SIS code: 

NPFL106 Linguistics

2018 Summer

Instructor: Jirka Hana
e-mail: (start the email's subject with NPFL106)
Language: Czech or English
Time & Place: Wed 10:40-12:10 S11

1  Description and objectives of the course

The course will help students to get familiar with advanced topics in linguistics, especially syntax, semantics, historical linguistics and psycholinguistics. Most topics will be addressed both from the perspective of traditional linguistics and from the formal perspective of mathematics and computer science. Students are expected to have basic knowledge of linguistics, for example as provided by NPFL063 - Introduction to General Linguistics.

2  Readings and discussion

In each class, we will discuss one or more papers (sometimes books or dissertations). It is expected that everybody will have read the papers. For each paper, one or two people will be responsible for leading the discussion (in some cases it will be me).

3  Active class participation

"Active participation" refers to your comments and questions during class, your answers to my questions, etc. I do not keep track of whether your answers, etc. are correct, but simply whether or not you participate. It is important that you read the assigned papers (especially if you are leading the discusssion).

4  Grading

Presentation 0-50
Active class participation 0-50
Total: 0-100
Grade Points
1 90-100
2 76-89
3 60-75
4 0-59


6  Schedule

This is a preliminary schedule, order of the topics and some of the papers might change


Roberts (1998)

Date Topic Presenter Reading
Feb 28 Unbounded dependencies  me  
Mar 7 Clitics  me Hana 2007 Chapter 4
Mar 14 Montague Semantics   Janssen (2006): Montague Semantics. (ELL2)
Mar 21 Ellipsis   Merchant (2012): Ellipsis
Mar 28 Information Structure: Vallduví & Roberts  

 Vallduvi & Engdal (discuss the basic setup and then select one or two languages; do not dive into the 'terminological minefield' paragraphs explaining that Vallduvi's 'focus' has 15 different names in other theories and that 'focus' means 17 different things.)

Roberts 1996: Information Structure: Towards an integrated formal theory of pragmatics

Apr 7      
Apr 14 Valency    Dowty: The Dual Analysis of Adjuncts/Complements in Categorial Grammar
Apr 21 HPSG    Levine & Meurers (2006)
Apr 28  Historical Linguistics    Hock (1991): Principles of Historical Linguistics, Ch.12 Semantic Change.
May 2 Psycholinguistics: Processin


 van Gompel & Pickering 2007 (sken) (textual pdf) (old slides)
May 9  Psycholinguistics: L1 Acq   Lieven (2006): Language Development (ELL2) + Stoel-Gammon (2006): Infancy: Phonological Development (ELL2)
May 16 Psycholinguistics: Bilingualism   Bilingualism and cognitive development (Bialystok 2012)
Psychoterapy and bilingualism (Santiago-Rivera and Altarriba 2002)
Bilingualism and Alzheimer (Schweizer 2012)
May 23