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Syntax 1


Admission requirements



Syntax is the study of sentential structure. Students are first introduced to the most important terms and concepts within the study of syntax. After getting acquainted with the diagnostic tests to distinguish word classes and grammatical categories, we turn to diagnostic tests for constituent structures and hierarchical structures. In the second part of the course, we introduce students to some basic elements of generative syntax.

Course objectives

Concise description of the course objectives formulated in terms of knowledge, insight and skills students will have acquired at the end of the course. The relationship between these objectives and achievement levels for the programme should be evident.

  • Students get acquainted with basic syntactic phenomena.

  • Students appreciate fundamental syntactic differences between various languages.

  • Students acquire the fundamental theoretical insights of syntactic structure.


Linguistics (BA)

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Tutorials

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours

  • Lectures: 13

  • Study of compulsory literature: 40

  • Assignment(s): 40

  • Tutorials: 13

  • Preparation exam: 30

  • Exam(s): 4

Assessment method


Assignments (weekly written assignments)
Midterm test: short open questions
Final exam: short open questions


Assignments: 30%
Midterm: 20%
Final exam: 50%


Students who did not pass the course can resit the exam.

inspection and feedback

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Schedule of the course

  • Assignments

  • Lecture handout/notes

Reading list

An introduction to syntactic analysis and theory, by Dominque Sportiche, Hilda Koopman and Edward Stabler (mainly the first 6 chapters). Published by Blackwell, 2014.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website


For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher:
Prof. dr. L.L. Cheng

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mail address Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies


This course is open to students from the BA Linguistics only.

First year’s students BA Linguistics will be enrolled in the seminars of this course by the Education Administration Office.