LgMA08 Grammar, logic, mind

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: k (colloquium). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Pavel Caha, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Mojmír Dočekal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Markéta Ziková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Mojmír Dočekal, Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Thu 14:00–15:40 C12
Knowledge of formal syntax and semantics, passive knowledge of English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 7/40, only registered: 0/40, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/40
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Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to understand how natural language conceptualizes the natural world and it is possible to formalize this conceptualization linguistically.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:
- understand basic pluralisation operations of natural language (in entity and event domains);
- to see relation between conceptualization of events and their morphological realization (aspect);
- to understand relationships between conceptualization of substances and objects (mass vs. count);
- understand relationship between conceptualization of scales, its language realization in adjectival language domain and formalization via degree constructs;
- understand different ways in which natural languages gramaticalize various plural meaning by different ways (derivational morphology, classifiers, ...)
  • form and interpretation of singular and plural objects and events;
  • mass vs. count in natural languages
  • degree constructions in natural languages
  • aspect: aspectual systems of natural languages
    required literature
  • Landman, Fred. 2000. Events and plurality: The Jerusalem lectures. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    recommended literature
  • Schwarzschild, Roger. 1996. Pluralities. Springer.
  • Krifka, M. (1998). The origins of telicity. Events and grammar, 197-235.
  • Link, Godehard. 1983. The logical analysis of plurals and mass terms: A lattice-theoretical approach. In Meaning, use and the interpretation of language, ed. Rainer B ̈urle, Christoph Schwarze, & Arnim von a Stechow, 303–323. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Chierchia, Gennaro. 1998. Reference to kinds across language. Natural language semantics 6:339–405.
  • Nouwen, Rick Willem Frans. "Plural pronominal anaphora in context: dynamic aspects of quantification." PhD diss., 2003.
  • CHIERCHIA, Gennaro. Logic in grammar : polarity, free choice, and intervention. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. xi, 468. ISBN 9780199697984. info
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Assessment methods
Oral exam.
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