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GERMAN 265: Middle High German

Middle High German (MHG), a form of German spoken in the High Middle Ages c. 1050¿1350, constitutes one of the most important medieval languages of Europe. Numerous fundamental classics of European literature were originally composed in MHG, among them the Nibelungenlied, Wolfram von Eschenbach¿s Parzival, and Meister Eckhart¿s German Sermons. Reading skills in this language will thus allow literary scholars and historians to both appreciate well-known texts in their original form and access a range of untranslated literary works and sources. Working with different textual examples, students will learn how to read and translate MHG texts. They will additionally gain an overview of the history of the German language. Focusing on reading comprehension, this course will take a hands-on approach to key methods and concepts of historical linguistics (etymology, dialectology, historical semantics, phonetic history, premodern Germanic morphology and syntax). Additionally, students will learn how to work with printed and digital tools for translating MHG texts (lexical databases, dictionaries, historical grammars). German skills of intermediate level or higher are required. Assignments include weekly translation exercises.
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