Germanic Programme

The Germanic Programme will consist of the following courses:

Old Swedish (9.30-11.00)

Guus Kroonen (Copenhagen)

Old Swedish is the name of a variety of closely related Nordic dialects spoken in Sweden between in the late Middle Ages. Like Old Danish, Old Swedish is an East Nordic language, and it developed from Old Norse in the 12th and 13th century. During the course, we will study its phonology and morphology from both the synchronic and the diachronic perspective. The textual part of the course is largely focused around the Westrogothic law, a linguistically and historically highly valuable law code used in Västergötland in the 13th century.

Old Frisian (14.00-15.30)

Rolf Bremmer (Leiden)

Course outline
The course offers an introduction to the Old Frisian language and culture. We focus on reading and appreciating Old Frisian literature, especially the law texts which can be very vivid. Old Frisian grammar and structure will be discussed, including such problems as dialectology, periodizationand the Anglo-Frisiancomplex. We also pay attention to how Old Frisian literature functioned within the feuding society that Frisia was until the close of the Middle Ages.

The daily homework consists of small portions of text to be translated, grammatical and other assignments on the text and reading a number of background articles. 

Rolf H. Bremmer Jr, An Introduction to Old Frisian. History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2009; revised reprint 2011). (This book can be ordered with a rebate through the teacher)


Old High German (16.00-17.30)

Erika Langbroek (Amsterdam)

Course outline
The course offers an introduction to Old High German but will also pay attention to Middle Low German. Grammar and structure will be discussed with the help of original texts. The course focuses on acquiring an ability to read Old High German and Middle Low German texts.

There will be short daily homework assignments in preparing the texts.

- W. Braune / E. Ebbinghaus, Abriß der althochdeutschen Grammatik, 15th edn. Berlin: DeGruyter, 1989
- W. Braune / E. Ebbinghaus, Althochdeutsches Lesebuch, 17th edn. Berlin: DeGruyter, 1994.
Additonal handouts will be distributed during the course.