SIS code: 

NPFL106 Linguistics

2022 Summer

Instructor: Jirka Hana
e-mail: (start the email's subject with NPFL106)
Language: Czech or English (depends on mutual agreement)
Time & Place: Tue 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 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. The order and selection of topics is 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 15 Unbounded dependencies  me  
Feb 22 Clitics  me  Hana 2007 Chapter 4
Mar 1 Historical Linguistics  Federica   Hock (1991): Principles of Historical Linguistics, Ch.12 Semantic Change.
Mar 8 Digglossia  Amrita  Mejdell (2018): Diglossia
Mar 15 Ellipsis  Kristýna Merchant (2012): Ellipsis
Mar 22 Information Structure: Vallduví & Roberts  Dominika

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

Mar 29 Valency   Daniela Dowty: The Dual Analysis of Adjuncts/Complements in Categorial Grammar
Apr 5 HPSG  Daragh

 Levine & Meurers (2006)

Apr 12 Psycholinguistics: Processing  Dominika  van Gompel & Pickering 2007 (sken) (textual pdf) (old slides)
Apr 19 Psycholinguistics: L1 Acq  Kristýna  Lieven (2006): Language Development (ELL2) + Stoel-Gammon (2006): Infancy: Phonological Development (ELL2)
Apr 26 Psycholinguistics: Bilingualism  Federica  Bilingualism and cognitive development (Bialystok 2012)
Psychoterapy and bilingualism (Santiago-Rivera and Altarriba 2002)
Bilingualism and Alzheimer (Schweizer 2012)
May 3  


May 10 Montague Semantics Daniela Janssen (2006): Montague Semantics. (ELL2)
May 17  NO CLASS    
May 24 Second-langauge acquisition   Daragh  Second-langauge acquisition  (in S6)