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Linguistics 6: Advanced English Generative Syntax


Admission requirements

Pass mark for Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax or equivalent.


This course is a continuation of Linguistics 5. We will examine some other constructions in detail, and will also consider the properties that languages can have (including other languages than English), In addition, we will consider in what way generative theory provides an explanation for (im)possible language structures. The course may be relevant not only to those interested in syntax as such, but also for those interested in first and second language acquisition, or psycholinguisticstaking. The course is a preparation for the MA Linguistics.

Course objectives

Students learn some advanced concepts of generative linguistics. They are able to apply these to modern English. They also acquire some insight how theoretical linguistics can be used to explain language phenomena.


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

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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.