LJ103 Latin Grammar III

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 4 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Jana Mikulová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Tomáš Weissar (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Mikulová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Mon 8:00–9:40 A24, Thu 8:00–9:40 C31
Prerequisites (in Czech)
LJ102 Latin Grammar II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Latin Grammar III consists of two parts. The aim of the first of them is to learn remaining basic Latin morphology and important irregular verbs. The second part is aimed to systematic study of Latin syntax, with focus on Latin subordinate clauses. Students are encouraged not only to learn and apply basic rules, but also to be aware of pragmatic factors that influence the use of grammatical forms, and to interpret instances that seem to contradict basic rules.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- reproduce grammatical rules and paradigms studied within the course (vide syllabus of the course);
- paraphrase the basic rules of Latin normative syntactic phenomena studied within the course (vide the syllabus of the course);
- use basic Latin grammatical terminology associated with the grammar studied within the course;
- apply grammatical rules in translating sentences into Latin and into Czech;
- analyze Latin complex sentences;
- explain the use of grammatical phenomena in Latin sentences;
- describe essentials of theoretical framework used for research into Latin syntax in current Latin linguistics;
- know by heart selected Latin vocabulary (with emphasis on verbs);
- describe similarities and differences between selected syntactic structures as for their function.
  • Gerundive. Use in infinitive constructions.
  • Gerund. Gerund and gerundive construction, construction after verbs after verbs dare, tradere, mittere, etc.
  • Irregular verbs velle, nolle, malle; prohibitive sentences - overview of available means.
  • Irregular verb ferre and compounds, irregular verb ire and compounds.
  • Irregular verb fio, fieri. Semideponent verbs and preterito-present verbs memini, odi, verb coepi.
    required literature
  • MIKULOVÁ, Jana. Základní kurz latiny. 2. díl. (Basic Course of Latin. Volume 2.). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2013. 190 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-6499-7. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • NOVOTNÝ, František. Základní latinská mluvnice. 2. vyd., 1. vyd. v H & H. Praha: H & H, 1992. 297 s. ISBN 80-85467-91-7. info
  • PRAŽÁK, Josef M., Josef SEDLÁČEK and František NOVOTNÝ. Latinsko-český slovník., A-K [Pražák, 1955]. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1955. viii, 743. info
  • PRAŽÁK, Josef, František [PhDr.] NOVOTNÝ and Josef [Dr.] SEDLÁČEK. Latinsko-český slovník., L - Z [SNP, 1955]. Vyd. 17., v SPN 1. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1955. 684 s. info
    recommended literature
  • PANHUIS, Dirk. Gramatika latiny. Translated by Lucie Pultrová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2014. 281 s. ISBN 9788020023353. info
  • Oxford English dictionary (Variant.) : The shorter Oxford English dictionary on historical principles. Vol. 1, A-M : The shorter Oxford English dictionary on historical principles. Vol. 2, N-Z. info
  • GREPL, Miroslav. Příruční mluvnice češtiny. Edited by Petr Karlík - Marek Nekula - Zdenka Rusínová. Vyd 2., opr. Praha: NLN, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2008. 799 s. ISBN 9788071069805. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, practice, homework, translation of sentences from Latin and into Latin, syntactic analysis of complex sentences, discussion about means used to achieve speaker's communicative goals.
Assessment methods
Assessment of the course consists of grammar test written during semester and final exam. Class attendance is obligatory, students can be absent five times without providing an excuse.

Grammar tests and online tests Several written grammar tests and tests of verbal morphology take place during the semester. Attendance to the tests is obligatory. For successful completion of the course students have to:
- reach average success rate of 75% in all the grammar tests (grammar tests and verb tests are evaluated separately);
- reach success rate of 75% in the last test;
If students fail the tests, they have to pass an extra comprehensive test as an additional part of the final exam.

Exam Exam is a written test and an oral examination, which examines the theoretical as well as practical understanding of the Latin grammar covered. In the written test, students have to prove their knowledge of syntactic structures and the morphological forms including exceptions, self-studied from the book Základní latinská mluvnice by F. Novotný (see recommended bibliography). The test consists of translation of forms and sentences from and into Latin, and exercises focused on ability to analyze Latin complex sentences.
In the oral part, students have to show their skills by translating selected passages from an author listed as compulsory for study plan taken by an individual student, and by analyzing selected grammatical phenomena found in the text (students will have time to prepare the translation). Besides that, students have to explain any grammatical phenomenon studied so far and use the correct terminology.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
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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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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