ERIC Number: ED138072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The For English Speakers Tortuous and Difficult to Learn Prenominal Relative Modifier in German: A Means of Acquiring Grammar, Idiom, and Style?
The prenominal relative modifer construction (PREM) in German, while not a compulsory grammatical feature of the language, is a stylistic means of expression which native speakers use readily in non-casual speech and writing. Teaching the active use of this construction at the intermediate level of German study may be an effective means of helping students to develop the capacity to speak and write, not merely without grammatical error, but in a syntactical mode of expression characteristic of German. PREM has suffered considerably so far from multiple labeling and meagre analysis. The bane of those who would learn to read complex German prose, the construction is often treated by textbook writers as a necessary evil which must be analyzed step by step in order to be deciphered. Even intermediate grammars give the PREM a cursory treatment. This paper presents a sketch of a plausible way of presenting PREM to students so that they may begin to use it actively in their own writing, and to acquire it as a part of their developing native speaker's competence in German. (Author/CFM)
Descriptors: Adjectives, Contrastive Linguistics, Deep Structure, English, German, Grammar, Higher Education, Idioms, Language Instruction, Linguistic Competence, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Sentence Structure, Sentences, Structural Analysis, Syntax, Textbooks
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (26th, Simon Fraser University, April 17-19, 1975)