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 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/50, only registered: 0/50, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/50
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
The goal of the course is to familiarize students with basic terminology and characteristics of the study of Chinese writing (grammatology) through lectures. The purpose of the lectures is to provide the students with necessary historical and terminological context with notions such as types of characters, graphical transformations, structural analysis, graphical etymology, dictionary Shuōwén jiězì, etc. A practical part will follow when various excavated texts will be read together. Students will also make presentations with chosen subjects.
At the end of the course the students will be able to:
- understand the complexity of the basic study of Chinese writing (grammatology) and its component disciplines
- understand key technical terms linked to different phenomena concerning Chinese writing, understand chronological and material articulation of graphical documentation
- get a deeper insight into the structure of a character from the point of view of graphical etymology
- explain some principal issues of graphical transformations of the Chinese writing and to know basic characteristics of its archaic types (development, deformations, semantical aspects, loan characters, context, meaning)
(0) Basic information, introduction to grammatology, revision
(1) Basic characteristics, terminology, bibliography
(2) History of Chinese grammatology I
(3) History of Chinese grammatology II
(4) Grammatology in 20th century I
(5) Grammatology in 20th century II
(6) Modern characters, selected issues
(7) Selected issues in Chinese grammatology
(8) Reading documents I
(9) Reading documents II
(10) Xu Shen and his dictionary
(11) Xu Shen and his dictionary
ZÁDRAPA, Lukáš and Michaela PEJČOCHOVÁ. Čínské písmo. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2009. 297 s. ISBN 9788020017550. info
Every student will make a presentation of a given subject orally or as a written assignment. Students are allowed to be absent twice.
These two conditions are relevant to get the credit for the course. If these are not fulfilled, the course can be validated alternatively by doing homework on a given theme.
Language of instruction
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every week.