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Linguistics 5: Morphology: Analyzing Words


Admission requirements

Pass marks for Linguistics 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.


Written exam (100%)


If the final grade is insufficient students may resit the exam.

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

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

  • syllabus


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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Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.