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Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax

Course
2013-2014

Admission requirements

Linguistics 2 or equivalent must have been successfully completed.

Description

This course studies the syntax of present-day English. We will try to explain the properties of a number of syntactic constructions on the basis of several important descriptive methods and theoretical concepts of generative linguistics. We will make use of ‘real-life’ examples from a number of English media sources, including newspapers, books and television programmes.

Course objectives

  • Students have the ability to analyse syntactic structure and to formulate syntactic arguments, both written and orally.

  • Students know important descriptive methods and theoretical concepts of generative syntax.

  • Students know a number of theoretical proposals for the syntax of English.

Timetable

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

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture (1 hour p/w)

  • Seminar (1 hour p/w)

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

  • hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 14

  • time for studying the compulsory literature: 56

  • time to prepare for the exam and/or write a paper (including reading / research): 70

Assessment method

  • written exam (combination of closed questions and essay questions) (70%)

  • written assignment (30%)

Blackboard

This course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

Students are required to buy a copy of the following book:

  • Haegeman, Liliane (2006). Thinking Syntactically. Wiley Blackwell

Registration

Students should register through uSis. Exchange students cannot register through uSis, but must see the coordinator 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.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Students should register through uSis. Exchange students cannot register through uSis, but must see the coordinator 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.

Contact

English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.