Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
An Introduction to Variation in German
Academic Year
Semester 1
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 German: pre-requisite for GE30420
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 20 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay c.1,500 words (30%); linguistic commentary 20%  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submit of all missed or failed elements  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Recognize variation in German and be able to relate it to its extra-linguistic correlates and will be able to identify and characterise major regional/situative varieties of German. By writing an essay the students will learn how to carry out independent research. In addition they will learn to analyse what they have read, to structure it cohesively and coherently and to express themselves in a suitable register. The linguistic commentary develops analytical as well as linguistic skills.

Brief description

Students will be introduced to some of the major dimensions along which the German language varies and will be helped to develop a better understanding of the role of variation in German, and the relationship between variation and social factors. It will also enhance students' knowledge of linguistics as a science more generally. This module is normally a prerequisite for GE30420: Language and Society in the German-speaking Countries.


1. What is German? How do we distinguish languages from dialects?

2. Along what dimensions does German vary (written / spoken; age; social class; geography; formality / informality, etc.)

3. What is register? Register variation in German.

4. Regional variation in German: how is it related to register variation?

5. Language contact

6. Multilingualism in Germany

7. General tendencies in modern German


This module is at CQFW Level 5