Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600013084

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, the students will have gained a good understanding of the idea of linguistic kinship, the origin of Indo-European languages, and of new tools of current linguistic theory for discovering the past of languages. In addition, the students will be able to evaluate and work with scientific approaches to the history/prehistory of languages. These will include the use of historical corpora (such as PROIEL corpus and others), reconstruction methods, historical explanations in modern linguistics.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course presents long-standing questions about the origin of languages, linguistic variation and diversity, and the comparison of linguistic diachronies (Newmeyer 2005, Ruhlen 1994). We will examine how Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Germanic are reconstructed, how language relationships are justified, how new forms of language arise and spread through a community. The course will also provide an opportunity to gain some practical experience of using (electronic) historical Indo-European corpora and analyzing data of historical grammar (Markus et al. 2012, Taavitsainen et al. 2014). Topics • Reconstruction o The principals and methods of genetic comparison o Comparative reconstruction o Classification and subgrouping (Indo-European, Germanic) o Internal reconstruction • Linguistic innovation, variation, and change o Μicro vs. macro parameters o Language acquisition and parametric variation • The use of historical corpora o Annotated and Parsed (electronic) historical Indo-European Corpora
Origin of languages, linguistic variation, comparative linguistics, Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic, reconstruction, language relationships, historical corpora
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
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
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.6
Interactive Teaching in Information Center150.6
Written assigments301.2
Student Assessment
Optional assignments and projects and final written exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Selective Bibliography Clackson, James. 2007. Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Fortson IV, Benjamin W. 2010 (2nd edition). Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell. Giannakis, Giorgos K. 2005. Οι Ινδοευρωπαίοι. Μέρος Α: Γλώσσα και πολιτισμός [The Indo-Europeans. Part I: Language and Culture]. Athens. Markus, Manfred, Yoko Iyeiri, Reinhard Heuberger & Emil Chamson (eds.). 2012. Middle and Modern English Corpus Linguistics. A Multi-dimensional Approach. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Newmeyer, F.J. 2005. Possible and Probable Languages: A Generative Perspective on Linguistic Typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ruhlen, M. 1994. On the Origin of Languages. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Taavitsainen, Irma, Merja Kytö, Claudia Claridge, Jeremy Smith (eds.). 2014. Developments in English. Expanding Electronic Evidence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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