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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (26 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 0340663294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340663295
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.5 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,328,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This fully revised and updated edition provides a systematic introduction to the German language, including its dialects, 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 text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OrdinaryBloke on 29 Nov. 2010
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This book was recommended as an additional text for an introductory course into German Linguistics at university. The principal set text was The Structure of German (Oxford Linguistics), which is thorough enough for a course of this nature, although a little impenetrable for someone new to linguistics.

This is where this book by Johnson and Braber can be particularly useful because similar topics are dealt with but are often more accessible and easier to understand. There is a good overview of the history of German and variation in German which finds a nice balance between providing the essentials to know whilst refraining from bogging the reader down in too much detail and this keeps it interesting.

The examples used in the subsequent chapters on phonology, morphology, syntax and pragmatics are good illustrations of the points being made and in places they are based on the aforementioned book by Fox (2005). So the books compliment each other well.

To sum up, I would recommend this book to a student beginning German linguistics. This book aims to cover the basics of the topic, leaving the reader with a useful reading list if they wish to analyse any of the main concepts in more in depth. I finished the course a while ago and I still have my copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freya on 23 Mar. 2013
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This is the exact book I needed for my course on German Linguistics. Quite a complicated topic but this book explains everything really clearly with plenty of examples. A really interesting study into the German language.
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Pretty Good...but.... 2 Oct. 2013
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I was pleased to discover that the book breaks down the topics in a very clear, step-by-step manner. In particular, it introduces the IPA very well and allows the student to learn the system without too much confusion. But I've become a bit annoyed by how verbose the writers are. Every chapter and section begins with a few paragraphs of 'well, duh' info--furthermore, 'thus', 'therefore', 'accordingly' and other filler words are wildly overused. I'd give the book 4/5 stars for uncomplicated explanations of the topics it covers. If only it got around to saying what it has to say faster!
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