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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 and written paper.


  • Written exam with closed and open questions 70%

  • Written paper 30%


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

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than three tutorials means that students will be excluded from taking the exam (or essay or other assignments) and resits. Consequently, the course cannot be completed during that particular academic year. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

A list of (recent) articles will be announced and made available.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Students other than BA English language and culture studies need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.