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Course, academic year 2019/2020
  
Cognitive Concepts in Czech Language and Culture - ABO700284
Title: Cognitive Concepts in Czech Language and Culture
Guaranteed by: Institute of Czech Language and Theory of Communication (21-UCJTK)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
Points: 0
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/2 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / 15 (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Level:  
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Lucie Saicová Římalová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Lucie Saicová Římalová, Ph.D.
Annotation - Czech
Last update: doc. PhDr. Lucie Saicová Římalová, Ph.D. (07.07.2019)
The aim of the course is to study theories of cognitive linguistics and anthropolinguistics which allow comparisons of various types of concepts in different languages and cultures, and to apply these theories to analyses that compare Czech data with other languages.

The following theories and concepts are discussed: theories of conceptual metaphor and metonymy; image schema; prototypes and stereotypes; cultural key words; theories of linguistic worldview and a linguistic picture of the world; the profiling of concepts.

Suggested topics for analysis and discussion are: concepts of space and spatial dimensions, time, and motion; selected abstract notions (e.g. domov “home”, svoboda “freedom”); colours; emotions (e.g. fear, anger, love); linguistic pictures and/or stereotypes of selected body parts (e.g. the hand, the head); figures from Czech culture (e.g. Václav Havel, Božena Němcová, literary characters such as Švejk) or places (e.g. Prague and its inhabitants).

The analyses focus on Czech data and compare them with English or other languages, especially languages spoken by course participants.

Activities in the seminar include critical reading and discussion of selected scientific texts and the practical analysis of data samples. Students will be asked to choose a topic for their own analysis and to present the results to other course participants.
Aim of the course - Czech
Last update: doc. PhDr. Lucie Saicová Římalová, Ph.D. (07.07.2019)

The aim of the course:

Students will deepen their knowledge of a cognitive and anthropological approach to language and culture and develop their ability to analyse and compare data of various levels of complexity.

Literature
Last update: doc. PhDr. Lucie Saicová Římalová, Ph.D. (31.08.2019)

Recommended basic reading:

Bartmiński, J. (2009): Aspects of Cognitive Ethnolinguistics. J. Zinken (ed.). Sheffield – Oakville: Equinox.

Cummins, C., Katsos, N. (eds.) (2019): The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford et al.: OUP. (selected chapters)

Dąbrowska, A. et al. (eds.) (2017): Stereotypes and Linguistic Prejudices in Europe. Budapest: Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. (selected chapters)

Danaher, D. S. (2015): Ideology as Metaphor, Narrative, and Performance in the Writings of Václav Havel. Slovo a smysl, 23, pp. 115–127.

Danaher, D. S. (2010): Translating Havel: Three key words (domov, svědomí, and klid). Slovo a slovesnost, 71, No. 4, pp. 250–259.

Evans, V., Chilton, P. (eds.) (2010): Language, Cognition and Space. London – Oakville: Equinox. (selected chapters)

Głaz, A., Danaher, D. S., Łozowski, P. (eds.) (2013): The Linguistic Worldview. Ethnolinguistics, Cognition, and Culture. London: Versita / de Gruyter open. (selected chapters)

Šedivá, D. (2018): ABCZ aneb H jako Havel. ABCZ or All You Need to Know about Czechia and the Czechs. Denisa Šedivá.

(More reading will be recommended during the semester.)

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: doc. PhDr. Lucie Saicová Římalová, Ph.D. (07.07.2019)

Requirements for attestation:

Active participation in seminars – attendance, reading of assigned texts, participation in discussions, analysis and presentation of a selected topic.

Syllabus - Czech
Last update: doc. PhDr. Lucie Saicová Římalová, Ph.D. (07.07.2019)

Syllabus (suggested topics for analysis and discussion):

Week 1: Introduction; basic principles of a cognitive and anthropological approach to language.

Week 2 + 3: Metaphor, metonymy, image schema; time, colours, emotions.

Week 4: Cultural key words; abstract notions (“home”, “freedom” etc.).

Week 5 + 6: Linguistic worldview, linguistic picture of the world, profiling; space and spatial dimensions, body parts.

Week 7 + 8: Linguistic worldview, stereotypes; selected characters from Czech culture, places.

Weeks 9–11: Presentations and discussion.

Week 12: Summary, concluding discussion.

Entry requirements - Czech
Last update: doc. PhDr. Lucie Saicová Římalová, Ph.D. (07.07.2019)

Requirements for participation:

The course is taught in English. Some previous experience with cognitive linguistics or anthropolinguistics is an advantage but is not necessary.

 
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