German dictionary

A German-to-English dictionary for algebra students

Here is a small technical dictionary of mathematical German. It lists some of the very common terms used in algebra, commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. It also contains many words used in everyday German, that the Algebra community use to express their ideas. This compilation is, by no means, complete, in any sense. And it will keep growing .......

I assume some knowledge of German grammar on the part of the reader. I made no attempts to discuss how to use the words found in the dictionary to make meaningful syntactically correct German sentences. For this purpose "myriads" of text books are available in the market. And it's a waste of effort to provide a tutorial to this effect.

Errors and ommisions are likely to occur. In case you notice any, please mail your comments to me.


Conventions

Each entry in the dictionary generally consists of three parts. The first is the word itself. The second is the grammatical information on the word and the third the English meaning. The second part tells about the part of speech of the word and the plural forms of nouns. This part is kept blank if such information is not applicable or if it is redundant or if relevant information is unavailable to me. Here is an example of a three-column entry :
Auskunft	f,¨e	information
This means that the gender of the noun Auskunft is feminine and its plural is Auskünfte. Finally, the meaning of the word is information.


Abbreviations

abbr
abbreviation
acc
accusative case
adj
adjective
adv
adverb
conj
conjunction
dat
dative case
etw
etwas
f
feminine
gen
genitive case
jdm
jemandem
jdn
jemanden
jds
jemandes
m
masculine
nt
neuter
pl
plural
pp
past participle
pref
prefix
prep
preposition
pron
pronoun
sb
somebody
sth
something
tps
third person singular
vb
verb
vi
intransitive verb
vr
reflexive verb
vt
transitive verb


Acknowledgement

I am grateful to Dr. Dilip P. Patil for providing me many books and clarifying my doubts. Mr. Indranath Sengupta also deserves special thanks for giving me the English translation [2] of [1]. I am indebted to Prof. R. Lakshminarayan who taught me German. I acknowledge the inspiration provided by my reasearch supervisor Prof. C.E. Veni Madhavan to prepare this dictionary. Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Abhi Datta Sharma for his book [7] and Mr. Anirban Bhattacharya for enjoyable chats in German (unseres Unterhalten in Deutsch) and all other friends who tolerate my frequent inclusion of German words (without meanings, of course) during conversation.


References

I used the following books to prepare the dictionary :
[1]
Ernst Kunz, Einführung in die kommutative Algebra und Algebraische Geometrie, Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Vieweg Studium Bd. 46, Braunschweig, 1980.
[2]
Ernst Kunz, Introduction to Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry, translated by Michael Ackerman, Birkhäuser, Boston, 1985.
[3]
Hans-Jörg Reiffen, Günter Scheja und Udo Vetter, Algebra, Hochschultaschenbücher, Band 110, Bibliographisches Institut AG, Mannheim 1984.
[4]
I.N. Herstein, Topics in Algebra, 2nd edition, Wiley Eastern Limited, 1975.
[5]
Collins Paperback German Dictionary, 2nd. edition, HarperCollin Publishers, 1995.
[6]
Eva C. Lange, German in 20 Lessons, 1st. Collins Cortina edition, Collins, 1962.
[7]
Karl-Heinz Buschmann and Rajkumar Mukerji, German for Indians, World Press Private Limited, Calcutta, 1957.
[8]
H. Kale and H. Meinel, Deutsches Lesebuch für Naturwissenschaftler, zweite Auflage, Foreign Language Section, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1962.


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