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Advanced Morphology 1


Admission requirements

Introductory (BA-level) courses in generative linguistics.


Our focus in this course is on the internal structure of words. We start with the following question: “What exactly is a word?” We will try to find an answer to this question by examining a selection of unrelated languages. Furthermore, we will analyse a wide range of possible word-formation processes. Which aspects pose a challenge for linguistic analyses and how do current morphological theories contribute to a better underdstanding of what human language actually is?

Course objectives

Insight into a number of recent developments in theoretical linguistics.
Insight into the importance of data in morphological theorising.
Insight into the structural aspects of word-formation processes.


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction

Weekly two-hour seminar.

Course Load

Total course load: 130 hours
Time spent on attending seminars: 6 x 2 = 12 hours
Time spent on studying the compulsory literature: 68 hours
Time spent on preparing the presentation and final essay: 50 hours

Assessment method

Presentation, in-term assignments, classroom participation (20%)
Final essay (80%)

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average. In order to pass the course, a minimum of a 5.5 is required for the final essay.

If the mark for the essay is a 5.49 or lower, a resit essay must be submitted during the resit exam period, with a new topic. There is no resit for presentations and in-term assignments.

Inspection and feedback
Students are entitled to view their marked essay within a period of 30 days, following publication of the results.


Blackboard will be used for general information pertaining to the course, e.g. the course programme, the presentation schedule, in-term assignments, etc.

Reading list

Mark Aronoff & Kirsten Fudeman (2011). What is Morphology? (2nd edition). Blackwell.
Additional reading material (to be made available)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.

The coordinator of studies is Else van Dijk


All other information.