Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600001172

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philology 2015

Registered students: 494
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course115

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
1. ΑΜΒΡΑΖΗΣ/ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ(ΜΕ-Ρ)Despoina Papadopoulou, Nikolaos Amvrazis
2. ΘΕΟΔΩΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ Μ.(Σ-Ω)Maria Theodoropoulou
3. ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ Δ.(Η-ΜΑ)Despoina Papadopoulou
4. ΦΩΤΙΑΔΟΥ(Α-Ζ)Georgia Fotiadou
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)
General Prerequisites
Αs a prerequisite to LING301, the students need to successfully complete a circle of a seminar course with the title: "IT for Philologists I' (1 ECTS). Only then, LING301 will be credited to them.
Learning Outcomes
Topics - the biological basis of human language vs. other animal communication systems - relations of language to cognition; - language acquisition - the relation of language and the brain; language disorders - language change and language variation (e.g., dialect variation); pidgin and creoles - the relationship between language and society - acquaintance with the rules that refer to the sound system (phonology), the structure of words (morphology), the combination of words into sentences (syntax), the ways in which sounds and meanings are related (semantics), and the lexicon (mental lexicon) At the end of this course students should be familiar with: - the subfields of linguistics and their division of labor - various scientific theories/approaches about language and their answers to seminal questions about its evolution and structure - the discovery that languages are more alike than different from each other The IT seminar aims at acquainting the students with the use of IT technologies and other facilities offered by AUTh during their studies.
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
  • 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 evolution of the human language is the main topic of this course. The focus is both on phylogeny and biological evolution as well as on the ontogenetic development of language. The basic questions addressed are the following: Is language located in the brain or is it learned by imitation? What cognitive, perceptual and motor capacities must individuals have to speak, hear, and understand a language? Is it an instrument of though or of communication? What distinguishes language from nonhuman communication systems? Is there a grammar gene? How does language work? How do children learn it? What do individuals know when they know a language? How does language evolve and how does the brain compute it? Can language be acquired by primates other than men? Is there a ‘critical period’ for language acquisition? And so on.
language universals, language and thought/ideology, language acquisition, language evolution/phylogeny
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • 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
Reading Assigment451.6
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)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Fromkin, V., R. Rodman, & N. Hyams. (2008). Εισαγωγή στη μελέτη της γλώσσας. (Μτφρ. Γ. Ξυδόπουλος, Φ. Παπαδοπούλου, Ε. Βάζου και Α. Τσαγγαλίδης). Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη. Lyons, J. 2001. ΕΙσαγωγή στη γλωσσολογία. (Μτφρ. Μ. Αραποπούλου, Α. Αρχάκης, Μ. Βραχιονίδoυ, Α. Καρά, Επ. επιμ. Γ. Καρανάσιος). Αθήνα: Πατάκης
Additional bibliography for study
Βελούδης, Γ. (2008). Γενική Γλωσσολογία Ι. Γενικά χαρακτηριστικά της γλώσσας. Θεσσαλονίκη: Υπηρεσία Δημοσιευμάτων, Α.Π.Θ. (σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή: Lyons, J. (2002). Εισαγωγή στη θεωρητική γλωσσολογία [μτφ: Α. Αναστασιάδη-Συμεωνίδη, Ζ. Γαβριηλίδη, Α. Ευθυμίου]. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο. (κεφ. 1-2) Pinker, S. (2000). To γλωσσικό ένστικτο. Πώς ο νους δημιουργεί τη γλώσσα. (Μτφρ. Ευαγγελία Μούμα.) Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κάτοπτρο. Α.-Φ. Χριστίδης (2005). Γενική Γλωσσολογία Ι. Γενικά χαρακτηριστικά της γλώσσας. Θεσσαλονίκη: Υπηρεσία Δημοσιευμάτων, Α.Π.Θ. (σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή:
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