CJJ06 Modern Czech Syntax

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Pavel Caha, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Taraldsen Medová, M.Phil., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Pavel Caha, Ph.D.
Department of Czech Language - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jaroslava Vybíralová
Supplier department: Department of Czech Language - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
CJJ06/01: Thu 12:00–13:40 D21, P. Caha
CJJ06/02: Thu 10:00–11:40 D21, P. Caha
CJJ06/03: Thu 8:00–9:40 D21, P. Caha
CJJ04 Morphology
In the seminar, we discuss assignments that everyone has to solve before the class. The theory required to complete the assignments can be acquired either by reading the textbook by L. Haegeman, or by attending the lecture CJBB172 Introduction to Czech syntax.
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 105 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 93/105, only registered: 1/105, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/105
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Course objectives
The aims of the course are:
1. to get the students acquainted with recent theories about the structure of a sentence as the elementary unit of the language system/of a text,
2. to help them understand the possibilities of the system for creating correct Czech sentences,
3. to help them understand formal relations among sentence elements.
At the end of the course the students should be able to understand and capture the basic aspects of syntactic structure by means of a syntactic parse tree. The seminar is orientated practically, i.e. the focus is on application of the particular knowledge into practice when working with an example sentence.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student is able to:
- identify sentence constituents;
- correctly label various kinds of constituents and characterise their function;
- draw a phrase-structure tree for sentences and their parts;
- to understand, formulate and formally encode basic rules of syntax;
- analyse the structure of words using head movement;
- structurally depict the rules for question formation, relative clause formation and conditional clause formation;
- understand, describe and formally capture co-reference relations between antecedents and anaphoric elements.
  • 1. Syntactic structure.
  • 2. Auxiliary sequences, negation, question formation, conditionals.
  • 3. How to tell a constituent (ellipsis, coordination, ...).
  • 4. Constituents and their properties.
  • 5. Arguments.
  • 6. Adverbials.
  • 7. Binding.
  • 8. Raising to subject.
  • 9. Wh-movement.
  • 10. Head movement.
  • 11. Clitics.
  • 12. Syntax and Morphology.
    required literature
  • HAEGEMAN, Liliane M. V. Thinking syntactically : a guide to argumentation and analysis. 1st pub. Malden: Blackwell, 2006. xii, 386. ISBN 1405118520. info
    recommended literature
  • 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
    not specified
  • ŠMILAUER, Vladimír. Novočeská skladba. 2. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1969. 574 s. URL info
  • GREPL, Miroslav and Petr KARLÍK. Skladba češtiny. Olomouc: Votobia, 1998. 503 s. ISBN 80-7198-281-4. info
  • DANEŠ, František, Zdeněk HLAVSA and Miroslav GREPL. Mluvnice češtiny. 1. vyd. Praha: Academia, 1987. 746 s. info
Teaching methods
The methods used include theoretical and practical skills, the theoretical ones being to read assigned scholarly materials, the practical ones to analyze concrete Czech sentences/texts.
Assessment methods
To complete the course successfully, it is necessary: 1) to participate actively and regularly in the seminars (to read assigned texts and to prepare for the seminars beforehand; the attendance is compulsory), 2) to succeed in a written exam (test).
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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