SIS code: 

NPFL106 Linguistics

2020 Summer

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

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 20 Unbounded dependencies  me  
Feb 27 NO CLASS    
Mar 5 Clitics  me Hana 2007 Chapter 4
Mar 12      
Mar 19      
Mar 26 Montague Semantics  me Janssen (2006): Montague Semantics. (ELL2)
Apr 2 Ellipsis  Berta Merchant (2012): Ellipsis
Apr 9 Information Structure: Vallduví & Roberts  Berta

 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 16 Valency    Dowty: The Dual Analysis of Adjuncts/Complements in Categorial Grammar
Apr 23 HPSG    Levine & Meurers (2006)
Apr 30  Historical Linguistics  Michal  Hock (1991): Principles of Historical Linguistics, Ch.12 Semantic Change.
May 7 Psycholinguistics: Processin


 van Gompel & Pickering 2007 (sken) (textual pdf) (old slides)
May 14  Psycholinguistics: L1 Acq  Michal Lieven (2006): Language Development (ELL2) + Stoel-Gammon (2006): Infancy: Phonological Development (ELL2)
May 21 Psycholinguistics: Bilingualism   Bilingualism and cognitive development (Bialystok 2012)
Psychoterapy and bilingualism (Santiago-Rivera and Altarriba 2002)
Bilingualism and Alzheimer (Schweizer 2012)