Dutch linguistics: Syntactic, semantic and functional aspects of word order

lgerm2837  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Dutch linguistics: Syntactic, semantic and functional aspects of word order
5 credits
15.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2021-2022 !

Main themes
Functional analysis of word order in Dutch, with special focus on the left and right periphery of the utterance.
Overview of methods of analysis for the identification of the periphery in natural data
Confrontation of theories and methods developed in the scientific literature to account for the role and function of the periphery.

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

1 Students will be able to give an account of the principles that govern word order in Dutch, more specifically their functional and communicative aspects, in order to develop the students' profound grammatical knowledge.
Students will be able to analyse empirical data according to several theoretical frameworks.
Students will be able to confront and evaluate hypotheses, methods and theorietical frameworks applied to different aspects of word order in Dutch.
Form and function of the left and right periphery in the Dutch sentence/utterance.
Introduction : Overview of definition and treatment of the peripheries in traditional Dutch grammars. Portfolio of specific linguistic studies of form and function of LP and RP in different theoretical frameworks.

Teaching methods
Portfolio discussion in flipped classroom configuration
Evaluation methods
Research report of an empirical analysis of natural Dutch data occurring at the left and/or right periphery of units of segmentation. To develop the study, students will base their work on the scientific articles of the portfolio. 25% of the grade go to the oral presentation of the study, 75% to the written research report.
Firbas, J., 1992, Functional sentence perspective in written and spoken communication. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
Beeching, Kate, and Ulrich Detges (eds). 2014. Discourse Functions at the Left and Right Periphery: Crosslinguistic Investigations of Language Use and Language Change. Brill: Leiden.
Tijdschrift : Nederlandse Taalkunde Volume 15, Number 3, Januari 2010 : Themanummer over de linkerperiferie
Tijdschrift : Nederlandse Taalkunde Volume 16, Number 3, December 2011 : Themanummer over de rechterperiferie
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics

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

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General