Ústav českého jazyka

For foreign students

All courses taught at the department are open to visiting students enrolled in various exchange programs. Most of these courses are taught in Czech and pertain to various aspects of the Czech language and linguistics (sound, structure, history, corpus studies).

The following courses are regularly offered in English:


CJBB172 Introduction to Czech Syntax (BA level course in syntactic theory)

The lecture offers an introduction to theoretical syntax on the Czech language material. We will go through the basic terminology and ways of representing sentence structure in tree diagrams. I introduce the essential tools of analysis that the students can later use themselves to understand the structure of new examples. The lecture is mainly aimed at students attending the compulsory course CJA010 (but anyone interested in introduction to syntax is welcome). In the lecture, I introduce the basic tools and methods of syntactic analysis; the seminar will apply them to Czech data. The lecture is also suitable for all language and linguistics students, and those coming within the Erasmus+ exchange program.

CJBB177 Approaches to Morphosyntax (Advanced course on current research trends in morphosyntax)

The goal is to become familiar with the analytical tools used in two current theories of morphology. One theory we will look at is Distributed Morphology, the other is Nanosyntax. Both of them are syntactically oriented theories of morphology, and both are in their own way trying to explain the general rules of interaction between morphemes (ordering, allomorphy) as well as relations between form and meaning (agglutination, fusion, etc). In the course, we will focus on empirical data, and we will learn how to make best sense of such data using these theories.


CJBB166 Time and Space in Language (Intermediate level course)

The goal is to investigate the grammar of temporal and spatial expressions. The prominent means of encoding such meanings in Czech are prepositons. Hence, a lot of attention will be devoted to the grammar of prepositional phrases.

CJBB184 Language Typology (Intermediate level course)

The goal is to look at what variation we find in the languages of the world, and see what the limits of such variation are: language universals. At the end of the course, the students should gain some understanding of what is common in languages and what is rare, and what kind of languages we find on our planet. This helps in approaching concrete problems of translation, comparison etc.

PLIN019 Machine Translation (Introductory course for machine translation)

After passing the course, a student will a) be able to understand basic concepts and facts from machine translation, b) have knowledge of both historical and current trends in this area.

CJBB193 Nanosyntax (Advanced level course)

The course will be focused on some general issues surrounding modularity and other big picture questions in morphosyntax.

PLIN065 Tools for theories (Beginners to intermediate level course)

In this seminar we will aim to create computational tools that can be used by theoretical linguists during their research. To make things as concrete as possible, our goal will be to start making tools that are useful to the theoretical morphosyntax research done right now in the department, trying to facilitate that research or speed it up. Many such tools are needed, and it will take time to develop them. There is also almost no prior work on this in the field of "generative" linguistics. This is therefore a long-term project. This seminar will be the starting point to bring people together who are interested in contributing to the project and deciding on the first orientations to take. Everybody is welcome - if you lack either a linguistic background or a programming background, we will give you tutorials during the semester, and you will choose a subproject that is more appropriate to your interests and skills.


If you wish to study Czech as a second language, please consult the Department of Czech for Foreigners.


For prospective PhD students

Our department encourages comparative work on various languages (beyond Czech), and we welcome international students in the PhD program. The PhD group has weekly seminars in English, and we encourage students to write their PhD theses in English. Each term, the department invites leading international scholars for short-term visits as well as longer research stays. Among our most distinguished guests, we can name Gillian Ramchand, Jonathan Bobaljik, Marcel den Dikken, Susi Wurmbrand, Tarald Taraldsen and Tobias Scheer (a.o.), as well as Michal Starke, who taught a course on verbs in Spring 2017 and has now become a professor in the department.

If you are interested in applying for the PhD program, please contact Pavel Caha for more practical details (when and how to apply, what scholarships are available, etc.).

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