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Syntax 2


Admission requirements

Syntax 1 or equivalent


The course aims to familiarize students with the fundamental model of generative syntax, (re)-examining all the modules of grammar (from X-bar theory, binding to theory of movement). At the same time, we emphasize argumentation: what constitutes evidence for a certain hypothesis, and what constitutes an analysis. We discuss language-particular and cross-linguistic evidence to the modules of grammar, as well as theory-internal considerations.

Course objectives

  • Students acquire fundamental knowledge of generative syntax.

  • Students get acquainted with the essentials of argumentation.


The timetable is available on the website of the Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load of 5 x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lectures: 26

  • Practical work:

  • Preparation tutorials:

  • Tutoring:

  • Study of compulsory literature: 30

  • Assignment(s): 62

  • Tutorials:

  • Preparation exam: 22

  • Exam(s):

  • Other components:

Assessment method


Weekly homework
Written examination with short open questions


40% homework
60% final exam


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

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:

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

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

Reading list

Textbook: An introduction to syntactic analysis and theory, by Dominique Sportiche, Hilda Koopman and Edward Stabler, published by Blackwell 2014. (Mainly from Chapter 6 onwards)
And selected articles from journals.
The designated chapters for each lecture should be studied before the lecture.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats

E-mailaddress Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk

Teacher: Dr. G. Günes