Author: Joseph Voyles
Author: Charles M. Barrack
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862885251 Pages: 434
Price: Europe EURO 52.80
This book originated as the result of almost
fifty years of teaching the history of the
German language dating from the PIE
(Proto-Indo-European) of about 3000 BC until
the present era. The students were German
language learners, native speakers and
linguistics students unfamiliar with the
language. The book was written with a similar
audience in mind.
The book consists of eleven chapters segregated
into four major sections. These are Part I.
Preliminaries with Chapter 1, an outline of
synchronic and diachronic methodology; and
Chapter 2, an overview of the major
Indo-European language families, of the
individual Germanic languages and of the place
of PGmc. (Proto-Germanic), NWGmc. (Northwest
Germanic), OHG (Old High German), MHG (Middle
High German) and NHG (Modern High German)
within this constellation.
Part II. Historical Phonology contains Chapter
3 with the phonological changes from PIE into
PGmc., Chapter 4 with those from PGmc. into
OHG, Chapter 5 with those from OHG into MHG and
Chapter 6 with the phonological changes from
MHG into NHG.
Part III. Historical Morphology consists of
Chapter 7 with the changes in nouns,
adjectives, numerals and pronouns from PIE
through PGmc, OHG and MHG into NHG; and Chapter
8 with the corresponding changes in verbs.
Part IV. Historical Syntax and Semantics
describes in Chapter 9 the changes in
derivation and compounding over OHG-MHG-NHG.
Chapter 10 describes the salient syntactic
changes over the same route; and Chapter 11
describes a number of semantic changes from OHG
through MHG and into NHG.
Each chapter contains a final section of
exercises based on that chapter. In the key to
each chapter are contained the answers to these
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