Dutch Linguistics 3: diachronic perspectives

Course Code :1110FLWTLN
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Jan Nuyts
Reinhild Vandekerckhove

3. Course contents *

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).