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Old German Scripts and Typescripts: A Cultural Unit for Your Students Sarah Glenn DeMaris Valparaiso University.

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1 Old German Scripts and Typescripts: A Cultural Unit for Your Students Sarah Glenn DeMaris Valparaiso University

2 Old German Handwritten Scripts Your Students Have Seen Letters from a great-grandparent Family documents or diaries Entries in a family Bible

3 Old German Typescripts Your Students Have Seen Old printed books with a “funny” font “Gothic” print in fantasy books or websites Ads for “renaissance fairs” On souvenir beer steins Wedding invitations

4 Why Today? To conduct research? To learn a “secret” language? To teach something different? To slip other learning into the lesson?

5 The Five C’s Communication Culture Connections Comparisons Communities

6 Historical Background: Carolingian Miniscule

7 From the “Gospels of Lothar” Tours – about 850

8 Historical Background: Blackletter

9 Dominican Manuscript Nürnberg, 1436 Blackletter Note: jointed angles (typical Blackletter) Also Note: use of abbreviations punctuation (lack of) punctuation (use of) two examples of “s”

10 Blackletter Printed ! “Teuerdank” 1517 Nürnberg

11 Blackletter Styles “Peculiar to Germany” Fraktur (left)Schwabacher (right)

12 Deutsche Schreibschrift 1917 Sütterlin-Schrift in Prussian schools by 1935 in all German schools 1941 abolished

13 Deutsche Schreibschrift in the USA Witter’s Deutsch-Englische Schreib- und Lese-Fibel und Neues Erstes Lesebuch Für Amerikanische Freischulen

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16 Now Let’s Practice! Reading: a medieval manuscript text a printed text in Fraktur a 19 th -century German-American manuscript text Writing: Your name!


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