History of German language

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to: - enable students to acquire a basic knowledge of the historical evolution of the German language in its key stages; - introduce students to emblematic works of different genres of Medieval and Early Modern German literature.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: - the key stages of the historical evolution of German; - the phonetic, morphological, syntactic and semantical development of the German language; - to understand the structure of contemporary German; - deep understanding of Early New High German. Skills: - ability to read, translate and understand the original texts read in class and to comment on their linguistic aspects, as well as their literary and cultural value; - ability to understand contemporary German structures as the result of diachronic development; - ability to analyze linguistic phenomena in relation to their historic and cultural context; - ability to recognize the linguistic, and particularly semantic, characteristics of Medieval and Early Modern texts.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching methods
Distance learning will be carried out in synchronous mode, on Microsoft Teams, following the official teaching schedule. However, materials and content will be made available in asynchronous mode, ensuring that all students can access them at any time.
Programme and reference material
The programme and reference material will not be changed.
Learning verification and evaluation criteria
The examination will take place in oral form using the Microsoft Teams platform or, where regulations permit, in presence, always in oral form.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled Early New High German in the first literary elaborations of the figure of Prince Vlad (Dracula) and consists of the following two teaching units, which will be teached in sequence, and a third didactic unit (C) which will take place in parallel:
A: German from the beginning to the 16th century
B: Early New High German in the Meerwunder
C: The Minnesang and the Tagelieder.
Students who intend to acquire 6 CFUs will follow the programme of units A and B; all students who intend to acquire 9 CFUs will follow the complete programme (units A, B and C).

Unit A has a propaedeutic function and outlines the salient characteristics of the German language in its development from the ancient to the early new period. Unit B will read, translate and comment on two texts from the first half of the 15th century dedicated to the story of Vlad, Prince of Wallachia, presented as a fierce murderer: a prose version, handed down from a manuscript, and the poetic elaboration of Michael Beheim. The linguistic commentary will focus on the most representative terms of the evolution of the German language with attention to phonetic, morphological and semantic aspects. Unit C will focus on the poetry of the Minnesang and in particular on the Tagelieder.
The course programme is valid until February 2022.
The course programme is valid until September 2021.
Prerequisites for admission
The course, which is held mainly in German, the materials and the bibliography require solid language skills. Students of Degree Courses other than Languages who do not know German or are beginners will not always be able to count on translations into Italian; therefore, if interested in the course, they should contact the teacher in advance to assess any adaptations of the program.
Erasmus and other forms of mobility students are admitted, provided they have solid German language skills.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: frontal lessons; reading and commenting on passages from the works in the program.
Teaching Resources
The course has a website on the online platform for teaching Ariel (https://mbarsilfr1.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx), to which you can refer for notes of lessons and other materials provided by the teacher.
Units A + B:
W. Schmidt, Geschichte der deutschen Sprache, Hirzel 2007 (all chapters)
W. Besch/N.R. Wolf, Geschichte der deutschen Sprache, Schmidt 2009 (all chapters)

Unit C: Thomas Bein, Deutschsprachige Lyrik des Mittelalters. Berlin 2017, chapters A4 and B3.

e decided with the teacher.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an individual interview, which includes questions asked by the teacher, interactions between teacher and student. The duration of the interview varies according to the number of the teaching units attended by the student.
The colloquium aims to ascertain the knowledge of the history of the German language from the beginning to the present day and of the passages of the works dealt with in the lesson, with particular attention to the terms commented on. The final grade is expressed in thirtieths, and the student has the right to refuse it (in which case it will be recorded as "ritirato", "withdrawn").
International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to contact the teacher as soon as possible. Examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent office.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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