The strong points of this department relate to the following topics: 1. Research on Multilingualism and Bilingualism: A strong team of internationally known people has been working for a number of years in this field. 2. Dutch in the 19th century: This original research is innovative and important at the same time. It offers new insights in the development of the written language. 3. Theatre research: Within the department the study of Modern Dutch Theatre has a strong tradition. 4. Dutch Literature: The study of Modern Dutch literature, prose as well as poetry, has been carried out for years. It continues the tradition started with Jean Weisgerber. 5. Dutch Grammar: The study of grammar is carried out from a socio-pragmatic point of view with a strong non-traditional theoretical approach diverging from the Chomskyan one. 6. German Literature: This study focuses on modern German literature and deals with topics such as gender studies (female authors), youth literature and the editing of correspondences of literary figures.