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Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax

Course 2011-2012

Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 2 (Propedeuse) or similar course.


In this course we will study the structure of Present-Day 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.

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 Present-Day English.


The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website.

Mode of instruction

1 one-hour lecture per week and 1 one-hour seminar per week

Assessment method

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


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Radford, Andrew (2009), An introduction to English sentence structure, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Students should register through uSis. Exchange studentens cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Studentcounsellor Bachelor: Ms. S.H.J. Bollen, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103B.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.