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The syntax-prosody interface


Admission requirements

An introductory course in generative (English) syntax and a course in (English) phonology. If in doubt, consult the course tutor before registering.


This course will provide an introduction to the interface between prosody and syntax, discussing various the aspects of their correspondence. Based on the assumption that prosody reflects on syntactic structure (rather than the other way around), we will characterize the mapping from syntax to prosody, mismatches between syntactic and prosodic constituency and review the most important theories of the prosody-syntax mapping. The primary focus will be on the English language, but we will also discuss important aspects of the prosody of other languages (Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, possibly others). Knowledge of these other languages is not required.
The teaching material includes chapters from books, articles.

Course objectives

The students will develop an understanding of the issues of prosody and how it interacts with the syntactic module of the grammar. They will have the ability to read and critique certain aspects of the existing literature on the topic.


The timetable is available on the “MA Linguistics website”:

Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • time spent on attending seminars: 26 hours

  • time for studying the compulsory literature and preparing for the presentation: 132 hours

  • time to write a paper (including reading/research): 122 hours

Assessment method

Participation and in-class presentation: 25 %
Final essay: 75%

The final grade consists of weighted average of the above components

Resit: students who fail the course may resit the final essay.


This course will be supported by Blackboard

Reading list

A number of recent articles/chapters (to be announced and made available on Blackboard).


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the “coordinator of studies”:
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch


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