SIS code: 
0/2 MC
PhDr. Šárka Zikánová, Ph.D. , Mgr. Anna Nedoluzhko, Ph.D.

Readings on Semantics and Pragmatics

The course opens according to the students' interest.


Anja Nedoluzhko, Šárka Zikánová

Course completion requirements:

Study recommended papers for each lecture.

Prepare one interesting question regarding the studied text for your colleagues and answer their questions before every lecture.

Prepare your own little terminology dictionary on new terms and notions that you consider to be importand to understand the unalysed topics.


Apresjan Ju.D. Lexical Semantics. 1992.

Austin J.L., 1962. How to do things with words. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1962.

Berlin B. & Kay P., 1969. Basic Color Terms: Their Universality and Evolution.

Bühler, Karl. Die Sprachtheorie. Die Darstellungsfunktion der Sprache. Theory of language : the representational function of language / Karl Bühler. Transl. by Donald Fraser Goodwin. In collab. with Achim Eschbach.

Cruse, D.A. Lexical semantics. Cambridge, 1986.

Gordon, W. T. Semantic: a bibliography. 1965 – 1978; 1978 – 1985

Greimas, A.-J. Sémantique structural. Recherche de métode. 1966

Grice G.P., 1989. Logic and Conversation. Syntax and Semantics, Vol. 3, Speech Acts, ed. by Peter Cole and Jerry L. Morgan. New York: Academic Press, pp. 41-58.

Fillmore C., 1971. Types of lexical information.

Fillmore C., 1982. Frame Semantics.

Frawley W. Linguistic semantics. 1992

Geeraerts, D. Theories of Lexical Semantics. Oxford 2010.

Hoffmann, T. R. Realms of meaning: an introduction to semantics. 1993.

Hurford, J. R., B. Heasley. Semantics: a course-book. 1983

Jackendoff R., 1993. Semantics and Cognition.

Jackendoff R., 1997. The architecture of the language faculty.

Jakobson R., "Closing Statement: Linguistics and Poetics," in Style in Language (ed. Thomas Sebeok), 1960.

Katz J.J., 1972. Semantic theory.

Katz, J.J. and J.A. Fodor 1963. The structure of a Semantic Theory, Language 39, 170-210

Kearns, Kate. Semantics. 2000.

Kempson, R. Presupposition and the delimitation of semantics. Cambridge studies in linguistics, 15. 1975.

Kronasser, H. Handbuch der Semasiologie: kurze Einführung in die Geschichte, Problematik und Terminologie der Bedeutungslehre. 1952

Lakoff G., Johnson M., 1980. Metaphors we live by.

Lakoff G., 1987. Women, Fire, and dangerous things.

Leech, G. N. Semantics. 1974

Levinson, S. C. (1983). Pragmatics.

Lyons J., Semantics. 2 vols. 1977

Lyons J., 1995. Linguistic Semantics.

McCawley J., 1981. Everything that Linguists Have Always Wanted to Know About Logic (but were Ashamed to Ask).

Morris, Charles W. Signs, Language and Behavior. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1946. Reprinted, New York: George Braziller, 1955. Reprinted in Charles Morris, Writings on the General Theory of Signs (The Hague: Mouton, 1971), pp. 73-397.

Palmer, F. R. Semantics. 1981

Portner, P and Partee, B. (eds.) Formal semantics. The essential reading. Oxford 2002.

Radden, G. & Kövecses, Z. 1999. Towards a Theory of Metonymy. In K.U. Panther and G. Radden (eds.), Metonymy in Language and Thought. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 17-59.

Rosch, E.H. (1973). "Natural categories". Cognitive Psychology 4 (3): 328–50.

Reinhart T., 2002. The Theta System.

Riemer, N. (2010). Introducing semantics. UK: Cambridge University Press.

Riemer, N. (ed.). (2015). The Routledge Handbook of Semantics, UK.

Saced, J. I. Semantics. 1997

Sapir E., 1921. Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech.

Sapir E. 1983. Selected Writings of Edward Sapir in Language, Culture, and Personality.

Searle J., 1969. Speech acts.

Searle, John - Vanderveken, D. (1985). Foundations of Illocutionary Logic.

Talmy, Leonard. toward a cognitive semantics. Vol 1,2. 1993.

Thomas, J. Meaning in interaction. An introduction to pragmatics. Essex. 1995.

Ullmann S., 1951. The principles of Semantics.

Ullmann, S. The principles of semantics. A linguistic approach to meaning. 1959.

Whorf  B., 1956. Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf .

Wierzbicka A., 1996. Semantics: Primes and Universals.Wierzbicka A., 1999. Emotions Across Languages and Cultures: Diversity and universals