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Linguistics 6: Advanced English Generative Syntax



Advanced English Generative Syntax connects the introductory course Introduction to English Generative Syntax (Linguistics 5syn) and the more specialist MA and MPhil Linguistics courses. In this course we will continue to examine the structure of Modern English from the generative perspective, notably Minimalism.

Teaching method

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.

Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 5syn or similar course.

Course objectives

  • Students have in-depth knowledge of some important syntactic phenomena of Modern English.

  • Students are familiar with a number of generative analyses of these phenomena and have the ability to critically evaluate these analyses.

Required reading

To be announced.

Test method

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

Time table

The timetable will be available from June 1st on the Internet.


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 a Blackboard site available.