Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280000650

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philology 2015

Registered students: 29
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Glōssologías Mandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
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
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
(a) Providing the students with a complete view of the linguistic situation in the Balkans. (b) Introducing the students to the basic characteristics and specificities of the Balkan languages as well as their interaction with the Greek language. (c) Presenting the students the importance and contribution of those characteristics in the formation of the Balkansprachbund as well as in the processes of linguistic “balkanization”. (d) Familiarizing the students with the structure of a language that belongs to a different linguistic family using as an example the Turkish language. (e) Sensitizing the students on the relation between language and politics as well as on the symbolic character of the language.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
Course Content (Syllabus)
GLO385: Balkan Languages The main object of interest for this course would be the brief presentation of the Balkan languages in their synchronic and diachronic dimension, emphasizing on those that are members of the Balkan Linguistic Area, known in the relevant bibliography as Balkansprachbund. From the antiquity until nowadays, the Balkans form an ever evolving linguistic mosaic whose older pieces retreat in order for newer ones to substitute them. During the course of history, the conquest of the peninsula by the Romans and the Byzantine empire, the descent of Slavs and the relocations of populations in general, the Ottoman occupation and the establishment of nation states during the 19th and the 20th centuries constituted the most important historic events that had a crucial effect on the formation of the contemporary linguistic map of the region. This map is characterized by a wide variety of languages (Greek, Albanian, Rumanian, Arumanian and other Romance dialects, South Slavic, Turkish, Romani), part of which have developed common phonological and mostly morphosyntactic characteristics, result from the long and intense language contact. In this framework, the study of the relations between Greek and other Balkan languages as well as the study of the role that the Greek language held in their shaping constitute one more aspect of our course. The comparative analysis of the standard languages of the Balkans and the issues related to the definition of their dialectical base assists in drawing interesting conclusions as far as the convergent and divergent trends of their formation process are concerned. Finally, the historical events following the disintegration of former Yugoslavia provide us with the opportunity to evaluate the relations between language and politics as well as the symbolic character of the language in general.
Balkan Languages, Balkan Linguistics, Language Contact, Balkanization and Debalkanization.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Written assigments562
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Uwe, Hinrichs (ed.), Handbuch der Südosteuropa-Linguistik, Wiesbaden, 1999. U. Weinreich, Languages in Contact, The Hague: Mouton 1953, 1968. H. Schaller, Die Balkansprachen - Eine Einfuehrung in die Balkanphilologie, Carl Winteruniversitaetsverlag, Heidelberg 1975. Tzitzilis, Chr., Symeonidis, Ch. (Herausg.) Balkanlinguistik. Synchronie und Diachronie. Thessaloniki 2000. S. Thomason, Language Contact, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2001. Assenova, P. 2002. Балканско езикознание. Veliko Ternovo : Faber. Sandfeld, Kr. 1930. Linguistique Balkanique (Problèmes et Résultats), Paris. Tzitzilis, Chr. 2001. “Methodische Bemerkungen zu den Lehnübertragungen in den Balkansprachen”, Linguistique Balkanique XLI/1. Ranko Bugarski, Η γλώσσα από την ειρήνη στον πόλεμο, μετάφραση-εισαγωγή Κ. Κανάκης, Εκδόσεις του Εικοστού Πρώτου, Αθήνα 2011. Rosetti, Alexandru, Istoria limbii române, 2 vols., Bucharest, 1965-1969. Comrie, Bernard and Corbett, Greville G. (1993) The Slavonic Languages, London and New York: Routledge. Стойков, С. (2002) Българска диалектология, 4-то издание. Lunt, H. (1952) Grammar of the Macedonian Literary Language Friedman, V. (2001) Macedonian (SEELRC). Geoffrey Lewis (2001). Turkish Grammar. Oxford University Press. Geoffrey Lewis (2002). The Turkish Language Reform: A Catastrophic Success. Oxford University Press. ADGjSh: Gjinari, J., Beci, B., Shkurtaj, Gj., Gosturani, Xh. Atlasi Dialektologjik i Gjuhës Shqipe. I-II, 2008. Akademia e Shkencave e Shqipërisë. Çabej, E. 1976-2006. Studime etimologjike në fushë të shqipes, I-IV, VI, VII, Tiranë, Akademia e Shkencave. Dukova, U. 1980. “Gemeinsame Termini in der Folklore der Balkanwölker”, Lingustique Balkanique XXIII/2, 5-12. МДАБЯ. Maлый Диалeктoлoгический Aтлас Бaлкaнских Языков. Сepия лeксическaя. (Ред. A. Сoбoлeв). “Nayкa” Caнкт-Пeтeрбуpг – Verlag Otto Sagner München. 2003 -. Meyer, G. 1891. Etymologisches Wörterbuch der albanesischen Sprache. Strassburg.
Last Update