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Course, academic year 2019/2020
  
Construction Grammar - ALINV451M
Title: Konstrukční gramatika
Guaranteed by: Institute of Linguistics (21-ULING)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2019
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (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: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D.
Annotation - Czech
Last update: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D. (31.01.2016)
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.
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Kurz navazuje na úvod do syntaxe a sémantiky a je založen na pokročilé aplikaci konstrukční gramatiky jakožto svébytného funkčně-kognitivního pojetí syntaktické analýzy . Studenti se seznámí s teoretickými východisky konstrukčního přístupu k syntaktickému popisu a analýze, převážně v práci s anglickým a českým jazykovým materiálem. Součástí výkladu je také zkoumání možností, jak lze systematicky popisovat a vysvětlovat syntaktickou variabilitu, zároveň s ohledem na otázku, do jaké míry může konstrukční gramatika sloužit jako univerzálně aplikovatelný analytický model.
Aim of the course
Last update: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D. (31.01.2016)
  • 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: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D. (31.01.2016)

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

Literature
Last update: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D. (31.01.2016)

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 

Requirements to the exam
Last update: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D. (31.01.2016)

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

Syllabus
Last update: Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D. (09.02.2016)

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 - Czech
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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