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GM2014 German Linguistics

SCOTCAT credits:10
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:9.00 am Tue

The module builds on students' familiarity with pedagogical grammar to introduce them to theoretical linguistics as applied to modern German. Students will encounter the 'levels' of language, e.g. phonetics and phonology, including the International Phonetic Alphabet; syntax, both as word order and how words combine with each other; lexis, the structure of German vocabulary; semantics, the study of meaning and its relation to form; pragmatics, the study of language use.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving German. 40 credits in 2000-level German is compulsory for all German degrees, and 60 credits are strongly recommended for most degrees. See programme requirements for specific combinations which are allowed.

UG Pre-requisite(s):GM1002 or GM1004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 tutorial (x 10 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 78

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:1-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr C Beedham
Module teaching staff:Dr C Beedham