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Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Morphology


Admission requirements

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


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.

Course objectives

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


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

Mode of instruction

One hour lecture and 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

  • Carstairs-McCarthy, A. (2002). An Introduction to English Morphology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh 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: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
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.