Landmarks in German Comedy

Author: Peter Hutchinson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039101856

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

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Public demand for comedy has always been high in the German-speaking countries, but the number of comic dramas that have survived is relatively small. Those which are still read or regularly performed all have a serious purpose, and this collection of fourteen essays on the most distinguished of them shows how laughter can be exploited to treat personal, moral, and social problems in a way that would not be possible in tragedy. The texts range from the seventeenth to the late twentieth century, and no fewer than half of them are by Austrian writers. The contributors show how these plays are often subversive, regularly arousing an uncomfortable, self-challenging laughter, and how they treat such widely ranging subjects as language and communication, the complications of the sex drive, the inflexibility of the Prussian mind, and the behaviour of Austrian celebrities during the Third Reich. The essays are all written by specialists in the field and were originally delivered as lectures in the University of Cambridge.
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Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3476031772

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Die Sammlung

Author: Klaus Mann

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Category: German literature

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Includes the section "Glossen."
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The Effectiveness of Different Learner Dictionaries

An Investigation into the Use of Dictionaries for Reading Comprehension by Intermediate Learners of German

Author: Ursula Wingate

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110960931

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 311

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Until now, learner lexicography has been based more on lexicographic principles than on empirical knowledge of user needs. This book outlines some investigations into the use of dictionaries by intermediate learners. Research was aimed at identifying problems encountered by learners during dictionary consultation, as well as factors that help or prevent the understanding of dictionary definitions. The results show that actual user needs and reference skills do not coincide with lexicographers’ assumptions, and have led to a number of specific lexicographic and pedagogical recommendations.
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The Acquisition of German Modal Particles

A Corpus-based Approach

Author: Martina Möllering

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039100439

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 290

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Following the rationale that corpora have an important part to play in fostering language awareness, this monograph investigates the use of spoken corpora in the teaching of German as a foreign language. Corpus-based research has had an increasing influence on language teaching pedagogy, with regard to linguistic content as well as to teaching methodology. While the majority of studies reporting on corpus-based teaching approaches refer to English, only a small number of studies have discussed such an approach for German. In this study, the exploitation of language corpora is proposed in order to arrive at authentic teaching materials which facilitate the comprehension of German modal particles, which pose numerous problems for learners of German as a foreign language. The approach is twofold: first, the frequency of those word forms which may function as modal particles is established. Secondly, concordance data of the more frequently occurring particles are analysed qualitatively. Teaching materials based on these analyses are developed referring to patterns of use which can be relayed to language learners in order to provide them with tools for the decoding of particle meaning.
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