Michal Místecký

Michal Místecký
University of Ostrava · Department of Czech Language

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Currently working on feminisation of foreign surnames, new lexical richness software, and analyses of Czech poetry (see https://vers21stoleti.wordpress.com/).
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - present
University of Ostrava
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • I have worked on multiple stylometric projects (collocation analysis, keyword analysis, vocabulary richness, authorship attribution, euphony).
Education
July 2009 - May 2018
University of Ostrava
Field of study
  • English, French, Latin, Czech

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Publications (32)
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The paper deals with the long-standing stylometric problem of Czech fiction-the authorship of the novel Cikáni. Although the text has been usually attributed to K. H. Mácha, there is a widespread hypothesis that its final shape was substantially influenced by a friend of his, K. Sabina. To solve the problem, we have exposed the works by Mácha (Ciká...
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The book focuses on analyzing sonnets in various stylometric ways. The investigations encompass parts of speech, hrebs, Belza chains, adnominals, activity, and other frequency studies. The material comes from a multitude of languages, including Czech, English, French, Russian, German, and Hungarian.
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The paper focuses on the analysis of a sample of military language from the stylometric perspective. The corpus is the chronicle of the 8th Czech Armed Forces Guard Company, which operated at the Bagram Air Field base (BAF). We work on the assumptions that in the corpus, there will be (A) a prominent presence of military slang; (B) a high proportio...
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The book presents a stylometric overview of Marína, a famous poem written by Andrej Sládkovič. Its main goal is to treat various spheres of language and literature research (vocabulary richness, rhyme, parts of speech, syntax, style, etc.) from the perspective of quantitative linguistics. The goal of the monograph is to shed more light on the speci...
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The paper is aimed at personal names (anthroponyms) in newspaper reports on Rudolf Slán-ský's staged trial, which was held against the leaders of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia-mostly of the Jewish origin-who were "uncovered" as political enemies; the trial took place in an anti-Semitic atmosphere. The examined texts were published in the pe...
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The goal of the study is to analyse the outcomes of a questionnaire survey which concerns understandability of military language used on former Afghanistan missions. Two groups of respondents took part in the survey – 50 soldiers with experience from a foreign mission, 50 soldiers without such experience. The data have indicated that when it comes...
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The study investigates the possible identity of Vladimír Vašek (= Petr Bezruč), author of Silesian Songs and The Blue Underwing, and Pavel Hrzánský, who authored Poems: Opus no. 5, a book of verse bearing some similarities to the future development of Vašek’s poetic self. The research is carried out via a novel authorship attribution method based o...
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The paper focuses on the frequency and collocation analyses of Česko ("Czechia"), the short, geographical name of our country, in the opinion journalism section of the eight-version SYN corpus, which comprises texts from the period of 1990−2018. Within the scope of the research, the period was divided into several sections, which are delineated by...
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The aim of this article is to look at the written communications of pupils through the prism of quantitative linguistics. Attention will be paid to text activity. The Busemann Activity Index will be used to express the ratio of the number of verbs to the sum total of verbs and adjectives. The texts will be analyzed according to gender and to the ty...
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The goal of this chapter is to determine stylometric features and keywords of the selected texts produced by the candidates for the 2018 Czech presidential election, and to interpret whether these may have had any impact upon the final results. The stylometric indexes researched include MATTR (moving-average type-token ratio), ATL (average token le...
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The study will focus on the quantitative assessment of nine stories, considered important contributions in the supernatural and in the early and modern science - fiction prose. Besides the two treatments of the topic of imaginary Flatland – penned by E. A. Abbott and C. H. Hinton –, the corpus includes writings by H. G. Wells, A. Blackwood, M. Lein...
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The contribution focuses on the use and collocation analysis of basic notions linked to the field of onomastics, including those that are specialized (e.g., “proprium”, “anthroponym”, “toponym”, “chrematonym”, etc.) and the ones that are commonly used (e.g., “proper name/naming”). In the latter case, attention will be paid to whether these terms ar...
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The paper focuses on finding fixed collocations in Marína, the legendary love poem written by Slovak poet Andrej Sládkovič (1820 − 1872). These may uncover the semantic structure of the text and help solve several of its attractive discrepancies. The collocations are detected using the state-of-the-art statistical measures, and the results are inte...
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The goal of the article is to count and measure polysemy of rhyme words. The corpus of the research will include two poems by Andrej Sládkovič, a Slovak Romantic poet – Marína (primarily) and Morava (secondarily). The research is carried out on the basis of rank-frequency distributions, which are very well capturable by the expontential function. T...
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The goal of the paper is to make use of four quantitative indicators (MATTR, ATL, Q, and VD) to study vocabulary richness, lexis complexity, text activity, and syntactic complexity of Czech schoolchildrenʼs writing tasks. The corpus comprises 60 texts written by elementary-school and secondary-school pupils, distributed equally according to the gen...
