NJDS_001 German Language in the Middle Ages

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 15 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Sylvie Stanovská, Dr. (lecturer)
Mgr. Vlastimil Brom, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Sylvie Stanovská, Dr.
Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Vlastimil Brom, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies – Faculty of Arts
The course is intended for doctoral students of the specialisation Historical languages of the Czech Lands in the programmes of Czech philology and Latin mediaevistics.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
In the course, the most topical aspects of the historical development of German language and its predessors from the Proto-Indo-European to Early New High German are thematised.
Learning outcomes
Upon completing the course, the students will be able to: distinguish the epochs of German including its predessors; characterise the typical language features of each period as well as the changes therof; understand the changing functions of German in the society during the Middle Ages as well as their reflection in the written sources; outline the development of German and its status in the Bohemian Lands in the past;
  • An overview of the earlier development of German in the context of Indo-European and Germanic languages
  • Basic features and changes in spelling, morphology, lexicon, and syntax; older German language epochs: Old High German, Middle High German, Early New High German;
  • German on the territory of Bohemian lands - characteristic features, important types of sources
  • Functions and areas of use in the context of other languages in the Bohemian lands
  • Newerkla, Stefan Michael: Sprachkontakte Deutsch – Tschechisch – Slowakisch (...). 2. Aufl. Frankfurt am Main (u.a.): Peter Lang 2011, online: https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/27331 (13. 9. 2022).
  • STANOVSKÁ, Sylvie. Historische Entwicklung des Deutschen mit ausgewählten literarischen Texten (Historic Development of German Language with Selected Literary Texts). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita. 196 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-6898-8. 2014. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • SCHMIDT, Wilhelm. Geschichte der deutschen Sprache : ein Lehrbuch für das germanistische Studium. Edited by Helmut Langner - Elisabeth Berner - Norbert Richard Wolf. 11., veb. und erw. Aufl. Stuttgart: S. Hirzel. xxi, 490. ISBN 9783777622729. 2013. info
  • NEWERKLA, Stefan. Sprachkontakte Deutsch - Tschechisch - Slowakisch : Wörterbuch der deutschen Lehnwörter im Tschechischen und Slowakischen : historische Entwicklung, Beleglage, bisherige und neue Deutungen. 2., durchgehend überarbeite. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 780 s. ISBN 9783631610268. 2011. info
  • BLAŽEK, Václav. Staré germánské jazyky : historický a gramatický přehled. Edited by Michal Schwarz. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita. 163 s. ISBN 9788021058378. doi:10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-5837-2011. 2011. URL info
  • MASAŘÍK, Zdeněk and Vlastimil BROM. Historische Entwicklung des Deutschen: Übersichtstabellen - Kommentare - Textproben (Historical Development of German - Tables - Comments - Texts). Brno: Masarykova univerzita v Brně. 129 pp. 1. Vyd. ISBN 80-210-3696-6. 2005. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, homework, reading, presentations
Assessment methods
written essay (5-8 pages).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: blok.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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