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Linguistics Courses for Classical Studies

Semester 03

ΚΦΓ27: Structure of Modern Greek: Syntax

The class investigates the syntax of Greek on the basis of findings from current linguistic research. This investigation, although using the methodological tools of linguistics, does not involve a framework of a specific linguistic theory but rather aims at description. The goal of the class is familiarization with the system of the syntax of Greek. Topics examined include componentiality and the definition of categories, the morphosyntactic realization of nominal and verbal grammatical features and issues of sentential syntax, such as null subjects, dependent clauses, weak pronouns and word order.

  •  Tutor: Vassilis Spyropoulos

Semester 04

ΚΦΓ28: Structure of Modern Greek: Morphology, Phonology, Semantics, Vocabulary

The class is offered to students of Classics and Modern Greek specializations with the aim of offering a basic introduction, mainly, to semantics and, second, to Morphology through the study of Modern Greek vocabulary. The vocabulary has been chosen for two reasons: a) because through it all levels of linguistic analysis can be studies, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantic and pragmatics, b) because vocabulary development is a basic goal of teaching a mother tongue in school and c) because the acquisition of vocabulary is a basic goal of teaching a foreign language. The emphasis of the class is on semantics, but with a focus on productive morphology.

  • Tutor: Amalia Moser and George Markopoulos

Semester 07

ΚΦΓ08: Historical Grammar of Ancient Greek (Phonetics-Phonology)

The object of the class is a) the analysis of the phonological structure of Ancient Greek and changes in the phonological system of Ancient Greek. In particular, the following topics are examined: vowels, diphthongs and consonants of Ancient Greek, diachronic approach: pre-history of the phonological system of Ancient Greek (ablaut etc.), phonological rules and changes in the phonological system of Ancient Greek, ancient Greek accent, Erasmian and Byzantine-Modern Greek pronunciation, the written representation of Modern Greek, and b) the synchronic and diachronic examination of the morphological system of Ancient Greek. In particular, the following topics are examined: basic principles of morphological analysis, nominal and verbal categories of Ancient Greek, the pre-history of the morphological system of Ancient Greek and its development up to the Classical era.

  • Tutor: Nikolaos Pantelidis

Semester 08

ΚΦΓ20: Sociolinguistics

The class discusses the basic principles, issues and research that concern the relation of language to society.

  • Tutor: Spyridoula Bella