NJ_G200 Morphology of German

Faculty of Education
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Roland Anton Wagner, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Hana Peloušková, Ph.D.
Department of German Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Helena Rytířová
Supplier department: Department of German Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
NJ_G200/Kombi01: Fri 21. 2. 10:00–11:50 respirium (5. nadzemní podlaží), Fri 6. 3. 10:00–11:50 respirium (5. nadzemní podlaží), Fri 20. 3. 10:00–11:50 respirium (5. nadzemní podlaží), Fri 3. 4. 10:00–11:50 respirium (5. nadzemní podlaží), Fri 24. 4. 10:00–11:50 respirium (5. nadzemní podlaží), R. Wagner
NJ_G200/Prez01: Thu 16:00–16:50 učebna 60, R. Wagner
Sufficient language competence in order to follow the class lectures given in German and to read the required reading (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in the area of receptive competences).
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the lectures is to provide a short overview of the most important facts of German inflectional morphology. Students have the opportunity to revise their previous knowledge of German morphology and to put it on a more systematic basis. In addition, the lectures introduce the attendants to the common terminology of the field and to the basic approaches to morphology in linguistics. With respect to practical language use, the lectures deliver the knowledge required to produce the morphological forms of words belonging to the basic and extended basic vocabulary of German.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to
define and explain the basic concepts of morphological analysis (e.g., affix, paradigm, word form etc.);
they are able to identify the internal structure of inflected or derived words and to distinguish between both types (inflection vs. derivation);
they become aware of the different possibilities of arranging German nouns and verbs into inflectional classes and are able to compare and evaluate the different approaches;
they are able to name the grammatical categories relevant for different parts of speech.
  • - The content of morphology, the place of morphology among the linguistic disciplines;
  • - Grammatical categories and the internal structure of the word form;
  • - Basic concepts of morphology: root, stem, affix, grammatical markers; lexeme, paradigm, word form;
  • - Inflectional classes of the German noun; connection between inflectional class and noun gender/animacy;
  • - pronominal inflection;
  • - Are there inflectional classes with German adjectives?
  • - Inflection and derivation; determination of inflectional class and gender by suffixes;
  • - Finite and infinite verbal forms;
  • - The inflectional classes of the verb; classification of strong verbs according to the type of apophony;
  • - Verbal morphology depending on the syntactic properties of the verb;
  • - Morphology and morphosyntax of modal verbs; praeteritopraesentia and morphological adjustment of verbs expressing modal meanings;
  • - Modal semantics: deontic and epistemic meaning of modalverbs;
  • - Analytical forms in the verbal paradigm and auxiliaries;
    required literature
  • THIEROFF, Rolf and Petra M. VOGEL. Flexion / Rolf Thieroff, Petra M. Vogel. Heidelberg: Winter, 2009. 100 s. ISBN 9783825354893. info
  • MEIBAUER, Jörg. Einführung in die germanistische Linguistik. 2., aktualisierte Aufl. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2007. xi, 369. ISBN 9783476021410. info
    recommended literature
  • HELBIG, Gerhard and Joachim BUSCHA. Deutsche Grammatik :ein Handbuch für den Ausländerunterricht. Berlin: Langenscheidt, 2001. 654 s. ISBN 3-468-49493-9. info
  • EISENBERG, Peter. Grundriß der deutschen Grammatik. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 1999. 551 s. ISBN 3-476-01642-0. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Written test at the end of the term. A minimum of 60% of the overall amount of points is required to pass the test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 12 hodin v kombinované formě.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019.
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