Modern German Grammar

A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition

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About the Book

Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide, Third Edition is an innovative reference guide to German, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume.

The Grammar is divided into two parts. Part A covers grammatical categories such as word order, nouns, verbs and adjectives. Part B is organised according to language functions and notions such as:

  • making introductions
  • asking for something to be done
  • delivering a speech
  • possibility
  • satisfaction.

The book addresses learners’ practical needs and presents grammar in both a traditional and a communicative setting. New to this edition, and building on feedback from the previous edition:

  • The rules of the latest (and so far final) spelling reform have been implemented throughout.
  • Examples of usage have been updated and consideration given to Swiss and Austrian variants.
  • The chapter on register has been expanded and now includes youth language and frequently used Anglicisms in German.
  • The Index now has even more key words; it has also been redesigned to differentiate between German words, grammar terms, and functions, thus making it more user-friendly.

The Grammar assumes no previous grammatical training and is intended for all those who have a basic knowledge of German, from intermediate learners in schools and adult education to undergraduates taking German as a major or minor part of their studies.

The Grammar is accompanied by a third edition of Modern German Grammar Workbook (ISBN 978-0-415-56725-1) which features exercises and activities directly linked to the Grammar.

Ruth Whittle is Lecturer, John Klapper is Professor of Foreign Language Pedagogy, Katharina Glöckel is the Austrian Lektorin and Bill Dodd is Professor of Modern German Studies – all at the University of Birmingham. Christine Eckhard-Black is Tutor and Advisor in German at the Oxford University Language Centre.

Table of Contents

Part A Structures. Part B Functions

About the Authors

Ruth Whittle is Lecturer, John Klapper is Professor of Foreign Language Pedagogy, Katharina Glöckel is the Austrian Lektorin and Bill Dodd is Professor of Modern German Studies – all at the University of Birmingham. Christine Eckhard-Black is Tutor and Advisor in German at the Oxford University Language Centre.

About the Series

Modern Grammars

This innovative series of practical reference guides combines traditional and function-based grammar. The Grammars are ideal reference grammars for intermediate and advanced learners at A-level and beyond.

They are divided into two parts: a section that covers traditional grammatical categories such as word order, nouns, verbs and adjectives, and a section that is organized around language functions such as:

  • giving and seeking information
  • putting actions into context
  • expressing likes, dislikes and preferences
  • comparing objects and actions.

All Modern Grammars are available as inspection copies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR009000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / German
JNF020000
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Foreign Language Study / General
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General