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Nov 19, 2020 12:00 PM

Lecture: Tys tam nebyls?

Lecture from the cycle Your Czech Network. This time on the topic of Inclined –s in spontaneous spoken Czech language.


Our lecturer Mgr. Lucie Benešová from Czech national Corpus will lead us through the phenomeon of Inclined –s in spontaneous spoken Czech language.

The lecture will be given online at the ZOOM platform on Thursday 19th of November, 12pm (EDT).

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The inclined –s in spoken Czech language can represent the form of an auxiliary verb to be in the forms of the 2nd person singular of the past tense and can be attached to various types of words, eg. přišels (instead of přišel jsi) or tys tam nebyla (instead of ty jsi tam nebyla). The use of inclination -s is typical especially for spontaneous dialogue, ie. for informal, unprepared, dialogical speeches. In the lecture I will introduce where, how often and under what conditions the inclined -s can appear in spoken Czech. With the help of authentic documents from spontaneous spoken conversations, I will show to which types of words (word classes, sentence elements) are Czech speakers able to "stick" –s inclination. You become convinced that it can occur whereever, even at places you wouldn‘t probably expect it.

Mgr. Lucie Benešová (*1983) studied at the Department of Czech language and literature and at the Department of East European Studies at Charles University in Prague. Since 2009 she has been working as a researcher at the Institute of the Czech National Corpus of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, where she currently studies her Ph.D. as well. She is the co-author of several corpora of spontaneous spoken Czech (ORAL2006, ORAL2008, ORAL2013). As a researcher, she is interested in spoken language and its corpus processing.


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Nov 19, 2020 12:00 PM


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