AJL02001 Introduction to Linguistics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. Mgr. Jan Chovanec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Miroslav Ježek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Naděžda Kudrnáčová, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jana Pelclová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Jan Chovanec, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 200 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/200, only registered: 0/200
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This is an introductory course in English lingustics. Its aim is to provide the students with the basic information about language and its functions, the levels of language, the scientific study of languages, the various disciplines of linguistics, as well as the characteristics of the English language - its past and present. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the role of language as an instrument of human communication and the as subject of scientific inquiry.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course students will be able to:
- identify various linguistic subdiciplines and to describe their major research focuses;
- desribe the major tenets of Prague School;
- explain the major characteristic features of the historical develoment of the English language;
- compare and discuss various approaches applied in linguistics throughout its historical development
  • 1. Linguistics and the scientific study of language 2. Language as a means of communication 3. Levels and functions of language 4. Word formation 5. Lexical semantics 6. morphology 7. Variation in language 8. Language in social context, pragmatics 9. History of linguistics 10. History of English linguistics in the Czech lands 11. The English language over the ages (a historical overview)
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  • Mair, Christian. English Linguistics (2008) Tubingen: Gunter Narr, ISBN-10: 382336393X, ISBN-13: 978-3823363934
  • HLADKÝ, Josef and Jan CHOVANEC. Úvod do studia anglického jazyka (Introduction to the Study of English). 2nd ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1999, 83 pp. ISBN 80-210-2120-9. info
  • Štekauer, Pavol. Rudiments of English Linguistics. Přešov: Slovakontakt, 2000
  • ČERNÝ, Jiří. Dějiny lingvistiky. 1. souborné vyd. V Olomouci: Votobia, 1996, 517 s. ISBN 80-85885-96-4. info
  • Úvod do studia jazyka. Edited by Jiří Černý. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Rubico, 1998, 243 s. ISBN 80-85839-24-5. info
  • VACHEK, Josef. Prolegomena k dějinám Pražské školy jazykovědné. Vydání první. Jinočany: H & H, 1999, 135 stran. ISBN 8086022129. info
  • CRYSTAL, David. English as a global language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, x, 150 s. ISBN 0-521-59247-X. info
  • YULE, George. The study of language [Yule, 1996]. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, xiii, 294. ISBN 0-521-56851-X. info
  • CRYSTAL, David. The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, vii, 489. ISBN 0521401798. info
  • PEPRNÍK, Jaroslav. Slovník amerikanismů. 3., upravené vydání. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1994, 505 stran. ISBN 8004237541. info
  • The encyclopedia of language and linguistics. Edited by J. M. Y. Simpson - R. E. Asher. 1st ed. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1994, x, s. 5087. ISBN 0-08-035943-4. info
  • VACHEK, Josef. Vzpomínky českého anglisty. Edited by Libuše Dušková. Vyd. 1. Jinočany: H & H, 1994, 158 s. ISBN 80-85787-72-5. info
  • CRYSTAL, David. A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1993, ix, 389 s. ISBN 0-631-17871-6. info
  • PEPRNÍK, Jaroslav. Anglická lexikologie. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 1992, 192 s. ISBN 8070670908. info
  • A short history of linguistics. Edited by R. H. Robins. 3rd ed. Burnt Mill: Longman Group, 1990, ix, 271. ISBN 0582291453. info
  • CRYSTAL, David. The English language. London: Penguin Books, 1988, 288 s. ISBN 0-14-013532-4. info
  • CRYSTAL, David. The Cambridge encyclopedia of language. 1st ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987, vii, 472. ISBN 0521264383. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion
Assessment methods
Written exam at the end of the course. Students must prove knowledge of the relevant literature and lectures. Students are expected to meet all requirements (attendance, etc.) in harmony with the study regulations. Students are also expected to read the relevant chapters during the course and in advance of the actual class sessions.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information on course enrolment limitations: 6 skupin studentů
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2024, recent)
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