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Syntax 2


Admission requirements

Syntax 1


This course goes through the basics of the theory of generative syntax, from the Principles and Parameters theory to the current Minimalist Program. We examine the argumentations of various theories, and consider what constitutes as evidence for a particular theory.

Course objectives

Students learn the basics of generative syntax.
Students learn the basics of argumentation.


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load 140 hours

  • Lectures: 26

  • Study of compulsory literature: 30

  • Assignment(s): 72

  • Preparation exam: 10

Assessment method


Assignments (weekly written assignments)
Final exam: short open questions


Assignments: 40%
Final exam: 60%


Students who did not pass the course can resit the exam.

inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Schedule of the course

  • Assignments

Reading list

An introduction to syntactic analysis and theory, by Dominque Sportiche, Hilda Koopman and Edward Stabler. Published by Blackwell, 2014.

  • additional articles will be distributed


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website


Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies