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Linguistics 2: The Syntax of English


Admission requirements



This course is an introduction to the syntax (sentence structure) of Modern English. We will discuss the classification of words into syntactic categories, and how words can be combined into phrases and phrases into sentences. We will introduce the notion of constituent movement and we will also discuss the function of words and phrases in the sentence as well as different verb complementation types.

Course objectives

– Students have acquired insight into the grammatical structure of Modern English.
– Students have some familiarity with methods of linguistic analysis.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Assessment method

  • written examination


Yes, see Blackboard

Reading list

  • N. Burton-Roberts (2011), Analysing sentences: An introduction to English syntax, 3rd edn. Harlow Pearson.

  • D. Crystal (1995), Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language, Cambridge: C.U.P. (2nd edition 2003).


Students should register through uSis. Exchange students 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

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Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Co-ordinator of Studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.