Course Information
Title in GermanAusgewählte Themen der Semantik
SchoolGerman Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600003386

Programme of Study: Language and Culture in the German-speaking Area (2012-today)

Registered students: 6
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Linguistics-TeachingMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-9

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students should be in a position to argue for or against particular analyses, to evaluate semantic hypotheses and to relate language data to semantic theory. They will develop the ability to engage, as independent researchers, in the research developments of contemporary theoretical semantics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main topics of lexical semantis; the course focuses on issues such as the typology of lexical semantic maps, space, tense, aspect.
Topics in Semantics, typology of lexical semantic maps, space, tense, aspect
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment471.9
Written assigments1004
Student Assessment
Students are expected to do the assigned readings and to participate fully in the seminar, to write a research paper and present their work. The topic should be selected in consultation with the instructor.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
François, A. (2008). Semantic Maps and the Typology of Colexification: Intertwining Polysemous Networks across Languages. In: M. Vanhove (Ed.), From Polysemy to Semantic Change. Towards a Typology of Lexical Semantic Associations (pp. 163–215). Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Haspelmath, M. (2003). The geometry of grammatical meaning: Semantic maps and cross-linguistic comparison. In: M. Tomasello (Ed.), The new psychology of language, Vol. 2 (pp. 211–242). Mahwah/ New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Svorou, S. (1994). The Grammar of Space. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
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