Fall 2019

Phonology II (GER / LING 504)

Prof. Katharina Schuhmann, Tu / Thu 4:35 PM – 5:50 PM

Phonology is concerned with understanding sound patterns in language. Through this course we will seek to understand what this means, and we will explore how phonologists have sought to advance this goal over the past several decades. In this course, we will examine the shift from rule-based to constraint-based theories of phonology with an emphasis on analyzing the shortcomings and paradoxes inherent in earlier approaches. At issue will be the search for a better understanding of how the phonological component continually interacts with phonetics and morphology in order to create optimal outputs. Students will analyze data in formal problem sets and we will examine particular problems through reading various journal articles treating the same topic from different experimental and theoretical approaches. We will then evaluate the various approaches systematically. The goal of this course is to prepare students to do close readings of advanced research.

The Teaching of College German (GER 511)

Prof. Julia Goetze, Tu / Thu 3:05 PM – 4:20 PM

Introduces students to the theory and methods of teaching German at the college level. It deals not only with techniques, materials, and bibliography of the field but also evaluates the contributions of linguistics and psychology to college-level language pedagogy. German 511 familiarizes students with current theories of foreign language education as they relate to post-secondary language acquisition. This course further includes the practical aspects of college-level teaching with special reference to problems related specifically to the teaching and learning of German. Evaluation procedures include examinations, research papers, and the preparation of sample teaching materials. German 511 is a required course for all German graduate students both at the M.A. and Ph.D. levl.

GER/LING 597: 

Filler-gap dependencies: Theoretical and experimental perspectives 

Prof. Michael Putnam, Tu / Thu 9:05 AM – 10:20 AM 

This course takes a deeper look at one of the most peculiar features of human language; namely, the fact that words that go together in meaning can occur arbitrarily far away from each other in an utterance (e.g., What1did Jack buy __1?). We explore the properties of utterances that consist of fillers (what) and gaps (__), with an eye towards developing a more nuanced understanding of the complex nature of filler-gap dependencies cross-linguistically from both a theoretical and experimental perspective. Here we will review theoretical proposals in connection with distributional and experimental results. A key component of this course focuses on the design of experiments targeting utterances containing filler-gap dependencies, highlighting domains of inquiry that to date remain under-researched.

Jewish Vienna (GER 540)

Prof. Bettina Brandt, W 6 PM – 9 PM

This graduate course focuses on Austrian-Jewish relations of the last 150 years and examines the interactions between the city of Vienna and its Jewish inhabitants. It looks at Jewish experiences in Vienna in four time periods: from Jewish Emancipation to WWI; from “Red Vienna,” to the “Anschluss;” from 1938-1945; and from 1945 to today. At the same time, students will receive an overview of the most important artistic and literary developments from the last decades of the Habsburg Empire up to the end of the twentieth century. Keywords:  #anti-Semitism; #Jewish experiences; #nationalism, #Herzl, #Klimt Jewish models #Ringstrasse #Schönberg # Mahler #Karl-Marx Hof # public kindergarten #Bettauer #Stefan Zweig #Karl Kraus #Canetti #Zsolnay # Anschluss # Eichmann #Murmelstein  #forced exile #deportations #victim theory# # Third Man #Hilde Spiel # #memory culture #topography of Vienna # #Kurt Waldheim # Woman in Gold

Bauhaus100: Modernism’s Crib (GER 597)

Prof. Daniel Purdy, Tu / Thu 4:35 PM – 5:50 PM

Bauhaus100 will examine the history and legacy of Modernism’s most important school of design, founded in 1919.  We will review the aesthetic and political agendas within avant-garde Modernism generally by concentrating Bauhaus’s central teachings about the relationships between architecture and design, the body in its social environment, and the radical potential of new media in redefining experience.  In addition to reviewing the architecture of Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Hannes Meyer, we will devote our attention to Bauhaus innovations in photography, dance, theater, painting, fashion, and publicity.  As we reconsider the established (masculine) dogma of High Modernism, we will turn attention to women’s innovations in Bauhaus design, particularly the metal-work and collages of Marianne Brandt, in order to formulate more complexly gendered critique of industrial design and media. We will also examine Bauhaus ideas as they circulated in the Americas in the second half of the century, in order to consider how the field of Visual Studies emerged during the Cold War through the reception of photography and theory generated by László Moholy-Nagy and György Kepes.  Finally, we will look to the 1960s design of Dieter Rams in order to reveal the links between Apple and Bauhaus. Taught in English and in conjunction with Bauhaus Transfers,an international symposium on September 19 - 21, 2019, sponsored by the Department of Architecture and the Max Kade German-American Research Institute at Penn State.