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Linguistics 5: Morphology: Analyzing Words


Admission requirements

Pass marks for Linguistics 1, 2 and 4 (or similar courses)


This course focuses on the morphological structure of English words. Topics considered include the status of the notion of ‘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 is available on the BA English website

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture (1 hour)

  • 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 preparing/writing the paper

Assessment method

  • written exam: 70%


This course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

  • Carstairs-McCarthy, Andrew (2002). An Introduction to English Morphology. Edinburgh University Press.

  • syllabus


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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