Course: Developmental Tendencies

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Course title Developmental Tendencies
Course code KNJ/TENN
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Weber Tilo, Dr. phil. habil. Ph.D.
Course content

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to watch German in historically changing relations from the very beginning, its developmental stages, unificating processes and the formation of standard German. Basic knowledge of the developmental stages of German on the semantic, morphological and syntactic level will be provided with the support of contemporary texts. Languages are constantly changing and evolving at all levels: from the phonetic system to the types of texts and communication frames. The aim is to introduce and analyze various types of linguistic change in relation to the German language environment. At the same time, language is examined in a broader context of the culture, or cultures. One of the topics is represented by the issue of periodization, as it is for example according to the phases of language development and their limits. The seminar also discusses the gradual creation of spoken and written standard forms, in the line of language development to the present time.


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Recommended literature
  • FLEISCHER, Jürg, SCHALLERT, Oliver. Historische Syntax des Deutschen. Eine Einführung. Tübingen, 2011. ISBN 978-3-823-36568-6.
  • KÖNIG, Werner, ELSPAß, Stephan, MÖLLER, Robert, PAUL, Hans-Joachim. dtv-Atlas deutsche Sprache. München, 2015. ISBN 978-3-423-03025-0.
  • SCHMIDT, Wilhelm. Geschichte der deutschen Sprache. Ein Lehrbuch für das germanistische Studium. Stuttgart, 2013.

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