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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful supplement to Fox (2005) The Structure of German, 29 Nov 2010
This review is from: Exploring the German Language (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting and helpful book!, 23 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Exploring the German Language (Paperback)
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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