30954 - Dutch Language and Linguistics 1

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will have gained a basic knowledge of the language and the culture of the Low Countries.

Course contents

a) Introduction (in Italian) to the Dutch Studies. History of the Dutch language. Cultural history of the Low Countries. 

b) Linguistic activities with the following themes: Identity (name, occupation, family), Space (house and home, nation, origin), Time (counting, chronology, narrative /Tense and time), Things and processes (eating and drinking, buying and selling, booking and ordering, presenting; taste, preference and habits). Phonology and Morphology: vowels, consonants and diphthongs; syllables, compounds. Grammar: the main clause, the verbal group, time and aspect, modality, nouns and adjectives. Pronouns, prepositions and adverbs.


a) R. Willemyns, Dutch. Biography of a Language, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2013; W. Daniëls, Talking Dutch, Ons Erfdeel vzw, 2005.

b) D. Ross, E. Koenraads, Grammatica neerlandese di base, Hoepli, Milano 2007.

D. Ross, L. Berghout, M. Mertens, R. Dagnino, Mooi zo! Corso di lingua neerlandese, Hoepli, Milano 2017.

Teaching methods

Students will participate actively with oral presentations.

Assessment methods

a) Oral presentation. Oral exam.
b) Written and spoken language test.

Teaching tools

The acquisition of linguistic skills may be supplemented with self access e-learning provided by https//e-localcourses.eu

Office hours

See the website of Marco Prandoni