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Current approaches in linguistics - ALINP208M
Title: Current approaches in linguistics
Guaranteed by: Institute of Linguistics (21-ULING)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
Points: 0
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: ABO700730
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Eva Lehečková, Ph.D.
Mgr. Markéta Ceháková
Incompatibility : ABO700730
Interchangeability : ABO700730
Is incompatible with: ABO700730
Is interchangeable with: ABO700730
The course consists of lectures delivered in English and Czech seminars. Overall, it focuses on the history of linguistics and development of various linguistic approaches since the second half of 20th century up to now, i. e. from structuralism to current integrative socio-cognitive approaches. Every week, a 20-minute English lecture introducing one perspective is followed by a 70-minute Czech seminar dedicated to the discussion of an English text related to the topic of the week.
Last update: Lehečková Eva, Mgr., Ph.D. (02.09.2020)

Obligatory texts are introduced in the syllabus, more papers will be recommended during the semester.

Last update: Lehečková Eva, Mgr., Ph.D. (02.09.2020)
Teaching methods

Half of the course consists of series of lectures, the other half will involve seminars focused on discussions of individual theoretical approaches and their comparison.

In case of distance learning, lectures will be videorecorded, seminars will be partly delivered on Zoom, partly replaced by tasks assigned via e-course on Moodle UK.

Last update: Lehečková Eva, Mgr., Ph.D. (22.09.2020)
Requirements to the exam

essay (written in Czech or in English), 5-7 pages

Last update: Ceháková Markéta, Mgr. (15.02.2024)

1 Introduction

2 Beyond Structural Linguistics; Reading Assignment: J. E. Joseph (2015): Structural linguistics

3 Generative Grammar - Introduction; Reading Assignment: R. Jackendoff (1997): Questions, Goals, and Assumptions

4 Generative Grammar - Overview of the history; Reading Assignment: H. Lasnik – T. Lohndal (2013): Brief overview of the history of generative syntax

5 Generative Grammar - Minimalism; Reading Assignment: Ž. Bošković (2013): Principles and Parameters Theory and Minimalism

6 Generative Grammar - Critique; Reading Assignment: M. Haspelmath (2000): Why can´t we talk to each other

7 Typology: Reading Assignment; N. Evans – S. Levinson (2009): The myth of language universals 

8 Cognitive Linguistics I.; Reading Assignment: D. Geeraerts (2010): Cognitive Linguistics

9 Cognitive Linguistics II.; Reading Assignment: D. Geeraerts (2010): Cognitive Linguistics 

10 Cognitive Linguistics - Empirical Turn: Reading Assignment: J. Bybee (2013): From Usage to Grammar: The Mind´s Response to Repetition; D. Divjak – C. Caldwell-Harris (2015): Frequency and Entrenchment

11 Communicative Turn in Linguistics; Reading Assignment: S. C. Levinson – F. Torreira (2015): Timing in turn-taking and its implications for processing models of language

12 Converging approaches - Socio-cognitive linguistics; Reading Assignment: D. Geeraerts (2016): Socio-semiotic commitment

13 Linguistics without categories? Reading Assignment: M. Ramscar – R. Port (2016): How Spoken Languages Work in the Absence of an Inventory of Discrete Units

Last update: Lehečková Eva, Mgr., Ph.D. (02.09.2020)
Entry requirements

Basic orientation in structuralism required, some basic knowledge of generative grammar and cognitive linguistics will be helpful, but does not prevent enrollment in the course.

Last update: Lehečková Eva, Mgr., Ph.D. (02.09.2020)
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