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Exploring the German Language

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: August 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521692991

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  • If we want to understand how German speakers think about themselves and the world in which they live, then a useful place to begin is by looking at the language they use. This fully revised and updated edition provides a systematic approach to the study of the German language and an introduction to the social aspects of the language, including its dialects, its history and the uses of the language today. No previous knowledge of linguistics is assumed, and each chapter is accompanied by a series of practical exercises. This edition includes a brand new section on gender, purism and German unification, fresh examples for analysis and an updated chapter on the geography of Germany today. The book will help students not only to find new ways of exploring the German language, but also of thinking and talking about German-speaking cultures.

    • Allows students to monitor their progress by including review questions at the end of each chapter
    • Students are made aware of the many fields of interest within this area as the book covers a large variety of topics
    • Increases understanding at all levels as the textbook assumes no previous knowledge of linguistics
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521692991
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 172 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 7 maps 36 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The History and Geography of German:
    2. The German language past and present
    3. The German-speaking areas
    Part II. The Structures of German:
    4. The sounds of German
    5. Putting the sounds together
    6. The structure of German words
    7. The structure of German sentences
    8. The meaning of German words
    Part III. The German Language in Use:
    9. Meaning in context
    10. Variation in German.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • GRMN 729 Sociolinguistics
    • German
    • German Phonetics
    • The Structure of German
  • Authors

    Sally Johnson, University of Leeds
    Sally Johnson is Professor of Linguistics in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Leeds, and is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Her recent publications include Gender, Group Identity and Variation in the Berlin Urban Vernacular (1995), Spelling Trouble: Language, Ideology and the Reform of German Orthography (2005) and a special issue of German Life and Letters on the German spelling reform, co-edited with Oliver Stenschke (2005).

    Natalie Braber, Nottingham Trent University
    Natalie Braber is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University. She has published on a range of linguistic topics, including speech disorders, language and intercultural communication, and emotional language in post-unification Germany.

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