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Semester 03

ΓΦΓ03: Phonetics -Phonology

 The course “Phonetics-Phonology of MG” is structured in four sections: The first section, “Contemporary Phonetics” is a general introduction to phonetics and phonology and refers to the background of the subject, the spoken and written language, the phonetic categories and structures of the language, in the range of phonetics, the applications of phonetics and a basic bibliography. The second section, “Phonetic Categories” describes the phonetic categories and distinctions with specific references to segmental and prosodic distinctions as well respective phonetic rules. The third section, “Phonetic Classification” is a further development of the second section and refers to the principles of phonetic classifications, the distinctive features and the phonetic parameters. The fourth section, “The Phonetic System of Greek”, is the main section of the course, according to which the principles of phonetic systems, phonetic rules, the correspondence of phonetic segments and orthographic letters as well as phonetic transcription is examined at length. Finally, an overview as well as relevant literature of the phonetic system of Greek is included.

The course “Phonetics-Phonology of MG” is combined with laboratory exercises as well as experimental training in the Laboratory of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics.

  • Tutor: Spyridoula Varlokosta

ΓΦΓ04: Morphology 

The class offers an introduction to morphology, the branch of linguistics that studies the internal structure and the formation processes of words. Special emphasis is given on the morphological structure of Modern Greek. Morphology, as a branch of linguistics, deals with morphemes, the elementary units of language that bear meaning. As a part of Lexicon and Grammar, Morphology examines the formation processes of words and lexical types, as well as the constraints present in each language in the connection of morphemes. The class will also describe morphological theory and typology with a focus on the Morphology of Modern Greek.

  • Tutor: George Markopoulos

Semester 04

ΓΦΓ05: Syntax I (with an emphasis on the structure of Modern Greek)

The class presents syntactic analysis from the perspective of Genetic Grammar. It concerns the way in which clauses and sentences of a natural language are structured and produced, as well as the methodology of analyzing syntactic phenomena. The basic model of description is Principles & Parameters Theory (Chomsky 1981, inter alia) as is formulated in the Government and Binding model (Chomsky 1981 etc., Chomsky & Lasnik 1993). It further analyzes the implications of applying the principles and findings of theory on syntactic data from Greek. Topic include: basic principles of syntactic analysis and Genetic Grammar, componentiality, X-bar theory, vocabulary and valency structure, structure and production of the sentence.

  • Tutor: Vassilis Spyropoulos

ΓΦΓ06: Semantics

Meaning in Linguistics and Philosophy. Meaning and reference. Lexical meaning: intension-extension, sense relations. Structuralism and meaning: valeur, semantic fields, semantic features. Componential analysis vs.prototype semantics. American structuralism, behaviourism and meaning. Generative Linguistics and Meaning. Utterance-sentence-proposition. Propositional content and truth conditions.

  • Tutor: Amalia Moser

ΓΦΓ07: Pragmatics

Pragmatics as a branch of linguistics studies the ways in which speakers use language in specific communicative situations in order to serve specific communicative goals. Topics to be examined include basic issues of pragmatics such as speech acts, inferences, deixis, linguistic politeness and the structure of conversation.

  • Tutor: Spyridoula Bella

Semester 05

ΓΦΓ08: 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

ΓΦΓ09: Psycholinguistics-Neurolinguistics

The aim of the class is the introduction to the interdisciplinary branches of psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. In particular, the class discusses the production and understanding of speech, the development of spoken language in children, the acquisition of linguistic capacities in animals, the learning of a second language and bilingualism phenomena, disorders in language communication, the relation between language and thought, as well as the brain foundations of language.

  • Tutor: Spyridoula Varlokosta

ΓΦΓ10: Introduction to Academic Writing

Students are taught and then trained on the following topics: features and genres of academic discourse, linguistic approaches to academic discourse, organization of a scientific book, reading and quoting literature and note-taking, design of scientific research (plan and notes), writing an abstract, paragraph structure, models of text organization (general-specific, problem-solution), structure and function of scientific definition, from paragraph to text: structure of scientific paper (introduction, conclusions), text editing (spelling, punctuation etc).

  • Tutor: Stamatia Koutsoulelou

Semester 06

ΓΦΓ11: Syntax II

The class focuses on the analysis of syntax from the perspective of Genetic Theory, as has been formulated in Principles & Parameters Theory (Chomsky 1981, inter alia). The basic model of description is the last version of the Government & Binding model (Chomsky & Lasnik 1993), as well as its contemporary developments in the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 1993, 1995 etc). It further analyzes the implications of applying the principles and findings of the theory to the syntactic data of Greek. Topics examined include: the architecture of grammar, functional categories and morphosyntax, formal features and their identification, case, movement and constraints, anaphoric binding and control.

