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Linguistics 5: Introduction to English Generative Syntax


Admission Requirements

A pass mark for Linguistics 2 or a similar course.


In this course we will study the structure of Modern English within the framework of generative linguistics. We will examine a range of syntactic constructions in detail, with the (ultimate) aim of explaining their properties. In order to achieve this aim, the course introduces some key theoretical concepts and descriptive devices.

Course Objectives

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

  • Students are able to apply these in the analysis of syntactic constructions in Modern English.


The timetable will be available from June 1st on the Internet.

Mode of Instruction

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week.


One in-term written assignment (30%), final written examination (70%).


This course is supported by Blackboard. Students should sign up before the beginning of the semester.

Reading list

  • Andrew Radford (1997). Syntax: A Minimalist Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (most recent edition).


Students can register through uSis.

Register for ‘Contractonderwijs’ via:

Contact information

English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or mail: