German Manual: Language and Culture



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German Manual: Language and Culture

Prepared by

Celeste Chamberlain, BS

Laura Collier, BS

Bonnie Boudreau, BS

Nikki Bott, BA


Texas State University class of 2010
Academic Advisor

Rahul Chakraborty







Table of Contents


Demographics and Language 4

Demographic Information 5

Languages Spoken in Germany 6

Linguistic Community 6

Geographical Distribution 6

Demographics of Germany 8

Population in the US 9

Phonology 10

German Vowels 10

German Consonants 11

Syllable Stress 12

Syntax 12

Declaratives 12

Questions 13

Negation 13

Time, Manner, Place 13

Morphology 14

Nouns 14


Pronouns 14

Plural Forms 14

Verbs 14

Prepositions 14

Gender 14

26 Common English Pronunciation Errors made by German Speakers 15

Common Errors made in English by German Speakers 16

Tests & Assessment Materials 18

Pragmatics 18

History of Germany 19

World War II 19

Culture of Germany 20

Society and Culture 20

Food and Drinks 21

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists 22

Web Resources 23

German Cuisine 23

German Language 23

German History 23

German Traditions 23

Therapy Materials 24

Research Articles 24

Case History For Bilingual Speakers 27

References 29




Demographics and Language

German is the official language of Germany. It is the 10th most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 98 million people speaking German.

The above information is from: http://www.photius.com/rankings/languages2.html

Germany is located in Central Europe and shares borders with Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland.

The capital of Germany is Berlin. The German government’s political structure is a federal republic.

The above information is from: http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/germany-country-profile.html



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