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Linguistics Courses for Modern Greek Studies

Semester 03

MΦΓ27: 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

MΦΓ28: Structure of Modern Greek: Morphology, Phonology, Semantics, 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.

Tutors: Amalia Moser and George Markopoulos

Semester 07

ΜΦΓ17: Text Linguistics-Discourse Analysis

The course introduces students to the field of Text Linguistics. Text /discourse is approached from text-linguistic and functional analysis. In particular, the constitutive criteria of textuality, the relation of text and context, the mechanisms of cohesion and coherence, the difference between oral-narrative/ and written-non-narrative speech relations, the orality-literacy continuum and principles of teaching texts in education are key-topics of the course. Special attention will be devoted to familiarize students with the text-structure and its lexico-grammatical features in different communication environments (eg conversation, narrative, media, advertisements, etc.). The focus is on the ways lexical expressions and grammatical patterns function within different texts to express their different intentionality.

  • Tutor: Stamatia Koutsoulelou

Semester 08

ΜΦΓ20: 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