The course has two main parts:
The first part (app. 5 weeks ) deals with the 'external' history of the language: the wider social context in which Dutch as we know it today has emerged and evolved, with main focus on the more recent history.
The second part (app. 7 weeks) deals with the 'internal' history of the language: the evolution of the linguistic system as such. This part consists of three subparts:
– An introduction into the general principles of diachronic language change (2 to 3 weeks).
– An overview of the major evolutions in the language since Old Dutch in the domain of syntax and semantics (1 to 2 weeks).
– An overview of the major phonological changes which have occurred in the emergence and evolution of Dutch (3 weeks).