Course Information
Title in GermanKontrastive Linguistik
SchoolGerman Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600003385

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

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Linguistics-TeachingElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter/Spring-9

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
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 syntactic hypotheses and to relate language data to syntactic theory. They will develop the ability to engage, as independent researchers, in the research developments of contrastive syntax and semantics analyses.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • 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)
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main topics of contrastive linguistics with a view to the analysis of German and Greek and other (germanic) languages. The course focuses on contrastive analysis including some issues of syntax and semantics, such as nominal (case, number, gendre) and verbal categories (person, tense/aspect, verb alternations), argument structure, syntactic variation.
Contrastive Linguistics, Syntax, Semantics, Νominal and verbal categories, Argument Structure, Syntactic Variation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • 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. Οral exam.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
Αlexiadou, A., L. Haegeman and M. Stavrou. 2007. Noun phrase in the generative perspective. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Comrie, B. 2001. Different views of language typology. In Haspelmath M. et al. (eds.) Language typology and language universals: an international handbook. Berlin & New York: de Gruyter; 25-39. Corbett, G. G. 1991. Gender. Cambridge: CUP. Corbett, G. G. 2000. Number. Cambridge: CUP. Croft, W. 1990. Typology and universals. Cambridge: CUP Dryer, Matthew S. & M. Haspelmath (eds.) 2013. The World Atlas of Language Structures Online. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary. Anthropology. (Available online at, Accessed on 2016-09-11.) Eisenberg, Peter. 2004. Grundriß der deutschen Grammatik (2. Aufl). Stuttgart, Weimar: Metzler. Haspelmath, M. et al. (eds). 2005. The World Atlas of Language Structure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Online Version] Greenberg, Joseph H. 1963, Some Universals of Grammar with Particular Reference to the Order of Meaningful Elements. In: Joseph H. Greenberg (ed.). Universals of Language. London: MIT Press, 73-75. Grewendorf, G. 1989, Ergativity in German. Dordrecht: Foris Publications. Grimshaw, J.B. 1991. Argument structure. Cambridge (Mass.) etc.: MIT Press. König, 1996. Kontrastive Grammatik und Typologie. Kontrastive Linguistik und Typologie. In: Lang E. & G. Zifonun. Deutsch – typologisch. Berlin: de Gruyter. Krumm H.-J. & Ch. Fandrych & Br. Hufeisen & Cl. Riemer. 2010. Handbuch Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache (Neubearbeitung). B. 1. Berlin: de Gruyter. Lyons, J. 1971. Einführung in die moderne Linguistik. München: Beck. Sioupi, Athina 2002. On the syntax and semantics of verb-complement constructions that involve “creation”. A comparative study in Greek and German. In Ιssues in formal German(ic) Typology. Linguistik Aktuell Vol. 45. W. Abraham & J-W. Zwart (eds.). J. Benjamins. Amsterdam. 263-284. Sioupi, Athina 2014: Aspektdistinktionen im Vergleich. Deutsch/Englisch – Griechisch. Tübingen: Narr. Verhoeven, Elisabeth 2016: Typologische Variation. Materialsammlung HU Berlin. Wunderlich, D. 1993. Diathesen. Jacobs, Joachim et al. (eds.), Syntax. Berlin & New York: W. de Gruyter (HSK, 9.1); 730-747.
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