Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

Introduction to Generative Syntax

when 18 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
duration 1 week
fee EUR 350

In this course, students will be taught the basics of the theoretical framework evolved from and based on Chomsky (1981). One of Chomsky’s main innovations was to give linguistics the formal tools to study language. The formal tools of generative linguistics enabled linguists to explore the complexity of sentence structure and sentence meaning. The theory accounts for the creativity of human language; the characteristic that makes human language unlike the communication system of any other animal. Topics covered will include phrase structure, complementation, case and theta-theory, and movement.

Course leader

Dr Maaike Schoorlemmer

Target group

primarily targeted at language or linguistics students curious about generative syntax, but with no background in it. BA level audience

Course aim

Introducing the field of generative syntax.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 350: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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