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

Readings on Semantics and Pragmatics

  • Time and location: Wednesday 12:20–13:50, S7
  • The course's site in the Student Information System


Anja Nedoluzhko, Šárka Zikánová

Course schedule:

•Feb. 20  NO LECTURE
•Feb. 27. Anna Nedoluzhko: Introduction to semantics, choose of the literature 
•March 3: Semantics
•March 13 Semantics
•March 20 Semantics
•March 27 Pragmatics
•April 3  Pragmatics
•April 10 Pragmatics
•April 17  NO LECTURE (?)
•Aprill 24 Pragmatics
•May 24 SZ+AN: Conclusions, terminology dictionary analysis


 Course completion requirements:

  • Read the texts
  • Take part at seminars and discussions
  • 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

Online references

You can find some texts and questions to the literature discussed on Moodle: