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Linguistics 5: Advanced English Generative Syntax


Admission requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 3: Syntax and Syntactic Argumentation (or a similar course).


This course is a continuation of Linguistics 3: Syntax and Syntactic Argumentation . 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 is available on the BA English 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%)

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).


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


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. Please note that students other than BA English language and culture studies will have to have permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

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