  • Tutor: Vassilis Spyropoulos

ΓΦΓ12: Typology-Comparative Linguistics


ΓΦΓ13: Language Acquisition

The class presents some of the basic theoretical and methodological issues delat with in the discipline of the Acquisition of First Language (or Mother Tongue). It analyses the logical problem Πρόβλημα of acquisition, the role of human innate predisposition and the role of the context in acquiring a mother tongue and discusses the basic methodological approaches to collecting language material for the study of child language. Lastly, it presents the basic phases of child language development at each level of linguistic analysis (acquisition of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics) and the main theoretical approaches to the explanation of this development. 

  • Tutor: Spyridoula Varlokosta

ΓΦΓ14: Lexicology-Lexicography


ΓΦΓ15: Cognitive Linguistics

Cognitive Linguistics offers a new approach to the study of language, which it treats as an implication of general human cognitive capacities and not as a separate competence. Language reflects the conceptual system of human beings, whose creation is intimately related to human biological foundations. Basic points of this approach include an emphasis on meaning in the study of languages as used in communication (language use) and the assumption that abstract notions are formed on the basis of patterns that stem from experience through (conceptual) metaphor.

  • Tutor: Eleni Panaretou

ΓΦΓ16: Computational Linguistics

Introduction to natural language processing (NLP) through computers. The contribution of linguistic theory to NLP. The role of representing knowledge in language production and reception. Research methodology for the design of efficient and effective NLP systems. The notion of parsing. Levels of grammatical analysis. Formal Grammars. Syntactic and morphological analysis with an emphasis on Modern Greek. The processing of natural language through the computer and its applications on different levels of linguistic analysis. Emphasis will be given on the contribution of linguistic theory to the development of Computational linguistics. Grammatical models and formalisms that are used in the grammatical analysis of natural analysis of natural language with an emphasis on the morphology of Modern Greek.

  • Tutor: George Markopoulos

Semester 07

ΓΦΓ17: Text Linguistics-Discourse Analysis

The object of the class is the linguistic analysis of texts (spoken and written, literary and non-literary), as well as the broader dimension of discourse. Its aim is familiarization with the principles and methods of text analysis in different contexts (e.g. conversation, narrative, media texts, legal and political discourse, advertisements etc). Topic to be discussed include the principles of communication, the relation of text and context, text types (theory and typology), cohesion devices, the differences between written and spoken and narrative and non-narrative discourse, textuality principles, as well as several text signals and relations. Discourse analysis is related to social parameters and teaching applications.

  • Tutor: Dionysis Goutsos 

ΓΦΓ18: Second Language Learning and Teaching  

This module explores theories and research in Second Language (L2) Acquisition and relates to issues in Language theories, Learning approaches and Teaching methodologies.

Is second language acquisition like first language acquisition? What are some of the circumstances in which people learn a L2? Is there any teaching method that has proved to be more successful than others? Are there factors that enable some people to learn aspects of a second language better or faster than others? In addition, the Common European Framework of Reference for Learning, Teaching and Assessing a Second Language is presented, as far as various applications and tasks used in the teaching of Greek as L2.

  • Tutor: Maria Iakovou

ΓΦΓ19: Experimental Phonetics

The course “Experimental Phonetics” consists of five teaching sections and one experimental study: The first section is an overview of Greek and general phonetics and phonology. The next three sections include the study of speech production, speech acoustics and speech perception. The fifth section consists of laboratory exercises and phonetic training in combination with elementary statistics.

The experimental study may be an individual or group phonetic experiment, which includes phonetic analysis, data processing and authorship. The authorship of the experimental study should comply with established standards and consists of (1) abstract, (2) introduction, (3) experimental methodology, (4) conclusions and discussion as well as (5) key references.

The main requirements of this course is the experimental study, which is compulsory.

Semester 08

ΓΦΓ20: Sociolinguistics

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

  • Tutor: Maro Kakridi

ΓΦΓ21: BA Thesis

The basic goal of the final year project is familiarization with scientific writing in linguistics. Its aims include the creative engagement with a part of scientific materials and its understanding, as well as the foundation of scientific knowledge and the original synthesis of scientific opinions. The topic of the final year project may concern any of the branches of linguistics and depends of the tutors available for supervision and their specifications. 

ΓΦΓ22: Ancient Greek Dialectology


ΓΦΓ23: Stylistics

Stylistics is one of the disciplines of the study of texts that focuses on the study of style of both literary and non-literary texts. The linguistic approach to style differs from other approaches such as that of the Theory of Literature, with respect to the emphasis of stylistics to the study of style through the analysi of the text’s language. Style is not a subjective, evaluative and intuitively approachable notion but an objectively defined feature of texts, which emerges form the language of each text. The following topics will be defined: concept and definitions of style, types of style (literary, vernacular, scientific), different approaches to style, style as a choice, style as deviation, language and poetics: Jakobson’s view, formal and functional approaches to style, language levels and stylistic analysis, stylometry, cognitive stylistics.

  • Tutor: Eleni Panaretou

ΓΦΓ24: History of Linguistics


ΓΦΓ25: Philosophy of Language


ΓΦΓ26: Modern Greek Dialectology