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Topic: Czech language (25 records)

Oldest Czech sentence

The first complete sentence written in the Czech language. It dates from the beginning of the 13th century and is written in the foundation document of the Litoměřic chapter. It is about property matters and illustrates the state of Medieval language and law.

Prague linguistic circle

Linguistic circle founded between the two world wars. Its international significance exceeded the field of linguistics and influenced many other disciplines, especially in the humanities. Its works in semiotics, language culture, aesthetics and philosophy have contributed to the development of functional linguistics and structuralism.

T–V distinction

The V form is a linguistic device expressing courtesy towards a single person using second person plural (vy), e.g. Jak se máte?. It is usually used when addressing a person in a hierarchically superior position. Appropriate greetings and forms of address are also associated with it.

Those were the days of games!... And blackberries!...

A quote from the French play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.

Topic and comment

A syntactic device typical of the Czech language that defines word order in a Czech sentence and emphasises the dominant part of the statement. Although unlike many other languages Czech does not have a fixed word order, it is not accidental by rather governed by fine stylistic nuances.

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