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Current Approaches in Linguistics

Class at Faculty of Arts |


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


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.

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