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Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax



In this course we will study the structure of Modern English within the framework of generative linguistics. We will examine a range of syntactic constructions in detail, with the (ultimate) aim of explaining their properties. In order to achieve this aim, the course introduces some key theoretical concepts and descriptive devices.

Teaching method

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.

Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 2 or similar course.

Course objectives

  • Students know some important theoretical concepts and descriptive tools of generative linguistics.

  • Students are able to apply these in the analysis of syntactic constructions in Modern English.

Required reading

  • Andrew Radford (1997). Syntax: A Minimalist Introduction. Cambridge: CUP. (most recent edition).

Test method

One in-term written assignment (30%), final written examination (70%).

Time table

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English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or by mail:


Students can register through U-twist before 15 July. After 15 July students can only register through the Departmental Office.


A Blackboard site will be available.