nl en

Syntax 1



First year’ students BA Linguistics will be enrolled in the tutorials of this course by the Education Administration Office. Other students should first contact the coordinator of studies, Else van Dijk. Self-enrollment is not possible for this course.


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 constituent structure, simplex and complex sentences (including relative clauses). We bring in data from different languages (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Malagasy, Welsh and Yoruba) to help us tackle different syntactic phenomena such as passives, causatives and applicatives, as well as various processes in language.


  • 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 Bachelor


  • Lecture

  • tutorials


Total course load 5 x 28 = 140 hours

  • Lectures: 14

  • Practical work:

  • Preparation tutorials: 22

  • Tutoring:

  • Study of compulsory literature: 28

  • Assignment(s): 28

  • Tutorials: 14

  • Preparation exam: 28

  • Exam(s): 6


Weekly homework
Written examinations with short open questions


20% homework
20% midterm
60% final exam


Students who do not pass the course, can take a resit examination for all parts at once.

nabespreken tentamen

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:

  • Homeworks, and lecture notes will be posted on Blackboard.

  • The schedule of the course will be posted on Blackboard.


Textbook: An introduction to syntactic analysis and theory, by Dominique Sportiche, Hilda Koopman and Edward Stabler, published by Blackwell 2014. (Mainly up to Chapter 6)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Aanmelden Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


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

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mailaddress Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: E.A. van Dijk, MSc