Course: Lexicology

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Course title Lexicology
Course code KAJ/LEXNM
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Šimůnková Renata, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Madsen Richard, M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
Lecture 1: Intro, what are lexemes, denotation/connotation, register Seminar 1: Exercises on lexeme types & denotation/connotation Lecture 2: Making new lexemes Seminar 2: Exercises on lexeme production Lecture 3: Relations among lexemes (nyms) Seminar 3: Exercises on semantic relations Lecture 4: Structure of lexemes, components of lexemes Seminar 4: Exercises on lexeme structure. Credit test 1 Lecture 5: Combining lexemes syntactically (selection restrictions, collocations) Seminar 5: Exercises on selection restrictions & collocations Lecture 6: Expanding lexemes (metaphors, metonyms) Seminar 6: Exercises on metaphors & metonyms Lecture 7: Wrapping up. Knowing lexemes, lexicography. Credit test 2

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Seminár, E-learning, Students' self-study
Learning outcomes
The course is an introduction to lexical analysis. Vocabulary items are studied from various perspectives: their types, how new items can be created, what relations there are between items, how complex items are structured, how the meaning of existing items can change, etc. The lexical analysis is placed into the context of second language learning and teaching with special regard to speakers of Czech learning English.
After completing the subject the student has mastered the rudiments of English Lexicology.
The knowledge of the English Language at threshold C1 level, the skill of reading at Level C1.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined examination, Test

The course is finished with a credit and an exam. A credit will be awarded to students who have achieved an average of 70% in two online tests during the semester. The course-final online exam is graded from 4 to 1. The passing grade 3 requires 70% of the total number of points.
Recommended literature
  • Huddleston, R. et al. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Jackson, H. and E.Zé Amvela. Words, Meaning and Vocabulary. London: Bloomsbury, 2007.
  • Lipka, L. An Outline of English Lexicology.. Niemeyer, 1990.
  • Quirk, R. and S. Greenbaum. A Student´s Grammar of the English Language. Longman, 2010.

Study plans that include the course
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