LgMA05 Anthropolinguistics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. RNDr. Václav Blažek, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Václav Blažek, CSc.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
each odd Wednesday 10:00–11:40 G24
Interest of information mediated by a language.
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 the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The purpose of the seminar is to introduce in the methods of etymology on the basis of Indo-European languages. Students should be able to apply the basic methods used in etymology.
Learning outcomes
Students should be able to find satisfactory information about origin or etymology of concrete words, personal or place names and critically evaluate them.
  • 1. Sound correspondences: anlaut, inlaut, auslaut. 2. Morphological segmentation of the word: root, stem, derivational suffixes, prefixes, nominal & verbal inflection, compounding. 3. Rules explaining the exceptions: Lex Verner, Grassmann, Bartholomae, Brugmann, etc. 4. Innovations vs. archaisms: Leskien’s rule (example of the Slavic l-epentheticum). 5. Etymological illustratons from various semantic fields; the method Wörter und Sachen: 5.1. Body parts. 5.2. Kinship terms. 5.3. Natural phenomena: living & unliving nature. 5.4. Cultural words.
    recommended literature
  • MOLDANOVÁ, Dobrava, Naše příjmení. Praha: Mladá fronta 1983.
  • KOPEČNÝ, František, Průvodce našimi jmény. Praha: Academia 1991.
  • REJZEK, Jiří, Český etymologický slovník. Praha: Leda 2015.
  • PROFOUS, Antonín. Místní jména v Čechách : jejich vznik, původní význam a změny. Praha 1947-1960.
  • A. Erhart. 1984. Základy jazykovědy. Praha: SPN.
    not specified
  • MACHEK, Václav, Etymologický slovník jazyka českého. Praha: Academia 1971.
Teaching methods
The teacher demonstrates the basic etymological approaches, connecting the analyzed words with objects or phenomena designated by these words. After it students try to apply these methods in their own etymological research.
Assessment methods
Own etymological solution of various words representing different semantic fields.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.

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