6 ECTS credits
180 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1002104BNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (B) Bachelor - advanced level.

Semester
1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Impossible
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Yes
Enrollment Requirements
Studenten die dit opleidingsonderdeel opnemen, worden aangeraden om geslaagd te zijn op 'Nederlandse taalkunde: klank- en woordleer.' Studenten die zijn ingeschreven in een verkort programma kunnen dit opleidingsonderdeel zo opnemen.
Taught in
Dutch
Faculty
Faculty of Languages & Humanities
Department
Linguistics and Literary Studies
Educational team
Rik Vosters (course titular)
Lauranne Harnie
Yasmin Crombez
Activities and contact hours

26 contact hours Lecture
26 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
19 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

This course focuses on the structure and functions of words and sentences. The course offers students an introduction to the study of Dutch words, flexional morphology, sentences and syntax.

On the one hand, we discuss the morphosyntactic properties of words and the internal structure of phrases: the parts of speech and their functions within different types of constituents in Dutch. Special attention will be paid to the flexional properties of nouns, adjectives and verbs, and in passing, we will stress the interrelatedness of morphology, syntax and semantics.

On the other hand, we elaborately focus on Dutch syntax from a structuralist perspective, discussing the syntactic properties and functions of clause constituents in simple and complex sentences (a.o. zinsrelator, subject, objecten, gezegdes, complementen, satellieten, modificeerders). Building on this, we will also discuss several word order phenomena in Dutch: we will analyze the order of subjects, verbs and objects in various types of main and subordinate clause types, and offer a typological overview of Dutch syntax in terms of ‘poles’ and ‘fields’.

The theoretical concepts introduced in this part of the course will be put to practice in a series of exercise sessions, where students can practice their command of the most important concepts from the course in the form of practical word and sentence level analyses.

Finally, students are also expected to write a paper for this course. This will mainly report on a literature study on a (applied) linguistic topic of their choice, along with a small-scale empirical study. Possible topics for this paper can be drawn from the subjects dealt with in any of the Dutch linguistics courses, but need not be restricted to those subjects. A portion of the course hours will be devoted to preparation for this linguistic investigation.

Based on the number of students, both the exercise sessions and the paper sessions may be given separately for the students of 'Taal- en Letterkunde' and for the students of 'Toegepaste taalkunde'

Course material
Course text (Required) : Syllabus Nederlandse taalkunde: woord- en zinsleer, (Omvat hand-outs, slides en oefeningen), R. Vosters, VUB, 2220170006895, 2019
Handbook (Recommended) : Grammatica van de Nederlandse zin, W. Vandeweghe, 8de, Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant., 9789044130546, 2013
Handbook (Recommended) : Morfologie, De woordstructuur van het Nederlands, G. Booij & A. van Santen, 3de geheel herziene, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press., 9789462986077, 2017
Additional info

Handouts and slides from class, in the form of a syllabus, are the essential study material for this course, supplemented by elaborate course notes taken by each student during class.

The relevant chapters in the following course book are supplementary study material, which students can use in aid of their study:

W. Vandeweghe (2013), Grammatica van de Nederlandse zin. Achtste of meest recente uitgave. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant.

In addition, we will refer to chapter 4 of Booij, G. & A. van Santen (1998), Morfologie. De woordstructuur van het Nederlands (2nd or most recent edition). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

These course books can be bought at the Standaard Student Shop if students wish to use them.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

1. Students are able to recognize and define basic concepts from the study of (inflectional) morphology and syntax, and illustrate them based on examples from class or from the literature. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: kennis en inzicht]
2. Students can independently carry out a range of (morpho)syntactic analyses on known and new examples of simple and complex sentences, applying theoretical concepts to authentic language material. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: toepassen kennis en inzicht]
3. Students acquire the necessary skills to independently describe and analyze known and new examples from a (morpho)syntactic point of view. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: leervaardigheden]
4. Under supervision, students can plan and carry out a small-scale literature and empirical study about a linguistic topic of their choice. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: toepassen kennis en inzicht + oordeelsvorming]
5. Students can report about their insights in a scientific paper written in an appropriate register of Standard Dutch, with an accurate use of the acquired terminology. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: communicatie]

Grading

The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 60% of the final mark.
SELF Paper determines 40% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written exam with a relative weight of 60 which comprises 60% of the final mark.

    Note: The written exam comprises a theoretical part (learning outcome 1) and a practical part (learning outcomes 2 and 3), building on what was dealt with in the theoretical and more practical exercise sessions. Student who previously passed courses with the same material can be exempt from taking the written exam if they pass a written test at the beginning of the semester, testing the same learning outcomes as the final exam. In such a case, they can request (by email or in writing) to use their score on this written test as the mark for their exam.

Within the SELF Paper category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Paper with a relative weight of 40 which comprises 40% of the final mark.

    Note: The paper is a first attempt at carrying out scientific research on a linguistic subject (learning outcomes 4 and 5). The students present the state of their research at one or more specific points over the course of the semester.

Additional info regarding evaluation

Students can only pass the course as a whole, if they achieved a minimal score of 8/20 for each of the separate evaluation criteria. If a student scored less than 8/20 for one or more of the separate evaluation criteria, he or she cannot receive a final score higher than 9/20. 

Student who do not participate in all of the separate partial evaluations of the course, will be marked absent for the course as a whole.

Partial grades can be transferred to a later exam session within the same academic year, at the written request of the student (before the start of the exam period).

Late submissions of assignments, papers or other tasks will be accepted until 48 hours after the deadline. For submissions up to 24 hours after the deadline (to be submitted by email and on paper), the student's result will be lowered by 15%, and for submissions between 24 and 48 hours after the deadline (also to be submitted by email and on paper), the student's result will be lowered by 30%. Submission that are more than 48% late will not be evaluated anymore and will be marked as an 'absence'. All deadlines hold for both digital as well as paper copies. 

Office hours: by appointment (http://www.rikvosters.be/appointment

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Philosophy and Moral Sciences: default (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of History: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Art Studies and Archaeology: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: German-French (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: French-Italian (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: French-Spanish (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: Dutch-English (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: Dutch-French (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: Dutch-Italian (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: Dutch-Spanish (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: Dutch-German (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: English-German (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: English-French (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: English-Italian (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: English-Spanish (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Nederlands-Frans (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Nederlands-Engels (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Nederlands-Duits (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Nederlands-Spaans (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Frans-Engels (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Frans-Duits (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Frans-Spaans (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Engels-Duits (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Engels-Spaans (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Applied Language Studies: Duits-Spaans (only offered in Dutch)
Preparatory Programme Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies: one language (only offered in Dutch)