DCJC011 Pragmalinguistics

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Káňa, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Renata Povolná, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Káňa, Ph.D.
Department of German Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Helena Rytířová
Supplier department: Department of German Language and Literature – Faculty of Education
Good philological knowledge of the language system (level Master of Arts in philology or teachers training in language)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is the acquiring of principles of pragmatics and the most important issues of pragmalinguistics as the crucial linguistic discipline for modern language teaching. Apart from gaining the theoretical background based on the latest books and papers on pragmalinguistics the course participants are expected to be able to apply their knowledge in their own teaching professions.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
- characterise pragmalinguistics as a linguistic subject
- mark the difference between semantics and pragmatics
- describe the concept of speech acts
- explain the Cooperative principles (Grice´s Maxims/ Konverstationsmaximen)
- distinguish the propositional from the presuppositional meaning;
- identify and explain pragmatic and evaluative markers in a text
- contrast pragmatics in several European cultures on the parole level
- explain the principle of CEFR based on pragmalinguistics

They will also be able to apply the knowledge acquired in the course both in their PhD theses and in the teaching of learners of German.
  • Theory
  • Relationship between pragmalinguistics and other linguistic disciplines
  • Proposition and presupposition
  • Theory of speech acts (Searl)
  • Direct and indirect speech acts
  • Principals of cooperation and conversational maxims (Grice)
  • Conversational and conventional implicatures
  • Deixis and deictic expressions and their manifestation in language
  • Spacial, time, personal and social deixis
  • Politeness and interaction
  • Conversational style and its analysis
  • Discourse and culture
  • Applied pragmalinguistics:
  • Pragmatic markers in text
  • The pragmalinguistic concept in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • (Further details are in the Interactive syllabus of E-Learning, IS MU.)
    required literature
  • Mašín, Jaroslav. Pragmalingvistika a osvojování češtiny jako cizího jazyka. Praha, FF UK, 2015.
  • HIRSCHOVÁ, Milada. Pragmatika v češtině. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2006. 243 s. ISBN 8024412837. info
  • YULE, George. Pragmatics. First published. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. xiv, 138. ISBN 0194372073. info
    recommended literature
  • Besch, W. (ed.) Duzen, Siezen, Titulieren :zur Anrede im Deutschen heute und gestern. Götingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1998.
  • LEVINSON, Stephen C. Pragmatics. 15th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. xvi, 420. ISBN 0521294142. info
  • BROWN, Penelope and Stephen C. LEVINSON. Politeness : some universals in language usage. 14th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xiv, 345. ISBN 0521313554. info
  • LEVINSON, Stephen C. Pragmatik. Translated by Martina Wiese. 3. Aufl. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 2000. xiii, 476. ISBN 3484220392. info
Teaching methods
lecture, class discussion on topics according to syllabus, short papers on crucial topics
Assessment methods
Oral exam and discussion on students seminar work. This work, which must be submitted by doctoral students before the exam, deals with the topic chosen according to students' field of interest and the topic of their presentations in which they are supposed to illustrate how pragmalinguistics can be applied in contact teaching.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2022.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2021, recent)
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