OJ321 Germanic languages

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2010
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
prof. RNDr. Václav Blažek, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Václav Blažek, CSc.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Wed 15:00–16:35 A31 stara
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 course offers the survey of Germanic languages in their diachronic and synchronic perspective. Students should be acquainted with the development of the Germanic languages and characteristics of their grammatical structure. A final result should be an ability to differentiate among various Germanic languages, to take bearings in their grammar and to acquaint with early history of Germanic communities.
  • 1. Witness of antique authors about the ancienit Germans (Caesar, Pliny, Tacitus, Ptolemy). 2. Germans in the time of Movement of nations. Witness of Jordanes, Procopius etc. 3. Position of the Germanic branch within Indo-European and its characteristic features. 4. Sketch of the Germanic comparative phonology and morphology. 5. Various models of the genetic classification of the Germanic languages. 6. The oldest use of the script by Germans: helmet from Negau and early runic script. 7. Survey of the early literary Germanic languages (1st mill. AD): Gothic & Crimean Gothic. Northwest Germanic or Old Runic. Language of the later runes & Old Nordic, plus Old Gutnic. Old English. Old Frisian. Old Saxon. Old High German. 8. Survey of the modern Germanic languages: High German & Yiddish. Low German. Dutch-Flemish-Afrikaans. West/East/North Frisian. English & Scottish. Danish. Swedish. Norwegish. Faeroese. Icelandic.
  • Berkov, V.P. 2003. Současné germánské jazyky. Praha: Karolinum.
  • SCHLETTE, Friedrich. Germáni mezi Thorsbergem a Rvennou : kulturní dějiny Germánů do konce stěhování národů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Orbis, 1977. 302 s.. [1. info
Teaching methods
Teacher introduces his students in the early history of the Germanic people, old stages of Germanic languages and their common protolanguage in reconstruction. Students present their own descriptions of modern Germanic languages or their pair comparisons.
Assessment methods
The final exam or colloquium depends on quality of the written description of the grammatical structure of a chosen languge or comparison of two languages.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on completion of the course: Ukončení zápočtem je možné pouze pro kredit typu C. Uděluje se na základě aktivní účasti při výuce.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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