Vj3 Lexicology of Vietnamese language

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
prof. RNDr. Václav Blažek, CSc. (lecturer)
Bc. Thu Ha Hemelíková (lecturer)
Mgr. Michal Schwarz, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ondřej Srba, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Václav Blažek, CSc.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Ondřej Srba, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Vietnamese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
each odd Tuesday 14:00–15:40 C31
previous study of Vu1 Linguistical terminology for Vietnamese Studies
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course goal is to understand lexicology as a field of study and to use its terminology in analysis of Vietnamese language; practical aspect of the course comprise training analysis of basic types and structure of words in Vietnamese language including informations about their origin. The course Lexicology of Vietnamese language is a fundamental theoretical profile core course of the study programme Vietnamese Studies. Content of this course and acquired knowledge will be also a part of the Final State Examination.
Learning outcomes
1) At the end of this course the student will be able:
- to identify the types of Vietnamese words.
- to explain the structure of Vietnamese words;
2) At the end of the course, students will
- have basic theoretical knowledge of general lexicology and lexicography;
- know theory of syllable, morpheme and word in Vietnamese;
- know etymology of common part of the lexicon;
- know basic idiomatic expressions and their possible origin;
- orientate themselves in traditional and modern dictionaries.
  • 1. General introduction into lexicology (basic concepts)
  • 2. Classification of Vietnamese and its general characteristics from the point of view of lexicology
  • 3. Tiếng – relation of a syllable, morpheme and word
  • 4. Word composition and word creation
  • 5. Lexical and syntactical description of language – a question of word classes
  • 6. Etymology and taking over foreign lexical units – from Chinese, Austronese languages, French etc.
  • 7. Phraseology, thành ngữ (chéngyǔ) – their origin in Chinese, literary texts and folk tradition
  • 8. Lexicography – traditional Vietnamese vocabularies and encyclopaedia
  • 9. Lexicography – pre-modern European vocabularies of Vietnamese
  • 10. Lexicography – modern Vietnamese dictionaries
  • 11. Lexicography – descriptions and dictionaries of minority languages of Vietnam
    recommended literature
  • Thompson, Laurence C. 1985. A Vietnamese Reference Grammar. Honolulu: University of Hawaii.
    not specified
  • VÕ, Thị Minh Hà. Từ vựng học tiếng Việt. Edited by Thiện Giáp Nguyễn. Hà Nội: Nhà xuất bản giáo dục Việt Nam, 2016. 243 stran. ISBN 9786040089557. info
  • Emeneau, M. B. 1951. Studies in Vietnamese (Annamese) grammar. University of California publications in linguistics (Vol. 8). Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Maspéro, Henri. 1912. Études sur la phonétique historique de la langue annamite. In: Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient Vol. 12, No. 1 (1912), pp. 1-127.
  • Trương Văn Chinh. 1970. Structure de la langue vietnamienne. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale.
Teaching methods
lectures and practical exercises with analyses
Assessment methods
Written brief tests at the beginning of every lecture - 50 % of correct answers from all brief tests (including tests from missed classes) is needed to pass for final written examination. Then at least 80 % of correct answers from final written examination is needed to pass the course. Note: also at least 75% of correct answers from all brief tests is enough (= with no required level of results from final written examination) to pass the course.
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Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020.
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