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Linguistics 4: Morphology: Analyzing Words


Admission requirements

Pass mark for Linguistics 1 and 2 (or similar courses).


This course focuses on the morphological structure of English words. Topics considered include the ‘word’ and the elements of which words are composed, the difference between inflection and derivation, the internal structure of compounds, and the historical origin of English word-formation processes.

Course objectives

  • Insight into the morphology of English

  • Insight into the relation between morphology and syntax, and between morphology and phonology

  • Knowledge of basic terminology (e.g. ‘word’, ‘morpheme’ and ‘affix’)


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

Mode of instruction

Lecture (1 hour) and seminar (1 hour)

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

  • 26 hours spent on attending lectures and seminars

  • 34 hours for studying the compulsory literature

  • 80 hours for preparing the exam and the in-term quizzes

Assessment method

Written exam (80%), two in-term quizzes (20%)

If the final grade is 5 or less students may take the resit once and the mark of the resit will constitute 100% of the final grade.

Attendance is compulsory. Unauthorized absence will mean that you cannot take part in the relevant exam(s).


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy (2002). An introduction to English morphology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Steven Pinker (2011). Words and rules. Harper Perennial (or any other edition).


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

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Contact details

English Language and Culture student administration, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.