'De woordvorming geregeld. Een achttiende-eeuwse proeve’.
This paper deals with an eighteenth-century unpublished linguistic treatise which dates from 1762. It was presented by a young Leiden student, Hendrik van Wijn (1740-1831), who in the early 1760s had been urged to apply the linguistic methods developed by the Schola Hemsterhusiana for the study of classical Greek, to Dutch language material. In an attempt to surpass the analyses of Lambert ten Kate (1674-1731), a distinguished scholar of Dutch, van Wijn focussed on a number of Dutch verbal roots seeking to draw a formal and semantic parallel with a series of Greek verbs. In his essay van Wijn followed the strictly rule-governed model of word formation as propounded and applied by internationally renowned Dutch linguists such as Tiberius Hemsterhuis (1685-1766) and L.C. Valckenaer (1715-1785). These scholars did not expound their linguistic theory in any printed publications; at the time their views were only known through the circulation of students’ lecture notes. In 1773 a group of Dutch professors suggested to have the Hemsterhusian theory applied to a major Dutch dictionary which was being prepared then, but their proposal was not successful.