2023-2024 / LGER0224-5

Dutch synchronic linguistics a : Ruimte, taal en cognitie


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS) (Digital media education)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (60 ECTS) (Even years, not organized in 2023-2024) 5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Julien Perrez

Language(s) of instruction

Dutch language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course of Dutch Synchronic Linguistics A will be devoted to the question of the realization of spatial relations in Dutch from the perspective of cognitive linguistics, on the one hand, and to the development of scientific writing skills, on the other.
In the theoretical part, we will analyze different types of spatial constructions (posture verbs, placement verbs, movement verbs, "caused-motion" constructions) from a contrastive and a mutlimodal approach, pinpointing the learning difficulties that these constructions may represent for French-speaking learners. For the analysis of these constructions, we will adopt an inductive method inspired by corpus linguistics. Students will be invited to use electronic corpora and to build Excel databases.
In the practical part of the course, we will study the formal characteristics of the scientific register in order to develop students' writing skills in this field. 
These different contents will allow students to take an in-depth linguistic look at certain aspects of the functioning of Dutch.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyze the linguistic realizations of spatial expressions in Dutch and French;
  • Understand the typological differences between Dutch and French as far as spatial expressions are concerned;
  • Use electronic corpora to collect authentic linguistic data;
  • Creat a database and a taxonomy to analyze linguistic data;
  • Make a critical reading of scientific articles;
  • Develop an original research project;
  • Write a scientific paper in Dutch;
  • Present the results of their study.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There is no formal prerequisite to follow this course. Having earned the ECTS credits for the course of Dutch linguistcs II (LGER0089-1) might be an asset.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course includes various teaching methods, among which:

  • formal lectures on theoretical concepts;
  • research seminars (discussion and presentation of scientific articles)
  • teamwork (paper)
The course will be as interactive as possible. The active participation of the students is required to guarantee the quality of the course interactions.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face mode of delivery, weekly sessions of 2 hours

Start: Monday 18/09/2023

Room: A1 Philo1 (2/35A) 

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes will be available after each session.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The final grade will be determined by two parts.

  • An original research paper (75%) on a subject related to one aspect of the course;
  • Oral exam (25%) consisting of two parts: (1) presentation of the paper, (2) theoretical part of the course (based on a portfolio of selected scientific papers).
The oral and written exams of the first session will take place during the june exam session; the oral and written exams of the second session will take place during the september exam session.

The final version of the research paper should be handed in at least three (working) days before the oral exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Dutch will be used for all course interactions. It is nonetheless possible that some scientific articles to be discussed are written in English.


Julien PERREZ, Professor
Department of modern languages: Linguistics, literature and translation
Place Cockerill 3
bureau: A2/5/17 (5è étage du bâtiment A2)
Tél.: +32 4 3665837

Association of one or more MOOCs

There is no MOOC associated with this course.