Dutch linguistics : current trends

lgerm2731  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Dutch linguistics : current trends
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h
An introductory knowledge of Dutch linguistics and a good proficiency in Dutch (advanced level, B2+ in terms of the Common European reference framework).
Main themes
In the first part of the course, a short survey will be presented of the specific terminology of Dutch Linguistics applied to concrete examples.
In the second part a critical survey will be presented of the different approaches in Dutch linguistics: traditional grammar, structuralist schools, generative approach, functionalism and cognitive linguistics.
The aim of this course is to deepen the insight in the lexical and grammatical structure of Dutch by applying different theories to practical examples and by reading scientific articles.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


By the end of the course the student should:

  • be familiar with the terminology and the main currents in modern Dutch linguistics.
  • be able to understand scientific articles in Dutch on different aspects of Dutch linguistics.
  • be able to apply semantic, grammatical and phonic analyses to concrete examples of modern Dutch.
  • have developed a critical attitude in the linguistic analysis of Dutch.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This course will provide an overview of the main theoretical currents in Dutch linguistics, with a special attention for Construction Grammar. During the course, that will be taught in Dutch, the different theories will be critically applied to various examples of modern Dutch.
Teaching methods
  • Formal lecture
  • Reading of scientific articles
  • Corpus study
Evaluation methods
Evaluation by means of an oral exam, which contains two parts :
  • Theoretical questions on the subject material (50%)
  • Presentation of a corpus study of a specific Dutch construction (50%)
Online resources
Course documents and reading portfolio available on the Moodle platform 
Articles scientifiques et diaporamas disponibles sur la plateforme Moodle du cours
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General