Scandinavian Language at the University of Belgrade

The Department of Scandinavian Studies in Belgrade is, and has been for several decades now, a center for the study and teaching of Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish and Danish) in the Balkans. Many of our lecturing staff are significant international scholars in the field of Scandinavian languages and have made many contributions to the Department of Scandinavian Studies through their many professional and academic publications.

Danish language

The Department of Scandinavian Studies in Belgrade offers language courses concentrated on the three mainland Scandinavian languages, namely Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. The course is offered to students in their first, second, third and forth year(s) studies of a degree course in Scandinavian Studies.

The course Modern Danish Language (MDL) is intended as a course for students of Scandinavian Language and Literature, Linguistics, or other language related fields. It is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to contemporary Danish, which includes morphology, syntax and semantics. Students who successfully complete this course will  apply knowledge of both formal and sociolinguistic aspects of Danish with adequate proficiency to communicate.

Within two semesters, students are expected to be proficient in the analysis of Danish at a sentence, clause and phrase level. They are also expected to through this analysis to achieve a solid understanding of the traditional terms and concepts of Danish syntax.

The first half of the MDL course will give an introduction to Danish sounds, grammar, and vocabulary. It begins with a study of the distinctive sounds of Danish (phonology). We then investigate the structure of Danish words and their classification (morphology) as well as the classification of Danish words and their grammatical modification. This is followed by an exploration of the meaning of Danish words (lexical semantics).

The second half of the course provides a detailed analysis of Danish sentence structure (syntax), devised by the Danish linguist Paul Diderichsen. Danish has a relatively fixed word order, which we very early in the course will explore and discuss from a contrastive perspective. Thus, this course will acquaint you with some of the important ideas of Diderichsen’s research in Danish syntax using relevant texts from other branches of the course to ensure that systematic grammar is learned in a contextually meaningful environment. Instead of merely learning grammar for its own sake, the principal patterns of the language are demonstrated through oral and written exercises.

The course also provides an overview of the most significant developments in the history of the Danish Language.

At the end of the course students will:

  • have improved their oral and written presentation skills in Danish
  • be able to fully analyse the structure of Danish sentences
  • have improved their general analytical skills
  • to have an overview of contemporary Denmark and its culture, in particular literature and civic institutions
  • Develop world class research and scholastic skills, including extra-curricular self-development (e.g. web based activities)

Please see the 2008-09 Scandinavian Studies (Danish) curriculum for: