Course: Czech functionalism vs./and cognitive and construction grammar

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Course title Czech functionalism vs./and cognitive and construction grammar
Course code KBH/VCF
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Bednaříková Božena, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Through presentations and the team seminar papers and with the help of panel discussions the following topics will be discussed: 1) functional language concepts and functional grammar (V. Mathesius) vs. / and cognitive grammar (R. Langacker) and construction grammar (W. Drift) 2) the dichotomy of center and periphery (F. Daneš, P. Sgall), the problem of vagueness (Neustupný), the theory of prototypes (E. Rosch) and the categorization of linguistic units (G. Lakoff) 3) functional sentence perspective, semantic and pragmatic parameters 4) sentence patterns (F. Daneš) and construction grammar 5) the construction of grammar through semantic base (J. Kořenský), the theory of prototypes and structural grammar, 6) the importance of the notion of the word, consistency of form and meaning in functionalism and cognitive linguistics (L.A. Janda), structure as a combination of form and meaning (Fried, Jan-Ola Östman) 7) cognitive grammar and descriptions of Czech (L.A. Janda, I. Vaňková, I. Nebeská, etc.) 8) reflection of poetic function of language (Mukařovský J., R. Jakobson), communicational and pragmatic turnover and cognitive linguistics

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Activating (Simulations, Games, Dramatization)
Learning outcomes
The optional seminar deals with relationships and similarities vs. differences between theoretical and methodological foundations of Czech functionalism and cognitive grammar. Special attention is also given to one of the components of cognitive linguistics, i.e. construction grammar.
Ability to compare the theoretical and methodological bases of linguistic functionalism and cognitive linguistics
General knowledge of basic linguistic terms

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance, Analysis of linguistic, Seminar Work

Presentation of a paper, participation in a panel discussion
Recommended literature
  • & Vaňková, I. (2005). Co na srdci, to na jazyku: kapitoly z kognitivní lingvistiky. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, nakladatelství Karolinum.
  • Bednaříková, B. (2009). Slovo a jeho konverze. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci.
  • Daneš et al. Mluvnice češtiny III.
  • Grygiel, M., Janda, L.A. (2011). Slavic linguistics in a cognitive framework. Frankfurt am Main.
  • Jakobson, R., & Červenka, M. (1995). Poetická funkce. Jinočany: H&H.
  • Kořenský, J. (1984). Konstrukce gramatiky ze sémantické báze. Praha: Academia.
  • Lakoff, G., & Johnson, M. (2003). Metaphors we live by. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Mathesius, V., & Vachek, J. (1961). Obsahový rozbor současné angličtiny na základě obecně lingvistickém. Praha: Nakladatelství Československé akademie věd.
  • ÖSTMAN, O. & M. FRIED (eds.). (2004). Construction Grammar in a cross-language perspective. Amsterdam.
  • ÖSTMAN, O. & M. FRIED (eds.). (2005). Construction Grammars: cognitive grounding and theoretical extensions. Amsterdam.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Czech Philology (2012) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Philology (2016) Philological sciences - -