Course: Philosophy of Natural Language

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Course title Philosophy of Natural Language
Course code KFI/FPJ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Schuster Radek, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
This topics will be focused: History of linguistics, views on language in Antiquity and in Middle Ages, philosophical views on language in 17th, 18th and 19th century, F. de Saussare and the origin of modern linguistics. Originate of analytic philosophy and turn of philosophy to the language. Conception of language in logical empirism. Philosophy of common language. Oxfords and Wittgensteins group. Pragmatic and behavioristic conceptions of language in analytic philosophy. Communicational aspect of language from view of analytic philosophy: theory of speaking akts, intencional semantics and conversational implicaturs. Phenomenological and existencial analyse of language. Deconstructivism.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Textual studies, Lecture, Seminar
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 18 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Students will be able to summarize and evaluate basic questions of philosophy of linguistics. They will be introduced into the historical progress of linguistics and into the philosophical views on it in particular historical periods. They will compare particular basic systems and thesis interested in this problems. They will examine basic works of important authors connected with philosophy of language.
teaching methods
Textual studies
assessment methods
Written exam
Recommended literature
  • Analytická filosofie : první čítanka : texty. 2. vyd. Plzeň : O.P.S., 2005. ISBN 80-239-7107-7.
  • Černý, Jiří. Dějiny lingvistiky. Olomouc : Votobia, 1996. ISBN 80-85885-96-4.
  • Derrida, Jacques. Texty k dekonstrukci : práce z let 1967-1972. [b.v.]. Bratislava : Archa, 1993. ISBN 80-7115-046-0.
  • Helbig, Gerhard. Vývoj jazykovědy po roce 1970. Praha : Nakladatelství Československé akademie věd, 1991.
  • Saussure, Ferdinand de; Bally, Charles,; Sechehaye, Albert; Riedlinger, Albert. Kurs obecné lingvistiky. 1. vyd. (v Academii). Praha : Academia, 1996. ISBN 80-200-0560-9.

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