Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600000725

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philology 2015

Registered students: 251
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course424

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
1. ΑΜΒΡΑΖΗΣ/ΠΑΠΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΟΥ(Α-ΜΑ)Georgios Papanastasiou, Nikolaos Amvrazis
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: (a) comprehend in some depth the basic grammatical structure of Modern Greek, (b) acquire a crucial view on grammars and grammatical descriptions of Modern Greek, (c) understand the evolution of Ancient Greek and how exactly it developed into Modern Greek, (d) familiarize themselves with the main typological differences between Ancient and Modern Greek, (e) acquaint themselves with the tools for teaching the grammatical structure of Ancient and Modern Greek.
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 teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of this course is the synchronic and diachronic description of Modern Greek. At the diachronic level, we examine the formation of Modern Greek at the phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical level. Some fundamental questions are the following: In which way did the phonological system of Ancient Greek developed into the one of Modern Greek? In which way did the declension and the conjugation of Ancient Greek evolve into the declension and the conjugation of Modern Greek? What changes have occurred at the syntactic level? How was the Modern Greek vocabulary formed? and so on. We also discuss the way the Modern Greek dialects have developed their basic characteristics. At the synchronic level we examine key aspects of the Greek grammatical system, such as the phonological system, with special focus on the coexistence of the 'non-demotic/logio' and the 'demotic' sub-system, the examination of nominal declensions and verbal conjugations with emphasis on verb aspect, the investigation of compound formation, etc. This synchronic and the diachronic view on grammar aims at assisting the students to understanding and applying the main tools and methods of teaching grammar to native speakers and learners of Greek.
Modern Greek, phonetics, morphology, syntax, Medieval Greek, Ancient Greek, language change, Greek diglossia, Modern Greek dialects, teaching Modern Greek
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Μ. Τριανταφυλλίδης κ.ά., Νεοελληνική γραμματική της δημοτικής, Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Θεσσαλονίκη 2008. D. Holton, P. Mackridge, Ει. Φιλιππάκη, Γραμματική της ελληνικής γλώσσας, Πατάκης, Αθήνα.
Additional bibliography for study
Browning R., Η ελληνική γλώσσα, μεσαιωνική και νέα [Μετάφραση Μαρία Κονομή από τη β΄ έκδοση του πρωτότυπου Medieval and Modern Greek, Cambridge 1983 (α΄ έκδοση Λονδίνο 1969)], Αθήνα 1991. Horrocks G., Ελληνικά: Ιστορία της γλώσσας και των ομιλητών της [Εισαγωγή – Μετάφραση Μ. Σταύρου & Μ. Τζεβελέκου από το πρωτότυπο Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers, London 1997], Αθήνα 2006. Τριανταφυλλίδης Μ., Νεοελληνική Γραμματική: Ιστορική Εισαγωγή, 3ος τόμος των Απάντων του Μανόλη Τριανταφυλλίδη, (1938), Ανατύπωση με διορθώσεις, Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Θεσσαλονίκη 1983.
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