues.
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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Don't spend the money

    Have to agree with the other review. This book does not work on the Nook. Even tried to sideload it and had no luck. I can read it on the Reader on my laptop but really I buy things that are labeled ebooks so I can move them to the Nook.
    Highly disappointed

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Apparent Error in E-Format File

    I would loved to have read this book but it froze my Nook up at least 4 times. When I reported it to B & N, the service rep downloaded it and it froze her Nook as well. I suggest not downloading this book until the publisher fixes the problem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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