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Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax


Admission requirements

Linguistics 2 must have been successfully completed.


This course studies the syntax of Present-day English within the theoretical framework of generative linguistics. We will closely examine a number of syntactic constructions and will try to explain the properties of these constructions on the basis of several important descriptive methods and theoretical concepts of generative linguistics.

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.


See timetable English

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%)

If the final grade is 5 or less students may only resit the insufficient course component(s).

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


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.

Reading list

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


Enrollement trough 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.