PJN101 Elements of Linguistics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Roman Madecki, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Roman Madecki, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Roman Madecki, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Fri 10:00–11:40 D51
Prerequisites (in Czech)
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Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
This course is an introduction to the study of language and communication. It covers basic information about history of linguistics (from the twenties of the 20th century to the present), main, linguistic theories, methods, disciplines, linguistic terminology and the features of Indo-European and Slavonic languages.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able:
- to understand and explain basic notions from the branch of general linguistics;
- to identify and characterize basic linguistic theories (especially in the so-called scientific period);
- to characterize the planes of the language system, their basic units and the relationships between them;
- to characterize languages ​​according to genealogical, typological, sociological and geographical classification (with emphasis on Indo-European languages);
- to use basic linguistic terminology.
  • 1. Linguistics as the science
  • 2. The emergence of modern linguistics
  • 3. De Saussure: langue and parole
  • 4. Chomsky: competence nad performance
  • 5. Linguistic sign theories
  • 6. Theories of language meaning
  • 7. Theories of verbal communication
  • 8. Formal description of language
  • 9. Linguistic typology and classification of languages
  • 10. Linguistic terminology
    required literature
  • PALEK, Bohumil. Základy obecné jazykovědy. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1989. 285 s. ISBN 8004229379. info
  • ERHART, Adolf. Základy jazykovědy. 2. upr. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1990. 198 s. ISBN 8004246125. info
  • ČERNÝ, Jiří. Dějiny lingvistiky. 1. souborné vyd. V Olomouci: Votobia, 1996. 517 s. ISBN 80-85885-96-4. info
  • LOTKO, Edvard. Slovník lingvistických termínů pro filology. 2., přeprac. a dopl. vyd. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2000. 128 s. ISBN 8024401231. info
    recommended literature
  • Encyklopedia językoznawstwa ogólnego, Polański, K. (red.), Wrocław - Warszawa - Kraków: Ossolineum, 1993
  • Bednarczuk, Leszek. Języki indoeuropejskie, tom I, Warszawa: PWN, 1986.
  • Bednarczuk, Leszek. Języki indoeuropejskie, tom II, Warszawa: PWN, 1988.
  • SALZMANN, Zdeněk. Jazyk, kultura a společnost : úvod do lingvistické antropologie. Translated by Zdeněk Hlavsa - Jaroslava Hlavsová - Vladimíra Šatavová. 1. vyd. Praha: Ústav pro etnografii a folkloristiku AV ČR Praha, 1997. 211 s. info
  • KARLÍK, Petr, Jana PLESKALOVÁ and Marek NEKULA. Encyklopedický slovník češtiny (Encyclopaedia of the Czech language). Praha: LN, 2002. 10 pp. Nakladatelství Lidové noviny. ISBN 80-7106-484-X. info
Teaching methods
Lectures (practically exemplified theoretical information), class discusion, reading of recommended literature.
Assessment methods
During semester: active participation (max. 4 absences), class discussion
Completion: final written test (ca 38 questions, max. 50 points, min. 30 points - the students will be become acquainted with the structure of the text at the end of semester)
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
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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