2023-2024 / GERM0069-1

History of Dutch language


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Laurent Rasier

Language(s) of instruction

Dutch language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This class is meant as an introduction to the (internal and external) history of the Dutch language. It deals with the following issues:

  • Basic concepts: standard language, standard Dutch, different standardisation processes.
  • Historic standardisation of the Dutch language.
  • New process of standardisation in the Netherlands and Flanders at the end of the 20th century.
  • Variation and linguistic change

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

1) Understanding of the different processes of standardisation of the Dutch language 2) Ability to use specialised literature in a critical manner, with a view to deepening the student's knowledge in the field.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Understanding of written and spoken Dutch. If required, this course can be linked to other curriculum courses:
Followed by: Linguistique diachronique néerlandaise.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Critical reading and presentation of the relevant scientific litterature. Analysis of examples that are representative of various stages and/or evolutionary mecanisms.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Timetable and session: 30 hours - 2nd quarter.

Recommended or required readings

- G. Janssens & A. Marynissen, Het Nederlands vroeger en nu (2008).
- Reading map
- N. Streekstra & H. Bloemhoff, Basisboek historische taalwetenschap van het Nederlands, Uitgeverij Kleine Uil (2015).
- M. Van den Toorn, Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse taal, Amsterdam University Press (1997).
- R. Willemyns, Dutch: biography of a language, Oxford University Press (2013).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

Additional information:

Oral exam in the June and September session.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The class is taught in Dutch


Lecturer Laurent RASIER Département de langues modernes: linguistique, littérature, traduction Place Cockerill, 3-5 à B-4000 Liège Tél. : 04 366 54 03 E-mail : laurent.rasier@uliege.be   Secrétariat : Tél. : 04 366 54 38

Association of one or more MOOCs

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