6 ECTS credits
156 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1023265ANR for all students in the 1st semester at a (A) Bachelor - preliminary level.

Semester
1st 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
Activities and contact hours
26 contact hours Lecture
13 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
52 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

In this course, we will study sounds, words and constituents as the basic building blocks of the Dutch language. Thus, we delve into the phonetics and phonology of the language, and discuss different ways of studying and classifying sounds and phonemes in Dutch as a spoken vernacular (with special attention to assimilation processes, connected speech, and regional variation). Next, we focus on morphology, while at the same time placing the word in its broader syntactic context, with links to semantics and pragmatics. Theoretical concepts are applied and practiced through exercise sessions and case-based teaching.

Course material
Course text (Required) : Syllabus: Nederlandse taalkunde: klank- en woordleer, Rik Vosters, VUB, 2220170006130, 2021
Handbook (Recommended) : Basisbegrippen fonetiek en fonologie, H. Smessaert & W. Decoster, 2de, Leuven/Den Haag: Acco., 9789463440516, 2017
Handbook (Recommended) : Morfologie, De woordstructuur van het Nederlands, G. Booij & A. van Santen, 3de geheel herziene druk, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press., 9789462986077, 2017
Additional info

Lectures are based on the relevant chapters in:

Smessaert, H. & Decoster, W. (2017). Basisbegrippen fonetiek en fonologie. Leuven/Den Haag: Acco.  [2012 edition can also be used]
Booij, G. & Santen, A. van (2017). Morfologie. De woordstructuur van het Nederlands. Derde, herziene uitgave. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [1998 can also be used]

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. Both books are also available in the VUB library (800 G SMES 2017; 803.9 H 1 BOOI 98).

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

Students are able to identify and define the basic concepts in phonetics and phonology, and they can explain how various sounds and phonemes in Dutch arise as part of the speech chain.

Students have insight into the morphological structure of words in Dutch, and they can explain and illustrate the discussed word formation processes.

Students acquire the necessary skills to independently describe and analyze known and new speech samples from a phonetic, phonological, a morphological and a morphosyntactic point of view.

Students can report about their knowledge of and expertise in basic phonetic, phonological, and morphological concepts in an appropriate scientific register of Standard Dutch, with a relatively accurate use of the acquired terminology.

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.
Other Exam determines 30% of the final mark.

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

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

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

  • SchriftelijkExamen with a relative weight of 30 which comprises 30% of the final mark.

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

  • Taak with a relative weight of 30 which comprises 30% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

If a student does not participate in or does not hand in the required assignment for one of the evaluation modules for the course, he or she will receive a partial grade of 0/20 for that evaluation module.

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 by email 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 zero. All deadlines hold for both digital as well as paper copies.
 

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Philosophy and Moral Sciences: default (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: Spanish-Italian (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: Italian-German (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and Literary Studies: German-Spanish (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)
Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Linguistics and LiteraryStudies: Dutch-English
Bachelor of Linguistics and LiteraryStudies: Dutch-German
Bachelor of Linguistics and LiteraryStudies: Dutch-French
Bachelor of Linguistics and LiteraryStudies: Dutch-Italian
Bachelor of Linguistics and LiteraryStudies: Dutch-Spanish
Preparatory Programme Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies: two languages (only offered in Dutch)
Preparatory Programme Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies: one language (only offered in Dutch)
Preparatory Programme Master of Arts in Translating: Trajectory after academic bachelor linguistics and literature with 2 languages identical with the 2 languages chosen in the master program (only offered in Dutch)