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Linguistics 6: Advanced English Generative Syntax


Admission Requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 5 Syntax or a similar course.


Advanced English Generative Syntax connects the introductory course Introduction to English Generative Syntax (Linguistics 5 Syntax) 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.

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.


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

Mode of Instruction

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.


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


This course is supported by Blackboard. Students should sign up before the beginning of the semester.

Reading list

To be announced.


Students can register through uSis.

Register for ‘Contractonderwijs’ via:

Contact information

English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or mail: