The course has two parts, which are partially crosslinked.
The first part (app. 8 weeks) is primarily ‘theoretical linguistic'. It offers an introduction into the major concepts and notions needed for the scientific description of the linguistic system, applied to Dutch. There are two subparts, each focusing on a different part of the linguistic system: the first part focuses on syntax and semantics (classical ‘grammar’; app. 4 weeks), the second part on phonology and phonetics and their mutual relations (app. 4 weeks). The part on phonetics, which also crucially deals with variation, is the bridge to the second part of the course.
The second part (app. 4 weeks) is mainly situated in variational linguistics, and focuses on social and regional variation in northern and southern Dutch. It deals with variation in pronunciation (phonetics), morphology and syntax.