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Introduction to Theoretical Study of English Language and Linguistics

Class at Faculty of Arts |




To provide a survey of the history of English linguistic studies in Czechoslovakia and the basics of the linguistic description of English.


The course introduces and applies the basic concepts of all structural language levels to English, covering its current state and status, social and regional variation, grammar, lexis, sound and writing systems.


D. Crystal, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, 1995

F. Čermák, Jazyk a jazykověda, 1994

S. Greenbaum, R. Quirk, A Student's Grammar of the English Language, 1990

G. Leech, Introducing English Grammar, 1992

T. MacArthur, The Oxford Companion to the English Language, 1996

V. Mathesius, Obsahový rozbor současné angličtiny na základě obecně lingvistickém, 1961

J. Vachek, Prolegomena k dějinám pražské školy jazykovědné, 1999



To provide additional material with practical exercises to exemplify and develop topics covered in the lecture: varieties of English, genetic and structural classification, British vs. American English, inflectional and derivational morphology, syntax, lexical semantics, lexicography, accentology and graphology.

MATERIAL (see also Lecture

Algeo J., Pyles T., The Origins and Development of the English Language, 1993

Crystal, D., The English Lanaguage, Penguin Books, 1990

Dušková, L., Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny, 1994

Greenbaum, S., Quirk, R., A Student's Grammar of the English Language, 1990

Lyons J., Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics, 1968

Nosek, J., Emmerová, J., Úvod do studia anglického jazyka (skripta), 1965

Nosek, J., Grafika moderní angličtiny, 1991

Quirk R., et al., A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Chap. 1, 2), 1985

P. Roach, English Phonetics and Phonology, 1996

Trudgill, P., J. Hannah, J., International English. A Guide to Varieties of Standard English, 1994

Vachek, J., Firbas, J., Historický pohled na dnešní angličtinu (skripta), 1. vyd. 1966


Credit on the basis of attendance, course work, assignments and a written test.