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Admission requirements

Language of the World or equivalent.

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.

Catalognumber English course Morphology: 5511VE007


Morphology is the study of word structure, in which two aspects play a central role: word formation and inflection. Every language has means to augment its lexicon through word formation processes, such as the formation of compounds. Moreover, words often have more than one form (inflection), in which case the choice of a specific word form can depend on the syntactic environment, as, for example, in languages with case systems. Thus, morphology does not only focus on the structure of words themselves but also on the interaction with syntax. The morphological form of a word may affect its pronunciation (interaction with phonology) and partly determines its meaning (interaction with semantics). Morphology can therefore be defined as ‘grammar at word level’, and plays a prominent role in language description, historical linguistics, linguistic typology, lexicography, and psycholinguistics.

Course objectives

By the end of this course students will have acquired:

  • knowledge and insight into morphological phenomena

  • knowledge of morphological differences between languages

  • insight into the structure of the lexicon and the role of word structure in language production and perception

  • knowlege of the main theoretical insights into word structure


Linguistics Bachelor

Mode of instruction

Lecture (1 hour) in combination with seminar (1 hour), in various groups, with discussion of homework assignments and interaction between instructor and students.

Course Load

The coarse load is 140 hours:

  • 26 hours for lecture attendance

  • 4 hours for the midterm and final examinations

  • 50 hours for study of compulsory literature and class preparation assignments

  • 60 hours for preparation examinations

Assessment method

Assessment takes place by a written midterm and final examination with short open questions.


  • Midterm exam (30%)

  • Final exam (70%)

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the results of the exams.


In case of an insufficient final grade, students can take a resit of the final exam.

Exam review

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:

  • general announcements

  • access to PowerPoints lectures

  • assignments

  • if applicable, supplementary readings – within the boundaries of copyright

Reading list

Lieber, Rochelle (2016). Introducing Morphology (second edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

Students - not registered as students BA Linguistics – who would like to enroll in this course should first contact the coordinator of studies, Else van Dijk

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For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher: Mily Crevels

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mailaddress Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk