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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Selected Problems in English Linguistics - AAA500131
Title: Vybrané otázky lingvistiky angličtiny
Guaranteed by: Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology (21-UAJD)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2018 to 2019
Semester: winter
Points: 0
E-Credits: 8
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/2 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: 17 / 17 (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: prof. doc. PhDr. Libuše Dušková, DrSc.
PhDr. Gabriela Brůhová, Ph.D.
Mgr. Kateřina Vašků, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. Gabriela Brůhová, Ph.D.
prof. doc. PhDr. Libuše Dušková, DrSc.
Mgr. Kateřina Vašků, Ph.D.
Annotation -
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The course has the form of lectures and seminars. The aim is to deepen the theoretical background and analysis of selected aspects of English linguistics on the background of description of grammatical phenomena presented in grammars and during the previous study. An emphasis is put on the interaction of the levels of language description, focusing on topics dealt with by individual lecturers (see recommended literature). The course covers topics from the syntactic and textual level, historical development, lexicological and lexicographical issues as well as aspects arising from the contrastive description. The lecture will provide a broad framework and the seminar will provide space for the application of selected specific problems to specific language material.
Course completion requirements -
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The completion of the course involves obtaining a credit and passing an examination:

  • Credit is obtained: for attendance (3 absences max.) and presentation
  • Examinaton is obtained for: the final test

All credit requirements must be met by the end of the examination period of the academic year in which the student enrolled the course.

Literature -
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Selected literature:

Allerton, D. J.  (1982) Valency and the English VerbLondon.

Barnfield, K. and I. Buchstaller (2010) "Intensifiers on Tyneside. Longitudinal developments and new trends". English World-Wide 31:3, pp 252–287.

Bauer, L. (1994) Watching English Change. An introduction to the study of linguistic change in standard Englishes in the twentieth century. London/New York: Longman. Chapter 3.2, pp 51-61.

Biber, D. et al. (1999) Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English. London: Longman.

Dušková, L. (2004) Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. Praha: Academia.

Dušková, L. (1999) "Has the English verb system the category of aspect?’", in Dušková, L., Studies in the English Language. Part 1. Praha: Karolinum, pp 103-112.

Dušková, L. (1999) "On the nature of the subject of continuous forms in present-day English", in Dušková, L., Studies in the English Language. Part 1. Praha: Karolinum, pp 44-58.

Dušková, L. (1999) "Some quantitative aspects of continuous forms in present-day English", in Dušková, L., Studies in the English Language. Part 1. Praha: Karolinum, pp 11-43.

Dušková, L. (1997) "Expressing Indefiniteness in English". Prague Studies in English 22, pp 33-50.

Dušková, L. (1998)  "Syntactic forms of the presentation scale and their differentiation", Linguistica Pragensia 8, pp. 36-43.

Firbas, J.  (1964) "From comparative word-order studies: Thoughts on v. Mathesius's conception of the word-order system in English compared with that in Czech". Brno Studies in English 4, pp 111-128.

Hoffmann, S. (2005), Grammaticalization and English Complex Prepositions. A Corpus-Based Study, London and New York: Routledge.

Hudlleston, R. and G. J. Pullum (2002) Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge University press.

Klégr A., Malá, M., P.  Šaldová (2012) Anglické ekvivalenty nejfrekventovanějších českých předložek. Praha: Karolinum UK.

Kranich, S. (2013) "Functional layering and the English progressive". Linguistics 51 (1), pp 1-32.

Leech, G. (2004, 3rd edition) Meaning and the English Verb. London: Longman.

Leech, G., M. Hundt, Ch. Mair and N. Smith (2009) Change in Contemporary English. A Grammatical Study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mathesius, V. (1975) "The word order of the English sentence", in A Functional Analysis of Present-Day English, Prague, pp. 153-163.

Matthews, P. (2014) The Positions of adjectives in English. Oxford: OUP.

Poldauf, I. (1964) “The Third Syntactical Plan”, in J. Vachek (ed.) Travaux linguistique de Prague 1, pp. 241- 255. Praha: Academia.

Römer, U. (2005) Progressives, Patterns, Pedagogy. A corpus-driven approach to English progressive forms, functions, contexts and didactics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Quirk, R., et al. (1985) A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, London.

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  1. On Some Distinctions between British and Czech Grammatical Theory
  2. The Noun and the Pronoun
  3. The Verb
  4. English Prepositions
  5. The Adjective and the Adverb
  6. The Simple Sentence
  7. Complex Sentence I 
  8. Complex Sentence II
  9. English Conjunctions
  10. Phonetic Aspects of Czech English
  11. Grammaticalization
  12. Variation and Change through Corpora






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