Course: Lexicology II

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Course title Lexicology II
Course code KAJ/LEX2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Emmer Jaroslav, Mgr.
Course content
1. Fundamental notions 2. Lexical semantics 3. Types of meaning 4. Word meaning based on context 5.-6. Paradigmatic sense relations (relational semantics) 7. Lexical fields theory 8. Semantic change 9.-10. Cognitive semantics (conceptual metaphor, lexical priming, theory of prototypicality) 11. Lexicon as a system 12. Syntagmatic relations 13. Lexicography

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The course Lexicology II succeeds the course Lexicology I and focuses mainly on the second key area of Lexicology - lexical semantics. It deals with the structure of English lexicon and the description of semantic relations among its constituents. At the very beginning, students are introduced to fundamental notions that govern further understanding of semantic principles, followed by a general introduction to lexical semantics. Then, more attention is paid to structural and cognitive approaches to semantics and their overall contributions to the discipline, especially the lexical field theory, relational semantics, componential analysis, the theory of prototypicality, lexical priming and conceptual metaphor. The last part of the course is dedicated to Lexicography and provides an overview of the most frequently used English dictionaries. Lecture presentations and seminar handouts will be sent to students via email from STAG in advance so that they can prepare them for the lessons. Additional materials will be distributed either during the lessons, via email or they will be made available on Moodle.
Practical knowledge of lexical systém of English.
Prerequisites
Minimum entry level of English: Upper-Intermediate.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Consultations and examinations are held in English. Attendance (minimum 70%) and active participation in seminars. Final test with a result of at least 70%. Oral examination.
Recommended literature
  • Cruse, D. A.:. Lexical Semantics. Cambridge University Press, 1986.
  • Cruse, D. A.:. Meaning in Language. Oxford University Press, 2000, 2004 (2nd ed.).
  • Crystal, D.:. Words, Words, Words. Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Geeraerts, D.:. Theories of Lexical Semantics. Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Hoey, M.:. Lexical Priming. Routledge, 2005.
  • Kovecses, Z.:. Metaphor: A practical introduction. Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Lakoff, G.:. Johnson, M.: Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago press, 1980, 2003 (2nd ed.).
  • Leech, G.:. Semantics. Penguin, 1981.
  • Lipka, L.:. English Lexicology. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2002.
  • Lyons, J.:. Linguistic Semantics. An Introduction. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Palmer, F. R.:. Semantics. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 1981.
  • Stubbs, M.:. Words and Phrases. Corpus Studies of Lexical Semantics. Blackwell, 2002.


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): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer