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Linguistics Courses for Classical Studies

Semester 03

ΚΦΓ27: Structure of Modern Greek: Syntax

This course involves a systematic description of the syntax of Modern Greek. The main aim of the course is to present a comprehensive descriptive analysis of the core syntactic phenomena of Modern Greek by taking advantage of the recent developments in the linguistic analysis of Modern Greek, while remaining theoretical neutral. The following topics are examined: (a) definition of categories, constituency and phrase structure; (b) the morphosyntactic manifestation of the grammatical categories and their syntactic representation; (c) the types of verbs according to the theta roles they assign and their argument structure; (d) null-subjects; (e) word order and the functional sentence perspective; (f) the pronominal system; (g) embedded clauses: complement clauses, relative clauses, adjunct clauses, etc.  

  •  Tutor: Vassilis Spyropoulos

Semester 04

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

The course will examine the synchronic structure of Modern Greek based on the theoretical description and analysis at the linguistic levels of Phonology, Morphology and Semantics with emphasis on vocabulary. At the level of phonological description, the functional role of the phoneme is analyzed together with its distinctive features and the phonological processes that shape its realization in specific morpho-phonological environments. At the level of morphological analysis, emphasis is given in derivation and compounding as necessary functions for the semantic enrichment of the lexicon. At the level of vocabulary, phenomena of internal and external borrowing are described, including translated loan words, reborrowing and neologisms. At the semantic level of the language, the meaning of words and wider linguistic units (phrases-sentences) is examined from a philosophical and from a linguistic point of view based on their semantic relationships and properties.

  • Tutor: Amalia Moser and George Markopoulos

Semester 07

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

Historical Phonology of Ancient Greek

The phonological structure of Ancient Greek: Phonemic system: vowels, consonants, glides. Suprasegmentals: accent.

Diachronic approach to the phonology of Ancient Greek: The prehistory of the phonological system (the phonological system of Indo-European) and its changes from Indo-European to Ancient Greek.

The pronunciation of Ancient Greek: “Erasmian”, Byzantine and Modern Greek pronunciation.

Writing systems and pronunciation in Ancient Greek.

Historical Morphology of Ancient Greek

Synchronic description and diachronic approach to the morphological system of Ancient Greek:

Basic concepts of morphological analysis (with special reference to the Indo-European language family).

Nominal, pronominal and verbal morphology and its evolution from the Indo-European protolanguage to Ancient Greek.

  • Tutor: Nikolaos Pantelidis

Semester 08

ΚΦΓ20: Sociolinguistics

This course is an introduction to the study of the bidirectional relationship between language and society. It focuses on the ways various social factors have an effect on language use as well as on the ways language use brings about social change.

The following topics are examined: (a) geographical and social variation, (b) diglossia, (c) language contact, (d) language change, (e) sociolinguistic inequality, (d) language and gender, (e) language sexism.

  • Tutor: Spyridoula Bella