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Linguistics 6: Advanced English Generative Syntax


Admission requirements

Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax or equivalent must have been successfully completed.


This course is a continuation of Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax. We will discuss a number of theoretical proposals that play an important role in the syntactic literature. We will also discuss recent developments in generative syntax, especially in Chomsky’s Minimalist Program.

Course objectives

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

  • Students know a number of recent theoretical proposals for the syntax of English and are able to critically evaluate these proposals.


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%)


This course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

A list of (recent) articles will be announced and made available.

Students should also have in their possession a copy of the Linguistics 5 course book:

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


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

Registration via Studeren à la carte
Registration via Contractonderwijs


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.