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The paper focuses on the application of association measures in the sphere of newspaper texts. In the articles of Le Monde which deal with the migration crisis, the metrics of MI, Dice, and t-score have calculated the modifiers for the nodes “migration”, “migrant”, “Mediterranean [region]”, “French [both language, and adjective]”, and “dead / death...
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The paper focuses on analysing the use of adnominals in the selected fifteen sonnet authors of the 19th- and 20th-century Czech literature. The poets have been selected so as to represent the main literary schools of the period, the main criterion of their ranking being their dates of birth. The investigation treats both general trends (changing nu...
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The article will focus on H. Beam Piper’s classical story Omnilingual (1957). This Piper-esque writing has entered the records of the science fiction prose for the ‘Martian’ periodic table of elements, being synonymous with a scientific ‘Rosetta-like stone’ in the decipherment area. The work, while having a search potential in text analysis and sty...
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The goal of the article is to present two quantitative methods of assessing the degree of political colonization of municipal space by official urbanonymy. This is done in order to provide a tool which will enable the researchers to test hypotheses and measure the property with needed exactitude. To this end, four municipal units from the Moravian-...
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The study examines selected samples of Czech 1830s poetry production through the prism of a quantitative conception of euphony. Stemming from Jan Mukařovský’s reflections on the topic, it tries to strengthen the notion through the creation of exact figures with intersubjective validity. To this end, the count of this property devised by Gabriel Alt...
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In the article, ready-made data are used to find a simple model. The verbs are ordered in semantic classes, and for the ranked frequencies of tenses and verbal persons, some models are found. It is recommended to use as few parameters as possible. Here, the exponential and the Zipf-Alekseev functions are used, in one case the power function, too.
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In the present article, we show that the rank-order of the hexameter types used in the poetry productions in four languages (Greek, Latin, German, and Czech) abides by the exponential function. Up to now, more complex probability distributions have been used (cf. Best 2008, 2009), namely the negative hypergeometric and the Pólya ones, having one pa...
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The article focuses on analysing activity in the selected sonnets of the Czech and Russian nineteenth-century literatures (100 poems per each). Busemann Coefficient (Q) is counted for the samples, and the individual authors are tested on statistical significance by means of the nonparametric Mann–Whitney–Wilcoxon test. Another product of the resear...
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Belza chains, a special method for studying the association or semantic concentration of the lines of Czech sonnets written by the Czech poet Machar are analyzed. It is shown that the classical relations known from quantitative linguistics are valid.
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The present study investigates the possibility of applying Piotrowski Law, a general mathematical principle of historical change in language, on two types of binary sequences – the activity strings, which consist of adjectives and verbs, and adnominal strings, comprising attributes and genitives. The fit is tested on various samples (sonnets, long...
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The genre of sonnet has been a traditional must-write of all lyric poets since Renaissance; it has shaped itself into many a form, usually following the possibilities of individual national languages. Here, a sample of the Czech sonnet production – Letní sonety (1890–91) by Josef Svatopluk Machar, a poet of the 1890s generation – will be analysed....
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We apply multivariate statistical analysis to stylometric indicators, calculated for sonnets of a prominent Czech poet, J.S. Machar. The study makes it possible to quantify the importance of linguistic indicators and to partition the sonnets into stylistic groups. Moreover, it introduces the index of weighted occurrence, which is a way for a quanti...
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In the article, it will be shown that weighting of elements of Belza-chains is possible using a classification of relations of elements and the main words. Uninterrupted sequences of sentences/lines form a chain, which has a main word; the other elements are some lexical or grammatical references. By counting the number of different classes, one ob...
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This study is focused on the survey of a non-standardized (popular) toponymy of the fifth district of the municipal borough of Ostrava-Poruba, which was established, as a prototypical socialistic housing estate, from the 1940s to the 1980s. The green-field establishment of a self-sufficient city, the yard-based shaping of the construction, and the...
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The present paper deals with the Byzantine iconoclasm from the perspective of Marie-José Mondzain’s, a prominent representative of the current French philosophy of image; by means of her works Image, Icon and Economy. The Byzantine Sources of the Contemporary Imaginary ( Image, icône, économie. Les sources byzantines de l’imaginaire contemporain, 1...

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English has become the only international language because it is the language of science, AI, computers, and all other branches of knowledge, in addition to being the language of international trade and banking, and diplomacy. The project aims at exploring the impact of English on the competitive linguistic environments, as well as on all other languages.
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The purpose of this project is to work on different aspects of English language especially on the teaching and learning of the language. The project will focus on highlighting the importance of English language as well as research on improving the process of teaching and learning English in Pakistan.