OJD12 Formal Semantics

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Mojmír Dočekal, 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
Passive knowledge of English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
We will reflect modern syntactic theories. The basic problem of these theories is the competition between syntax and semantics. Modern syntactic theories (minimalist program, principles and parameters) describe almost any natural langauage, but they have become more abstract, and syntactic derivations become ever more complex. Good question: is it possible to avoid these complexities, but retain the empirical coverage of generative grammar?
  • Topics: phrase structure, theta roles, case assignment, anaphors, transformations, empty categories, minimalist program, syntax-semantics interface, optimality theory, constructional grammar.
  • Johnson, Kyle. Introduction to Transformational Grammar. Lecture notes. Ms. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • Sportiche, Koopman & Stabler (2003). An introduction to syntactic analysis and theory. http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/stabler/isat.pdf.
  • Haegeman, Liliane (1997): The New Comparative Syntax. London: Longman.
  • Culicover, Peter W. - Jackendoff, R. Simpler syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-927108-9.
  • HAEGEMAN, Liliane M. V. and Jacqueline GUÉRON. English grammar :a generative perspective. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999. xiii, 672. ISBN 0-631-18839-8. info
  • FROMKIN, Victoria and Robert RODMAN. An introduction to language [Fromkin, 1998]. 6th ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1998. xvii, 566. ISBN 0-03-018682-X. info
  • CHOMSKY, Noam. The minimalist program. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1995. 420 s. ISBN 0-262-53128-3. info
  • SGALL, Petr. Úvod do syntaxe a sémantiky : některé nové směry v teoretické lingvistice. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1986. 197 s. info
Assessment methods
Lectures, class discussion. The course is completed by successful writing of a test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught: every week.
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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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