Topics in English Linguistics
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ETCENB214
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; English Language and Culture;
dr. O.N.C.J. Koeneman
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dr. O.N.C.J. Koeneman
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Contactperson for the course
dr. O.N.C.J. Koeneman
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dr. O.N.C.J. Koeneman
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Academic year2020
PER 3-PER 4  (25/01/2021 to 31/08/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After this course, the student will
• be able to understand the gist of state-of-the-art literature on a number of selected topics and be able to reproduce this using proper linguistic jargon;
• be able to express and evaluate (dis)similarities between various theoretical positions and you can reproduce this using proper linguistic jargon; 
• be able to identify open ends and predictions of the various proposals; 
• be familiar with and understand distinct methodologies used in current linguistic debates.
English, still the most popular lingua franca, is the best-studied language in the world. It is for this reason that it always features prominently in linguistic debates and new discoveries. In this course, you will get acquainted with a couple of these developments in which the study of English grammar plays a leading role. In addition, attention will be paid to real and actual linguistic debates. The course tries to pinpoint the nature of these issues and shows how progress can be made, by familiarizing you with distinct methodologies, such as linguistic argumentation, experimental approaches and/or the study of language acquisition. Although the focus is on English, the relevance that the study of other languages has for these discussions will not be ignored. The course is a good starting point for developing an idea for your bachelor thesis. 

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information


Assumed previous knowledge
B2 Syntax 2 or comparable advanced course in linguistics

Recommended materials
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Instructional modes

The course will take the form of weekly seminars in which students shortly present the gist of an article and subsequently lead the discussion. The teacher’s role is to coach, steer and support.

Exam (Oral)
Test weight50
Test typeOral exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade

Research Proposal
Test weight50
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade