Czech language

Valid for the new accreditation since autumn semester 2019.

Graduate profile

Graduates are experts in the Czech language as a system and/or as a form of human behaviour. They are able to find positions in the academic sphere with the focus on studying or teaching Czech or in fields dealing with the language in general and with its applications (i.e. the graduates are able to work as university teachers, independent research workers or to work in the sphere of development). Depending on the topis of their dissertation, graduates are also able to fulfil various expert tasks for memorial institutions in which knowledge of history or present‑day state of language is required, especially with regard to sources and information databases (they may create information databases, work with manuscripts and old prints or to be curators of collections containing written sources/digital databases).

Admission procedure

Entrance exams for Ph.D. studies are held twice a year, i.e. to begin in the autumn semester or in the spring semester.

Applicants will provide their CV, a list of their published works and a project of their planned Ph.D. dissertation.

At the Department of Czech Language, it is possible to study the doctoral programme Czech Language, offering students a specialization in these three fields of study:

1) Synchronic linguistics (formal syntax, morphology and phonology, typology of languages) – guarantors: prof. PhDr. Petr Karlík, CSc., and Mgr. Pavel Caha, Ph.D.

2) Diachronic linguistics (syntactic, morphological and onomastic aspects of the development of Old Czech and Middle Czech, etymology, dialectology) – guarantor: doc. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D.

3) Corpus and computer linguistics (creating, tagging and using specialized language corpuses, the process of creating algorithms) – guarantor: doc. PhDr. Klára Osolsobě, Dr.

According to their specialization, students become members of one of the three study groups, organized by the particular guarantors, taking as members of the group mandatory doctoral seminars I-VIII (CJDY03-10).

Within the doctoral study programme Czech Language it is also possible to take two specialized study plans:

Czech language with the specialization

– Land languages,

– Experimental and applied linguistics

1. The specialization Land languages is organized on the basis of Latin-German-Czech character (carried out by the Department of Classical Studies, by the Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies, by the Department of Czech Literature and by the Department of Czech Language). It is aimed at students interested in Paleo-Bohemistics from the linguistic point of view, presenting Old Czech in the proper Latin-German-Czech context. The aim of this specialization is to provide students with the possibility to get a complex insight into medieval literature from the viewpoint of theoretical approaches to both literature and language.

Specialized courses from the plan Land languages include: two mandatory courses - Textual Criticism I (LMD_001), Textual Criticism II (LMD_002) and seven elective courses - Old Czech (CJDSM001), Czech Medieval Literature (CLDS_a33), Parallels of Early Modern Period (CLDS_a34), Medieval Latin (LMD_003), German Language in the Middle Ages (NJDS_001), Medieval Latin Literature (LMD_004), Medieval German Literature (NJDS_002). According to the topic of their dissertation, students are required to take at least four subjects relating to the specialization.

2. The specialization Experimental and applied linguistics is aimed at deepening the knowledge and skills in the sphere of using experimental methods and methods applying formal approaches to natural languages (organized by the main linguistically orientated departments: Department of Czech Language, Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages, Department of English and American Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies). It is aimed at students interested in linguistics focused on the observation of language data and on their processing using mathematic methods and on theoretical issues relating to the application of formal methods on the material from the sphere of natural languages.

Specialized courses from the plan Experimental and applied linguistics include: Corpus linguistics (CJDSL001), Critical data analysis I (CJDSL002), Experimental syntax and semantics II. (LgDEA10), Experimental syntax and semantics I. (LgDEA09), The Use of Modern Technologies in the Humanities (AJ32059), Analýza diskurzu (Discourse analysis; AJ32058), Research Ethics (PGDS00EV). According to the topic of their dissertation, students are required to take at least four subjects relating to the specialization.

 

What can we offer to Ph.D. students?

the background of a traditional institution

possibilities to participate in research projects of staff members

a wide network of contacts with universities abroad

financial bonuses above the level of a standard scholarship

 

What do we require of Ph.D. students?

Participation in specific research at the Department of Czech Language, i.e.:

– at least twice per the period of studies Ph.D. students (full-time mode) publish an article in which they present results of research relating to the topis of their dissertation (in the first year of their studies it may be just a review); the article must be published either in an academic linguistic journal (especially Linguistica Brunensia, Naše řeč, Slovo a slovesnost or Listy filologické, as far as Czech journals are concerned), or in a conference proceedings (see the courses Publication I – CJDY14 and Publication II – CJDY20);

– at least twice per the period of studies Ph.D. students (full-time mode) present results of research relating to the topis of their dissertation at a conference (see the courses Presentation I – CJDY13 and Presentation II – CJDY21);

– Ph.D. students every year participate in the Ph.D. Day at the Department of Czech Language, at least twice per the period of studies active participation is required (see the courses PhD Day I – CJDY11 and PhD Day II – CJDY12);

– Ph.D. students regularly attend Ph.D. seminars organized by guarantors of their study group.

Participation in teaching at the Department of Czech Language, which means that Ph.D. students are trained at teaching skills of a university teacher, as the ability to teach is a part of curriculum of a scholar. An elective course Teaching (CJDY24) is designed for this specific purpose.

Participation in activities of the Department of Czech Language, which means that Ph.D. students participate in events organized by the Department of Czech Language (lectures of guest experts from abroad, conferences, workshops) and take part in their organization.

 

Completing the studies

Requirements for completing the studies:

– to gain at least 240 credits

– to pass successfully the state exam (see PhD exam CJDY16)

The exam has the form of an academic disputation on linguistic issues with members of the examination board. A month before the exam at the latest the board assigns a set of topics to be discussed, getting the applicants acquainted with the topics. The exam takes place independently of defence of the dissertation, always during the exam period and students must pass it successfully by the end of the sixths term of studies.

– submitting the dissertation and the theses relating to it (see Doctoral dissertation – CJDY18 and Theses – CJDY17) and a successful defence of the dissertation

 

Board for doctoral studies (since September 2019)


Chair

doc. PhDr. Klára Osolsobě, Dr.

Internal members

Mgr. Pavel Caha, Ph.D.

 

doc. PhDr. Zdeňka Hladká, Dr.

 

doc. RNDr. Aleš Horák, Ph.D.

 

prof. PhDr. Petr Karlík, CSc.

 

doc. Mgr. Pavel Kosek, Ph.D.

 

prof. PhDr. Jana Pleskalová, CSc.

 

doc. Mgr. Markéta Ziková, Ph.D.

 

External members

PhDr. Martina Ireinová, Ph.D.
Czech Academy of Sciences

 

 

prof. Dr. phil. PhDr. Marek Nekula
University of Regensburg

 

 

doc. RNDr. Vladimír Petkevič, CSc.
Charles University, Prague

 

 

doc. Mgr. Bohumil Vykypěl, Ph.D.
Czech Academy of Sciences

 

 



 

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