SIS code: 

NPFL106 Linguistics

This course is replaced by NLP141 Linguistics, starting with the 2024 summer semester.

2023 Summer

Instructor: Jirka Hana
e-mail: (start the email's subject with NPFL106)
Language: Czech or English (depends on mutual agreement)
Time & Place: Mon 9:00 - 10:30

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 discussion).

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. The order and selection of topics are open to discussion (e.g., if you are interested in topic X, we might agree to cover it by reader paper Y) 

Date Topic Presenter Reading
Feb 20 Unbounded dependencies  me  
Feb 27 Clitics  me  Hana 2007 Chapter 4
Mar 6 Historical Linguistics  Keenu  Hock (1991): Principles of Historical Linguistics, Ch.12 Semantic Change.
Mar 13 Ellipsis  Anxo Merchant (2012): Ellipsis
Mar 20  Ellipsis    
Mar 27  Montague Semantics  Miftahul

 Janssen (2006): Montague Semantics. (ELL2)

Apr 3  Information Structure: Vallduví & Roberts  Anxo

Vallduvi & Engdal (focus on sections 1-3 and 4.1. 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
(focus on sections 1.0, 1.2, 2.1,

Apr 10  NO CLASS  


Apr 17  Valency  Miftahul   Dowty: The Dual Analysis of Adjuncts/Complements in Categorial Grammar
Apr 24 Psycholinguistics: Processing  Josef   van Gompel & Pickering 2007 (sken) (textual pdf) (old slides)


May 8 NO CLASS    
May 15 Psycholinguistics: L1 Acq  Keenu Lieven (2006): Language Development (ELL2) + Stoel-Gammon (2006): Infancy: Phonological Development (ELL2)
May 22  Psycholinguistics: Bilingualism    Josef Bilingualism and cognitive development (Bialystok 2012)
Psychoterapy and bilingualism (Santiago-Rivera and Altarriba 2002)
Bilingualism and Alzheimer (Schweizer 2012)
  HPSG   Levine & Meurers (2006)