Slavic Languages and Literatures | Prague School of Linguistics and Poetics
L599 | ALL | Volkova


Crosslisted in Slavic Dept., Dept of Comparative Literature, Linguistics,
Folklore, Theater, Semiotics, Cognitive Science.

The course deals with several important areas of contribution of the Prague
School toward 20th century history of thought: linguistics, literary theory
and semiotic approaches to other arts, such as visual art, drama, cinema, as
well as areas like translation theory, literary history and perception.

The linguistic part of the course will concern itself with the fundamentals
of phonology, structure of language, semantic approach to syntax, functional
sentence perspective, linguistic stylistics, theory of speech acts and
predominant theories of signs.

The general and literary part will deal with semiotic approach to art,
theory of systems, theory of literary and poetic language, aesthetic
function, norm and value, functional model of language and communication,
various aspects of theory of aesthetics, relationship between literature and
visual arts, folklore, film and last but not least, the course will include
the theory of drama, translation and response to verbal art.

Since so many concepts developed by this school have become a critical part
of modern linguistic and semiotic thinking and so many names (Jakobson,
Trubeckoj, Mukaovsk, Mathesius and many others) have become commonplace,
this course serves as a basic introduction into both modern linguistic and
literary analysis and semiotic theory.

Prerequisites: Interest in theory.

Requirements: Regular attendance and participation, timely completion of
written assignments (reports or exercises), paper