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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Construction Grammar - AAA500119
Title: Konstrukční gramatika
Guaranteed by: Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology (21-UAJD)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2019
Semester: summer
Points: 2
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0 C [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: ALINV451M
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D.
P//Is pre-requisite for: AAA5PP119
Annotation -
Last update: Mgr. Zuzana Freitas Lopesová (09.11.2017)
This course is intended to solidify basic understanding of the inner workings of Construction Grammar (CxG), a cognitively and functionally oriented framework in which syntactic representations are understood as conventionalized associations between form and function. Focus will be on the framework’s analytic methods and on articulating generalizations about speakers’ linguistic knowledge, using material primarily from English and Czech. We will also examine the ways in which variation in grammatical form can be systematically captured and explained, and consider the question in what sense the constructional approach can serve as a universal model of language.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Mgr. Zuzana Freitas Lopesová (09.11.2017)
  • placing Construction Grammar among other linguistic theories
  • mastery of the constructional analytic method and represenational apparatus (formalism)
  • application of constructional analysis to new data
  • independent formulation of constructional generalizations and representations
Course completion requirements -
Last update: Mgr. Zuzana Freitas Lopesová (09.11.2017)

Active participation in class, timely turning in of occasional practical exercises during the semester, final term paper. 

Všechny požadavky pro zápočet je nutné splnit do konce zkouškového období akademického roku, ve kterém si student předmět zapsal.


Literature -
Last update: Mgr. Zuzana Freitas Lopesová (09.11.2017)

Fried, Mirjam & Jan-Ola Östman (2004), Construction Grammar: a thumbnail sketch. In M. Fried & J-O. Östman (eds.), Construction Grammar in a cross-language perspective, 11-86. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

additional literature (short papers) might be handed out during the semester

Teaching methods -
Last update: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D. (25.02.2016)


Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Mgr. Zuzana Freitas Lopesová (09.11.2017)

Ability to critically discuss the issues in syntactic analysis, ability to apply the constructional approach to new or unfamiliar syntactic material.

Syllabus -
Last update: Mgr. Zuzana Freitas Lopesová (09.11.2017)

Main topics: 

- Functional-cognitive vs. formal theories of grammar

- Arguments for Construction Grammar

- Issues in subordination

- Issues in argument structure

- Issues in grammatical change


Entry requirements -
Last update: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D. (18.02.2018)

Not open to students in the first year Bc. Good working knowledge of English is required.

Prerequisite: Bc. course Syntax and semantics (Syntax a sémantika) or an equivalent (i.e. a course that provides solid working knowledge of phrase-structure syntax and argument-structure issues).

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