Course detail


FEKT-HPRAAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject give students information on pragmatic categories of language, namely pragmatic meaning interpreted by extralinguistic means and the awarness of cooperative principle and illucitionary force appropriate use. Such knowledge will facilitate students sophisticated use of language under professional conditions.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will acquire basic information on linguistic pragmatics. They will learn about pragmatic categories i. e. pragmatic meaning, co-operative principle, politeness principle, illocutionary force. The role of professional knowledge and schemata in production and comprehension of specific texts on electrical engineering.


The extent of knowledge at secondary school level, and the knowledge of English at pre-intermediate level.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Widdowson, Henry: Linguistics, 2000, OUP
Thomas, J. (1995). Meaning in interaction: An introduction to pragmatics. Harlow: Longman (EN)
Urbanová, Ludmila: Stylistika anglického jazyka, 2008, Barrister and Principal (CS)
Leech, G. (1983). Principles of pragmatics. London: Longman. (EN)
Leech, G. (2014). The pragmatics of politeness. New York: OUP. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of a course unit as specified in Article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The students need to obtain 7 attendance points (not counted towards the final grade), the attendance points are awarded for a) active participation in class b) submitting elearning tasks (if class attendance is not possible)
written credit assignment: a reseach article summary, maximum 40 points, minimum 24 points

written test: maximum 60 points, minimum 30 points

The final grade is the sum total of the points awarded for the credit assignment and the test
A (100-90), B (89-80), C (79-70), D (69-60), E (59-50), F (49-0)

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Definitions of linguistic pragmatics. Reference and inference. Co-operative Principle and Politeness Principle. Methods of complying the principles. Speech acts. Producer´s strategies. Cultural schemata. Professional schemata. Pragmatic meaning. Application of pragmatic theories on specific discourse in electrical engineering. Practical analysis of electro-technical texts and determination of their pragmatic categories.


The aim of the course is to learn about the essential pragmatic categories i. e. pragmatic meaning, co-operative principle, politeness principle, illocutionary force and its modulation.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AJEI-H Bachelor's

    branch H-AEI , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course