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Linguistics 3: English Syntax and Syntactic Argumentation


Admission requirements

Linguistics 2 must have been successfully completed.


This course is a follow-up on Linguistics 2: The Syntax of English. We will look more closely at how syntax interacts with semantics (i.e. meaning), we will introduce a more refined representation of phrase structure (X-bar syntax), we will discuss further examples of constituent movement, and we will further acquaint ourselves with the essentials of syntactic argumentation.

Course objectives

  • Students have the ability to analyse and represent the syntactic structure of English.

  • Students have the ability to formulate syntactic arguments.

  • Students know some important descriptive tools and theoretical concepts of generative syntax.


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 is 140 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 26

  • Time for preparing the homework (reading + exercises): 34

  • Time to prepare for the written assignment, quiz and exam: 80

Assessment method


Mid-term written assignment, in-term quiz and end-of-term exam.


  • Mid-term written assignment: 15%

  • In-term quiz: 15%

  • End-of-term exam (70%)

If the quiz mark is lower than the exam mark, the quiz mark will not be taken into account and the exam mark will count towards 85% of the final mark (the assignment counts towards 15% of the final mark).
A minimum mark of 5.5 for the written assignment and the exam.


There is no resit for the in-term quiz. The end-of-term exam and mid-term written assignment can be retaken if one or both grades are below a 5.5

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.



Reading list

Geoffrey Poole. 2011. Syntactic Theory. 2nd edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


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.

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