AJ32052 Selected Topics in Semantics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Naděžda Kudrnáčová, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 4/15, only registered: 0/15
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Description of the course and its objectives: This course is designed for doctoral students. It covers selected topics in semantics and in the interface between semantics and grammar. The course aims to enlarge the students´ knowledge of semantics, especially in more specialized areas, and to encourage their active approach toward the subject matter. The course is taught in English.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to: - write a paper on a semantic topic - carry out independent research into semantics - evaluate approaches to a given problem in the literature and form an opinion of one´s own - present a paper at a linguistic conference
  • The topics covered in the course: - types and dimensions of meaning - lexical decomposition - semantics of English verbs - types of lexical meaning - grammatical semantics
    required literature
  • Cruse, Alan D. (2000) Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Frawley, William: Linguistic Semantics (Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum) 1992
  • SAEED, John I. Semantics. 3rd ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. xvii, 456. ISBN 9781405156394. info
  • LEECH, Geoffrey Neil. Semantics :the study of meaning. 2nd ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1981. xii, 383 s. ISBN 0-14-021694-4. info
  • VENDLER, Zeno. Linguistics in philosophy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1967. info
    recommended literature
  • GEERAERTS, Dirk. Theories of lexical semantics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. xix, 341. ISBN 9780198700319. info
  • R.M.W. DIXON. A Semantic Approach to English Grammar. 2005. info
  • DUŠKOVÁ, Libuše. Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. 2003. info
  • ALLAN, Keith. Natural language semantics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. xix, 529 s. ISBN 0-631-19296-4. info
  • LYONS, John. Linguistic semantics : an introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. xvi, 376. ISBN 0521438772. info
  • FLEISCHMAN, Suzanne. Modality in grammar and discourse. Edited by Joan L. Bybee. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1995. viii, 575. ISBN 1556196393. info
  • The verb in contemporary English : theory and description. Edited by Bas Aarts - Charles Meyer. 1st publ. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. x, 313. ISBN 0521460395. info
  • LEVIN, Beth. English verb classes and alternations : a preliminary investigation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. xviii, 348. ISBN 9780226475332. info
  • CROFT, William. Syntactic categories and grammatical relations : the cognitive organization of information. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1991. xii, 331. ISBN 0226120902. info
Teaching methods
One 1.5 hour seminar, held every other week of the term.
Assessment methods
One 1.5 hour seminar, held every other week of the term.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every other week.
General note: Tento kurz je určen pouze studentům doktorského studia! This course is designated for PhD students ONLY!.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2002, Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016.
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