Jan Čermák

prof. PhDr. Jan Čermák, CSc.

Consulting hours
  • Út / Tue 11:00 – 12:00
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Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology
Místnost č. 105

Specialisation

Jan Čermákʼs research is focused on the history of English, with particular interests in Old and Early Middle English morphology and morphonology, word-formation and literary language, on Old and Middle English literature, with particular interests in heroic poetry, romance and the Alliterative Revival, and on the history of Finnish, with particular interests in The Kalevala. His books include Language Periphery: Monocollocable words in English, Italian, German and Czech (co-authored with František Čermák, Zora Obstová and Marie Vachková; John Benjamins, 2016) and Elias Lönnrotʼs and Josef Holečekʼs Kalevala in a Modern Critical Perspective (Kalevala Eliase Lönnrota a Josefa Holečka v moderní kritické perspektivě; Prague: Academia, 2014). His translations from Old English into Czech include BeowulfThe ExodusThe Dream of the Rood, The Rune Poem and a selection of the Anglo-Saxon laws.

Selected Publications

  • Čermák, Jan (ed., transl., commentary): Béowulf. 2nd revised and expanded edition. Prague: Jitro (forthcoming).
  • Tichý, Ondřej – Čermák, Jan: “„Consonant cluster reduction and change of language type: structural observations on phonotactic modification from Old to Middle English“. In: Artur Kijak, Andrzej M. Łęcki, and Jerzy Nykiel, eds. Current Developments in English Historical Linguistics. Studies in Honour of Rafał Molencki. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Katowice, pp. 307–326, ISBN 978-83-226-3310-6 (print), 978-83-226-3311-3 (electronic).
  • Čermák, František – Čermák, Jan – Obstová, Zora – Vachková, Marie: Language Periphery Monocollocable words in English, Italian, German and Czech. Studies in Corpus Linguistics 74. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016, ISBN: 9789027267627, 108 pp.
  • Čermák, Jan: Kalevala Eliase Lönnrota a Josefa Holečka v moderní kritické perspective perspektivě Elias Lönnrotʼs and Josef Holečekʼs Kalevala in a Modern Critical Perspective´]. Prague: Academia, 2014, ISBN: 978-80-200-2291-2, 1116 pp.
  • TICHÝ, Ondřej – Čermák, Jan: “Measuring typological syntheticity of English diachronically with the use of corpora.” In: Alcaraz Sintes, Alejandro – Valera, Salvador (eds.): Diachrony and Synchrony in English Corpus Linguistics. Peter Lang, 2014, ISBN: 978-3-0343-1326-1, pp. 141–160.
  • Čermák, Jan (ed.): Bohumil Trnka: Rozbor nynější spisovné angličtiny [´Bohumil Trnka: An Analysis of Present-Day Standard English´]. Prague: Karolinum, 2014, ISBN: 978-80-246-2434-1, 287 pp.
  • Čermák, Petr – Poeta, Claudio – Čermák, Jan: Pražský lingvistický kroužek v dokumentech [´The Prague Linguistic Circle in the Light of Documentary Evidence´]. Prague: Academia, 2012, ISBN: 978-80-200-2097-0, 784 pp.
  • Čermák, Jan: “Behēmas þā Hildlatan: Bēowulf and its First Translation into Czech“.In: Szarmach, Paul – Schulman, Jana (eds.): Beowulf at Kalamazoo: Essays on Translation and Performance. Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute Publications, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-58044-152-0, pp. 105–116.
  • Čermák, Jan: “Heaney’s Beowulf: Gleaning the Unsaid off the Palpable“. In: Szarmach, Paul – Schulman, Jana (eds.): Beowulf at Kalamazoo: Essays on Translation and Performance. Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute Publications, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-58044-152-0, pp. 301–304.
  • Čermák, Jan: “Vilém Mathesius as a Literary Scholar: the Evidence of his Early Medieval Project“. In: Vykypěl, Bohumil (ed.): Vilém Mathesius: Contributions to his life and work. Travaux linguistiques de Brno 8. München, Lincom Europa, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-86288-300-4, pp. 37-47.
  • Čermák, Jan: “The Case of Old English N-stem Masculine Derivatives: A typological contribution to categorization in English word-formation“. In: Malá, Markéta – Šaldová, Pavlína (eds.): …for thy speech bewrayeth thee. A Festschrift for Libuše Dušková. Prague, Charles University in Prague, 2010, ISBN: 978-80-7308-299-4, pp. 73–92.
  • KLÉGR, Aleš – Čermák, Jan: Neologisms of the “On-the-Pattern-of” Type: Analogy as a word-formation process?In: Procházka, Martin – Malá, Markéta – Šaldová, Pavlína (eds.): The Prague School and Theories of Structure, Interfacing Science, Literature, and the Humanities. Goettingen, V&R Unipress, 2010, ISBN: 978-3-89971-704-4, pp. 229-241.
  • Čermák, Jan: “Ælfric’s homilies and incipient typological change in the 12th century English word-formation“. Acta Universitatis Carolinae – Philologica, 2010, No. 25, ISSN: 0567-8269, pp. 109-115.
  • Čermák, Jan (ed.): Jako když dvoranou proletí pták. Antologie nejstarší anglické poezie a prózy (700–1100) [Like a Bird´s Flight Through the Banquet-Hall. An Anthology of Early English Poetry and Prose, A.D. 700-1100]. Prague: Triáda, 2009, ISBN:978-80-87256-11-4, 679 pp.
  • Čermák, Jan: “Vrabci nad orly: Anglosasové a jejich literatura“ [´Sparrows Above Eagles: the Anglo-Saxons and Their Literature´]. In: Čermák, Jan (ed.): Jako když dvoranou proletí pták. Antologie nejstarší anglické poezie a prózy (700-1100) [Like a Bird´s Flight Through the Banquet-Hall. An Anthology of Early English Poetry and Prose, A.D. 700-1100]Prague: Triáda, 2009, ISBN:978-80-87256-11-4, 17-43.
  • Čermák, Jan: „Runous ei hylkää menneisyyttä. Kalevalan ja Beowulfin rakenteista“. In: Seppo Knuuttila a Ulla Piela, (eds.): Menneisyys on toista maata. Suomen Kirjallisuuden Seuran Vuosikirja 86, Suomen Kirjallisuuden Seura, Helsinki, 2007, pp. 221–233.

Special awards

  • 2017  Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland (awarded in recognition of his outstanding work to raise awareness of Finnish culture in the Czech Republic) (http://finland.cz/public/default.aspx?contentid=369850&culture=en-US)
  • 2015   Eepospalkinto (‘Epos Prize’, awarded by the Kalevala Society (Kalevalaseura) of Helsinki for the monograph Kalevala Eliase Lönnrota a Josefa Holečka v moderní kritické perspektivě Elias Lönnrotʼs and Josef Holečekʼs Kalevala in a Modern Critical Perspective´] (Prague 2014)(http://kalevalaseura.fi/kalevalaseurasta/palkinnot/eepospalkinto/jan-cermak/)
  • 2015  Prize of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport for Outstanding Results in Scientific Research, Experimental Growth and Innovation
  • 2003  Josef Jungmann Prize – Beowulf (Prague 2003)

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