UCJNCOBP17 German lexicology

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Dr. phil. Veronika Kotůlková (lecturer)
doc. Dr. phil. Veronika Kotůlková (seminar tutor)
doc. PhDr. Gabriela Rykalová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Gabriela Rykalová, Ph.D.
Institute of Foreign Languages – Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Wed 9:45–10:30 M15-LUCJ
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
UCJNCOBP17/A: Wed 10:35–12:10 M15-LUCJ, V. Kotůlková
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The lecture deals with the word from the point of view of all lexicological disciplines and is conceived on the basis of the linguistic confrontation of Czech and German. Students get acquainted with the characteristics of German vocabulary and with German word-formation models. Attention is focused mainly on problematic issues of German lexicology, which are, for example, the issue of productivity and activity of word-forming models, the question of synonymy and the use of foreign words in the contemporary German language. The lecture also focuses on current issues of German word formation, which include the formation of increasingly common acronyms in German. This tendency is also evident in the area of ​​compounds, which, despite their frequency, are very often preceded by a shortening process. The interpretation is focused on the use of these words in written and spoken form of the current language. The seminar builds on the material discussed in the lecture and focuses on the practical analysis of the discussed phenomena in the form of prepared worksheets. In the exercise of lexical analysis, students get acquainted with relevant dictionaries and learn to work with dictionary entries.
Learning outcomes
The student demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of German vocabulary and German word-formation models.
  • 1. Definition of the term “lexicology” 2. Lexicological disciplines 3. Lexicography 4. Content page of the word 5. Lexical semantics 6. Meaning of relations I 7. Meaning of relations II 8. Word formation in German: composition 9. Word formation in German: derivation 10. Word formation in German: conversion 11. Word formation in German: abbreviations 12. Vocabulary breakdown: language varieties 13. Vocabulary dynamics: changing the meaning of words
    required literature
  • Schlaefer, M.: Lexikologie und Lexikographie. Eine Einführung am Beispiel deutscher Wörterbücher. Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2002.
    recommended literature
  • Römer, Chr. / Matzke, B.: Der deutsche Wortschatz. Tübingen: Narr, 2010.
  • Kühn, I. / Wiktorowicz, J. (Hrsg.): Lexikologie. Halle: Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 1991.
Teaching methods
lecture, seminar
Assessment methods
written test, attendance (75%)
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022.
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