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Online lecture on Czech language by Mgr. Michaela Lišková, Ph.D. - Thursday May 14, 2020 from 6:00 p.m.

The lecture will focus on contemporary changes in the Czech vocabulary (covering also new expressions that responded to the floods of the 21st century or climate activism in addition to the above), it will include a neological quiz and a final discussion.


You are cordially invited to watch an online lecture on Czech language by Mgr. Michaela Lišková, Ph.D. from the Department of Contemporary Lexicology and Lexicography of the Czech Language Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

entitled Karoškakoronápadrouškomat or 

Flexible Stability in the Czech Vocabulary.

The lecture will be broadcast in the Czech language via the Zoom platform on Thursday May 14, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. Czech time.


In the current pandemic situation, a sharp increase in the so-called coronawords, which are often expressive, inventive, humorous, nonce words, is particularly noticeable. Hundreds of them are already documented in the academic neological database Neomat (neologismy.cz) and in the open dictionary Čeština 2.0 (cestina20.cz) as well. They relate, among others, to the designation of the virus and the disease (koronáčkovídek), protective equipment (roušičkyrouškomat), work and school from home (covideokonferenceškola v pyžamu) or children conceived / born during the pandemic (koroňátkokoroniálové). A fundamental precondition for the incorporation of a newly formed word into the lexicon is the persistence of the phenomenon it names. The vast majority of current language innovations will probably soon only serve as a chronicle of the time.

Please register here to watch:  https://forms.gle/8dpk7cSWF2GzYf7BA