3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1020939ANR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (A) Bachelor - preliminary level.

Semester
2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Impossible
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Yes
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
13 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
Course Content

This course offers students a first linguistic introduction to the Dutch language.

In a first part, this course will deal with the phonetics and phonology of Dutch. We will examine basic concepts from the study of phonetics (a.o. speech chain, speech production and reception, the link between speech and writing), the articulation of Dutch vowels and consonants, basic concepts from segmental phonology (a.o. phonemes, allophones, distinctive features), various phenomena from the study of connected speech (a.o. coarticulation, phonological rules, assimilation, reduction, deletion and insertion), and some selected aspects of regional variation in modern spoken Dutch.

In the second part of this course, we will explore (lexical) morphology. We will go over basic concepts concerning the way in which words are formed, dealing with both derivational and compositional morphology. Starting from the word as a unit of form and meaning, we will also touch upon the interfaces between morphology and (lexical) semantics.

Time permitting, a final, less extensive part of the course will deal with the origin and development of Dutch orthography. In particular, we will examine the systematicity of spelling based on underlying phonological and morphological principles.

Theoretical concepts will be applied to examples and practiced during separate exercise sessions.

Course material
Course text (Required) : Nederlandse taalkunde: klank- en woordleer., Klank- en Woordleer, R. Vosters, VUB, 2220170007267, 2020
Handbook (Recommended) : Basisbegrippen fonetiek en fonologie, W. Decoster & H. Smessaert, Leuven/Den Haag: Acco., 9789463440516, 2017
Handbook (Recommended) : Morfologie, De woordstructuur van het Nederlands, G. Booij & A. van Santen, 2de herziene uitgave, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press., 9789462986077, 2017
Additional info

Syllabus available through Standaard Student Shop (http://my.vub.ac.be/boeken-en-cursussen).

Lectures are based on the relevant chapters in:

W. Decoster & H. Smessaert (2012), Basisbegrippen fonetiek en fonologie. Leuven/Den Haag: Acco.

G. Booij & A. van Santen (1998), Morfologie. De woordstructuur van het Nederlands. Tweede herziene uitgave. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Students can purchase a copy of these books at the VUBtiek book center, if so desired. Slides with a summary of the relevant chapters from these works will be provided over the course of the semester and are available in the syllabus. This, along with any extra reading material, hand outs and exercises from classes (HOC+WPO) (in digital format) is considered mandatory study material. Additionally, students are required to take notes during the course. 

Learning Outcomes

General competencies

1. Students are able to recognize and distinguish the different linguistic levels of analysis (grapheme, speech sound, phoneme, morpheme, word, phrase, clause, sentence) and the corresponding linguistic disciplines. Moreover, they can situate the concepts and methods dealt with during this course in this larger framework. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: kennis en inzicht]
2. For the section on phonetics and phonology, students are able to identify and define the basic concepts dealt with in the course, and they can explain how various sounds and phonemes arise as part of the speech chain. For the section on morphology, students are able to elaborate on the difference between processes of composition and derivation, and they can explain and illustrate the word formation processes and structure of derivational and compositional units dealt with in the course. For the section on orthography, students can outline the basic development of the Dutch spelling system. Moreover, they are able to describe and illustrate the interface between orthography and phonology on the one hand, and between orthography and morphology on the other hand. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: kennis en inzicht]
3. Students are furthermore able to distinguish and scientifically describe speech sounds and phoneme of Dutch, and they can apply the phonological rules dealt with in the course on real-life examples. Moreover, students are capable of conducting morphological analyses of complex words, and they can think up additional examples to illustrate the morphological processes dealt with in the course. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: toepassen kennis en inzicht]
4. Students acquire the necessary skills to independently describe and analyze known and new examples from a phonetic, phonological and a morphological point of view. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: leervaardigheden]
5. Students can report about their knowledge of and expertise in basic phonetic, phonological, morphological and orthographical concepts in an appropriate scientific register of Standard Dutch, with a relatively accurate use of the acquired terminology. [Dublin-descriptor NVAO: communicatie]

Grading

The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 40% of the final mark.
Written Exam determines 30% of the final mark.
PRAC Practical Assignment determines 30% of the final mark.

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

  • Mondeling examen with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 40% of the final mark.

    Note: Het mondelinge examen omvat een korte ondervraging over de geziene leerstof, met nadruk op eerder theoretische kennis en inzicht (cf. leerdoelstellingen 1, 2, 5). Er wordt een korte voorbereidingstijd van 5 à 10 minuten per student voorzien.

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

  • Schriftelijk examen with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 30% of the final mark.

    Note: Het schriftelijk examen bestaat uit een reeks oefeningen die in het verlengde liggen van de oefeningen tijdens het semester. De nadruk ligt op het toepassen van de opgedane kennis en inzichten (cf. leerdoelstellingen 3, 4, 5).

Within the PRAC Practical Assignment category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Opdracht: fonetisch werk with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 30% of the final mark.

    Note: De opdracht behelst een fonetische transcriptie van spontaan gesproken taalgebruik in een niet-standaardtalige variëteit van het Nederlands, waarop vervolgens een beperkte linguïstische studie van één of meerdere relevante variabelen wordt uitgevoerd (cf. leerdoelstellingen 3, 4 en 5). Nadere instructies over deze opdracht worden in de loop van het semester bekendgemaakt.

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)