Course: Lexicology and Semantics

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Course title Lexicology and Semantics
Course code KAJ/4151
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Šteklová Kateřina, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Subject of lexicology , conception of word and vocabulary 2. Literal and associative meaning of words (conotation, denotation) 3. Semantic change 4. Sense relations ( synonymy, antonymy, homonymy etc.) 5. Semantic classification 6. Word groups, collocations, idioms, phrasal verbs 7. Lexical innovation 8. Neologisms 9. Lexical borrowning 10.Word formation ( coderivation, compounding, blending, clipping etc.) 11. Lexicography 12. Introduction to corpus linguistics

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 42 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the nature and structure of the vocabulary of contemporary English. Students should be able to recognize the variability of the system and the factors that affect it.
At the end of the semester students will be able: - to practically apply theoretical knowledge: to identify denotations and connotations of words in practical examples - they will be able to identify word-formational processes of individual lexemes - they will actively expand their vocabulary and demonstrate the skill to use it appropriately in selected exercises and even in their speech production - they will recognize the variability of the system and the factors that affect it.
Students are obliged to participate actively in the seminar, read relevant literature and pass credit tests in order to get a credit from this seminar. Students must be able to actively communicate in English, at least on level B2.

Assessment methods and criteria
work with text
Recommended literature
  • Coulson, S. Electrifying results: Cognitive linguistics and ERP studies. In Gonzalez-Marquez, M. et al. Methods in cognitive linguistics.. Amsterdam: Benjamins., 2007.
  • Cruse, D.A. Meaning in language. An introduction to semantics and pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Dirven, R. & Ralf. Metaphor and metonymy in comparison and contrast. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2002.
  • Gutiérrez-Rexach, J. Semantics: Critical concepts in linguistics. London: Routledge, 2003.
  • Langlotz, A. Idiomatic creativity. A cognitive-linguistic model of idiom-representation and idiom-variation in English. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2006.
  • Levin, B. & Rappaport Hovav, M. Unaccusativity: At the syntax-lexical semantics interface. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995.
  • Lopez Rua, P. ). Birds, colours and prepositions. The theory of categorization and its applications in linguistics. München: LINCOM, 2003.
  • Rothstein, S. Structuring events: A study in semantics of lexical aspects. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
  • Saeed, J. Semantics. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 2003.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter