Course: Patrick Sériot´s Lectures in Linguistics

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Course title Patrick Sériot´s Lectures in Linguistics
Course code KOL/92BPS
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Doctoral
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
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Course content
(1) "Language and Nation" Neither languages nor nations are natural objects, their limits are blurred, their homogeneity is questionable and their identity is unstable. Nonetheless, some people consider languages and nations to be not only natural, but also discontinuous and homogeneous objects, so that identifying the limits of a language is like drawing the borders of the corresponding nation. We will discuss the discourse on overlapping, or one-to-one correspondences of languages and nations as natural and distinct objects of knowledge, and the effects this discourse has on political practice. The field of study is the border situation in Central and Eastern Europe, where continuity can be thought of as discontinuity. After examining the non-isomorphic relationship between language and nation across various regions of Europe, we can lay out a more nuanced view of the relationship between these concepts, even in a region which places such high symbolic value on linguistically based (national) identity. (2) "Roman Jakobson and the Prague Linguistic Circle" Was Jakobson a structuralist? This provocative question should lead us towards a more thorough understanding of some obscure passages in his writings of the 1920s-1930s. For instance, how is the idea of a 'language union' compatible with the structural notion of the phoneme? Why did Jakobson refuse causality and propose instead teleology as a working hypothesis? Why did he write a very positive obituary of Nikolaj Marr? What are the intellectual sources of the metaphor/metonymy opposition? Why did he despise positivism so intensively? The answers to those questions should reveal a very different scholar from the one we are accustomed to in the main books and papers dedicated to his work. (3) "Impersonal sentences" Since the middle ages,impersonal sentences raise both a difficult logical and grammatical problem, because they are incompatible with Plato's 'subject-predicate' basis of the judgment (in the Sophist). For instance, in 'Me paenitet erroribus meis', if the accusative 'me' is a subject, where is the nominative? but if it is an object, where is the subject? All the Slavic languages present a great variety of those bizarre syntactic constructions. In the evolutionary perspective, some grammarians think that they are a progress of thought, some others that they are a survival of somme archaic type of thought. The Neo-humboldtians argue that the presence of numerous impersonal sentences in the Slavic languages reveals a ?fatalist, or passive mentality? (A. Wierzbicka). The dependency grammars, by taking down the subject to the level of the other complements (Lucien Tesni?re) offer an elegant solution for tackling the problem of impersonal sentences. But what is poorly known is that in the 1870 in a small town of Southern Russia A. Dmitrivevskij, a supporter of the 'Slavophile grammars', invented the dependency model, at the same time that G. Frege proposed the function/argument model in logic.

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Faculty of Arts Media and Cultural Studies (14) Journalism, library science and informatics - -
Faculty of Arts German Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Language (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Andragogy (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Arts Dutch Philology (16) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Politology (12) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English and American Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English and American Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (15) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Clinical Psychology (12) Psychology courses - -
Faculty of Arts Theory and History of Literature, Theatre and Film (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (16) Philosophy, theology - -
Faculty of Arts Czech History (12) History courses - -
Faculty of Arts Politology (14) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Sociology (12) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Sociology (12) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Language (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Romance literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Pedagogical Psychology (12) Psychology courses - -
Faculty of Arts Theory and History of Arts (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Theory and History of Arts (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (15) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Media and Cultural Studies (14) Journalism, library science and informatics - -
Faculty of Arts Romance Languages (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts English Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Romance Languages (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts General Linguistics and Theory of Communication (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts German Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Romance Languages (14) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Clinical Psychology (12) Psychology courses - -
Faculty of Arts Pedagogical Psychology (12) Psychology courses - -
Faculty of Arts Theory of Literature (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts - (16) Economy - -
Faculty of Arts Russian Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Languages and Culture of China and Japan (15) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts The Theory and History of Music (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Czech History (12) History courses - -
Faculty of Arts World History (12) History courses - -
Faculty of Arts Russian Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Comparative slavonic Philology (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Languages and Culture of China and Japan (15) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Dutch Philology (16) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts General Linguistics and Theory of Communication (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Comparative Slavonic Philology (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Politology (14) Social sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Romance literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Russian Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts General Linguistics and Theory of Communication (13) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts General Linguistics and Theory of Communication (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Russian Literatura (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts World History (12) History courses - -
Faculty of Arts German Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts Andragogy (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Arts Czech Literature (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts German Language (12) Philological sciences - -
Faculty of Arts The Theory and History of Music (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Theory and History of Literature, Theatre and Film (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts Theory of Literature (12) Theory and history of arts - -
Faculty of Arts - (16) Economy - -