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Taalkunde Portugees (TK2)


Admission requirements



This course is an introduction to the modern scientific study of Portuguese structure (syntax), and establishes the basis for future application of linguistic principles. The content included is an overview of basic linguistic properties with a focus on Portuguese. The goal of this course is to provide students with a level of knowledge that enables them to make connections between the structure of Portuguese and relevant issues in contemporary linguistics. Thus, course readings and activities will include a theoretical part and a more applied part which will link the structure of Portuguese with discussions of research in sociolinguistics, the linguistic effect of language contact, language change, and classroom acquisition of Portuguese as well as natural language acquisition of Portuguese in order to apply the theoretical constructs studied.
This course trains students to analyze those points of the Portuguese language that non-native speakers find hard to use and native speakers find hard to explain.

Course objectives

  • Acquisition of skills and techniques for learning how particular languages work and behave, with a particular focus on morphosyntactic variation in Portuguse.

  • The student will also get some practice in using those skills/techniques to discover the organizing principles of the Portuguese language.

  • Awareness of the diversities and similarities of language systems.


Time and date on which the course is offered or a link to the website.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and Seminars
The structure of the course will be lecture-discussion, with a large component of problem-solving.

Course Load


Assessment method

50% – Theoretical part- in class written exam

50%- Applied Part-Group Research Project 5% Literature Review 5% Research Proposal 10 % Oral/poster presentation 25% Written project 5 % Individual memory



Reading list




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Students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to participate in class discussion. All readings assigned for the week must be done prior to class. Every student is expected to contribute to class discussion through oral questions and comments every class. In order to facilitate class discussion, students will write a response to the weekly readings.

A detailed class syllabus will be provided on the first day of class.