The course Lexicology I introduces students to the basics of Lexicology.
First it defines the essential terms, such as word, morpheme, lexeme,
etc., and then outlines relations with other linguistic disciplines
(phonology, morphology, syntax, etc.) - this understanding is important
for further studies of the topics of lexicology. Then a lot of attention
is paid to the first key area of Lexicology - word formation. The major
word-formation processes (derivation, compounding, conversion) are
discussed in more detail, followed by the minor processes (abbreviation,
blending, coinage, etc.) The next topic is a brief introduction to
Phraseology and its most important principles, which are important in
the context of language acquisition and English language teaching in
general. The course concludes with a basic overview of the processes of
lexicalization and institutionalization.
- Course creator: Jaroslav Emmer