Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007499

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

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

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
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
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Sufficient knowledge of both the English and the Greek language.
Learning Outcomes
Students will be in a position to analyze and compare many morpho-syntactic properties of English and Greek in the framework of particular theories of comparability. They will be in a position to transcribe and gloss texts in both languages and relate their observations to the predictions of major approaches to linguistic typology and language universals.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Theoretical frameworks of language comparability Language universals, linguistic typology and parameters of language variation 2. