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Linguistics 3A: The syntax of English


Admission requirements

Linguistics 2B must have been successfully completed.


This course continues our examination of the phrase and sentence structure of English. We study the way in which noun phrases and sentences (more specifically, clauses) are built up, as well as their relationship to other phrases and clauses. We also pay some attention to syntactic variation (between different varieties of English).

Course objectives

In this course, students:

  • learn to analyse the internal structure of noun phrases

  • learn to identify different clause types and their function

  • learn about syntactic variation between different varieties of English


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Lecture (1 hour per week) and tutorial (1 hour per week)

Assessment method


Final (written) exam (2-hours)


The final exam makes up 100% of the final course mark.


To pass the course, a minimum of a 5.5 is required for the final exam. If the mark for the final exam is 5.49 or lower, the exam will have to be retaken during the resit period.

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.

Reading list

A course programme will be made available through Brightspace before the start of the course.
Börjars, Kersti and Kate Burridge (2019) Introducing English grammar. 3rd edition. London: Routledge.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.

General information about MyStudyMap is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: [Naam Onderwijsadministratie](link naar contactgegevens OA)


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