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Čermák František

Prof., PhDr., DrSc.
Born January 30, 1940 in Prague

  • Linguist, specialist in linguistics
  • Member of Learned Society since 2000

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1957-1962, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University (FP, CU), Czech, English and Dutch languages;
  • 1976, PhDr., in linguistics and phonetics;
  • 1990, CSc., in Czech Language (PhD); 1990, DrSc. in Czech Language (DSc);
  • 1991, Associate Professor in general linguistics;
  • 1994, Professor of Czech language
  • As specialist in linguistics, specializes in: lexicology, lexicography, phraseology and idiomatics, semantics, morphology, language theory, language methodology, corpus and general linguistics
  • Languages studied: include: Czech, Germanic languages (especially English, Dutch and Scandinavian), Finnish, Slavonic languages, and others

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1962-1991, Lecturer, Czech language, teaching foreigners, FP, CU;
  • 1991-1993, Head, Lexicography Department, Czech Language Institute, AS CR;
  • 1994, Director, Institute of the Czech National Corpus since its founding.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • Prague Linguistic Circle
  • Committee Member, Vilém Mathesius1 Foundation
  • International Linguistic Association

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Member, Societas Linguistica Europea
  • Committee Member, European Association of Lexicographers
  • Member, Advisory Board, European Society for Phraseology
  • Vice President, Technology Enhanced Learning in Research Led Institutions
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
  • Consulting Editor, Language Design and Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics

Notable awards:

  • 1989, Annual Prize, Odeon Publishing House (translation of F. de Saussure)
  • 1992, Annual Prize, AS CR (for Dictionary of Czech Phraseology and Idiomatics)
  • 1996, Annual Prize, Union of Interpreters and Translators (for Dictionary of Czech Phraseology and Idiomatics)
  • 1997, Honourable Mention, Union of Interpreters and Translators (for Dutch-Czech Dictionary (Second Edition)
  • 2003, Award in Science, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
  • 2004, Award for scientific achievements, Minister of Education

Selected publications:

  • Six monographs (some with co-authors), eight dictionaries (with co-authors), over 70 original studies, two translations, 15 other work (especially textbooks), numerous articles.
  • F. Čermák, Typology of the Germanic Languages with Special Reference to Dutch. Folia Linguistica XII: 1/2, 1978, pages 65-106
  • F. Čermák, H. Lindroos, Stručná mluvnice finštiny (Brief Grammar of Finnish). Prague 1982
  • F. Čermák, J. Machač, J. Holub. J. Hronek et al., Slovník české frazeologie a idiomatiky. (Dictionary of Czech Phraseology and Idiomatics.) Přirovnání (Comparisons) 1982, Výrazy neslovesné (Non-Verb Phrases) 1988, Výrazy slovesné (Verb Phrases) 1994. Prague
  • J. Filipec, F. Čermák, Česká lexikologie (Czech Lexicology). Prague 1985
  • F. Čermák, On the Substance of Idioms. Folia Linguistica XXII/3-4, 1988, pp. 413-438.
  • F. Čermák, Základy lingvistické metodologie. Nástin hlavních principů na pozadí obecné teorie vědy. Prague 1993 (English edition: Research Methods in Linguistics, Prague 2001)
  • F. Čermák, Jazyk a jazykověda. Přehled a slovníky (Language and Linguistics. Survey and Dictionaries). Second Edition, Prague 1997. Third Edition, Prague 2001
  • F. Čermák, R. Blatná, eds., 1995, Manuál lexikografie (Manual of Lexicography). Prague 1995
  • F. Čermák, Prague School of Linguistics Today. Linguistica Pragensia 1, 1995, pages 1-15.
  • F. Čermák, Z. Hrnčířová, Nizozemsko-český slovník (Dutch-Czech Dictionary). Nederlands-Tsjechisch Woordenboek. 2nd Ed., Prague 1997
  • F. Čermák, Czech National Corpus: A Case in Many Contexts. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2 (2) 1997, pages 181-197
  • F. Čermák et al., Frekvenční slovník češtiny, NLN Prague. (Frequency Dictionary of Czech)

1 The Prague school of linguistic thought and analysis was established in Prague in the 1926 by Vilém Mathesius.

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.