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Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax


Admission requirements

Linguistics 2 or similar


This course considers the structure of modern English with the aid of a recent model of genrative syntax. We will examine a number of constructions in detail, and will also consider the changes that have taken place diachronically, by comparing the modern forms with their Early Modern English equivalents. We will include some discussion of other languages. The course may be relevant not only to those interested in syntax as such, but also for those taking Philology 6 (Shakespeare and Eraly Modern English).

Course objectives

Students learn some important concepts, aims and methods of theoretical linguistics. They are able to apply these to modern English. They also acquire some insight into earlier forms of the language.


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

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture (1 hr per week)

  • Seminar (1 hr per week)

Assessment method

Written paper (30%); final written examination (70%)



Reading list

to be made available


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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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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.