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Linguistics 5: The Morphology of English



This course focuses on the morphological structure of English words. Topics considered include the status of the notion of ‘word’, the elements of which words are composed (roots and affixes), the difference between inflection and derivation, the internal structure of compounds, and the historical origin of English word formation processes.

Teaching method

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.

Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 2 and 4 or similar courses.

Course objectives

Students will acquire knowledge of morphological processes and operations in general and the morphology of English specifically.

Required reading

  • Carstairs-McCarthy, A. (2002). An Introduction to English Morphology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Test method

One in-term written assignment (30%), written exam (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.


There will be no Blackboard site available.