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Syntax: Current Issues


Admission requirements

A basic background in syntax is a prerequisite (preferably a course on government and binding).


In this course the Minimalist framework is discussed from its foundations to the technical implementations. Comparison is made with the government and binding framework. Topics include argument structure, case, phrase structure, movement theory, locality, feature checking and economy. All topics are discussed with pre-minimalist approaches in mind,in a comparative manner with the government and binding framework.

Course objectives

  1. Students learn the basics of the Minimalist framework of syntax, in comparison with the government and binding framework.

  2. Students learn the basics of argumentation within syntatic theory.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • time spent on attending lectures and seminars: 26 hours

  • time for studying the compulsory literature: 100 hours

  • time for homework and term paper: 154 hours

Assessment Method

  • Homework 50%

  • Final paper 50%

Resit: students who fail the course may resit the final paper.


This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Norbert Hornstein, Jairo Nunes, Kleanthes K. Grohmann (2005),Understanding Minimalism, Cambridge University Press.


Students should register through uSis . If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, Tel. 071 5272144;

When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the coordinator of studies

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MA Linguistics departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144;