Course: Syntax II

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Course title Syntax II
Course code KAJ/7S2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Smolka Vladislav, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
14 weeks 1-2: non-finite clauses (sentence condensation) by infinitive, gerund and participle 3: compound sentence 4-9: complex sentence, types of clauses, their semantic relationship, alternative structures expressing similar semantic content, functional equivalence of Czech and English syntactic structures 10: ellipsis, substitution 11: coherence and cohesion 12: syntactically motivated ambiguity 13-14: syntactic analysis of authentic texts

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Demonstration, Activating (simulations, games, drama)
Learning outcomes
The subject deals with the syntax of English non-finite clauses, compound and complex sentences compared with Czech.
A practical knowledge of syntax of English non-finite clauses, compound sentence and complex sentence and their communicative functions.
Practical knowledge of essential concepts of syntax and simple sentence structures.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Student performance assessment, Analysis of student's language skills, Combined exam, Test

All examinations and consultations are held in English. Active participation in the seminar, passing grade in partial in-term tests, seminar paper, final exam.
Recommended literature
  • Biber, D., and S. Johansson, G. Leech, S. Conrad, E. Finegan.:. Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Harlow: Longman. 1999.
  • Dušková, L.:. Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny. Praha: Academia.1988.
  • Firbas, J.:. Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken. Communication. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1992.
  • Huddleston, R., Pullum, G. K. et al.:. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2002.
  • Lambrecht, K.:. Information Structure and Sentence Form. Topic, focus and the mental representations of discourse referents. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1994, 1998.
  • Quirk, R., et al.. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman 1985.

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