Language Typology

Course Information
TitleΤυπολογία Γλωσσών / Language Typology
CodeΓλ 549
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004019


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
GlōssologíaElective CoursesWinter/Spring-7.5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
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
- to be familiar with basic concepts and central issues in linguistic typology - to be aware of the debate between functional and formal/generative typology - to conduct a short-scale typological study or to evaluate different typological approaches on same phenomenon
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Approximately 7000 languages are spoken at present. Despite the obvious diversity that derives from this large number, languages share numerous common features and differ in principled ways. Typology refers to the linguistic field that seeks to understand what a possible language is, which structures are common, rare or even unattested and why. In this course we tackle the above issues and examine typological findings across various sub-fields, such as phonology, morphology and syntax. Methodological and theoretical issues are also addressed, including language-sample-construction, typological databases, typological schools of thought, language families and universals. For their evaluation, students will be asked to conduct a short-scale typological study of their own or discuss theoretical debates that are raised by the functionalist vs. the formalist schools of thought
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Written assigments128.24.7
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Booij, G. 2005. The Grammar of Words. Oxford: OUP. Good, J. (ed.). 2008. Linguistics Universals and Language Change. Oxford: OUP. Haspelmath, M., M. Dryer, D. Gil, and B. Comrie (eds.) 2005. The World Atlas of Language Structures. Oxford: OUP. Hayes, B. 1995. Metrical Stress Theory. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. Maddieson, I. 1984. Patterns of sounds. Cambridge: CUP. Moravcsik, E. 2013. Introducing Language Typology. Cambridge: CUP. Pereltsvaig, A. 2012. Languages of the World: An introduction. Cambridge: CUP. Velupillai, Viveka. 2012. An Introduction to Linguistic Typology. Amsterdam/New York: Benjamins. Yip, M. 2002. Tone. Cambridge: CUP.
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