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ERIC Number: EJ1119683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1756-1221
"weil--das ist eben doch richtig so" Teaching Variant Types of "Weil"- and "Obwohl"-Structures in German
Bendig, Ina; Betz, Emma; Huth, Thorsten
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v49 n2 p214-227 Fall 2016
Researchers have observed that in spoken German, the conjunctions "weil" and "obwohl" commonly occur with verb-second (V2) instead of verb-final (V[subscript f]) word order (Gaumann, 1983; Gänthner, 1993, 1996; Uhmann, 1998). Current findings document that this syntactic variant of "weil/obwohl-structures" has an alternative interactional meaning and function, namely expressing different causalities (Vandergriff, 2005). Based on the results of interactional linguistic research, we will outline why it is important for foreign language learners of German to be aware of the "weil/obwohl"+V2 structure. This background provides the basis for step-by-step teaching units on variant "weil/obwohl"-clauses in the beginning and intermediate German language classroom. The suggested teaching units employ the five phases for teaching and learning pragmatics suggested by Barraja-Rohan (1997). The aim is to raise learners' awareness and understanding for this syntactic phenomenon and its interactional use in spoken German.
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