A course in functional morphology focusing on the grammatical categories of the parts of speech.


The Winter Semester of the course in morphology concentrates on the grammatical categories of the noun and the verb. The English noun is described in terms of the categories of number, countability, definiteness, gender, and case. The presentation of the verb starts from the classification into auxiliaries, modals and full verbs. Modal verbs are treated from the viewpoint of deontic and epistemic modality. Full verbs are presented through the categories of person, number, tense, mood, and voice. In the Summer Semester the course in morphology concentrates on pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and the morphological aspects of prepositions and conjunctions. Pronouns are presented with respect to their form, functions and classification. Adjectives are treated from the morphological and the semantic points of view, and with respect to their relations to other word classes. A similar descriptive framework is applied to adverbs. The subject matter of the course is presented from a contrastive English-Czech point of view.


  • Mluvnice současné angličtiny na pozadí češtiny, Part I, Morphology
  • R.Quirk, S.Greenbaum, A University Grammar of English, Chapters 2-6 or
  • R.Quirk, S.Greenbaum, A Student's Grammar of the English Language, Chapters 3-7 G.Leech, Meaning and the English Verb