The Department of General Linguistics was established on 1st September 2011 under the authority of prof. PhDr. Jan Kořenský, DrSc. The mission of the department is scientific and research activity within the field of general linguistics, semiotics and linguistic theory with an interdisciplinary approach linked with the natural sciences. More specifically, it focuses on grammar theory and possibilities of text modelling, semiotic aspects of communication, the relationship between linguistics and the cognitive sciences, mathematical linguistics, the history of linguistics and discourse analyses in particular.
The studies of general linguistics aim both at theoretical questions in linguistics and at a practical application of the output when analysing texts. With respect to the detailed attention to language and communication in general, the studies are highly suitable as a continuing field of study for students of philology who wish to deepen their knowledge concerning the structure and functioning of a particular language. General linguistics can, due to its focus on issues of communication and on the pragmatic dimension of language, also be useful for graduates of bachelor’s degree programmes in other fields focused on the humanities. Natural science graduates might also find the degree of interest, for example, with a focus on mathematical linguistics and biosemiotics.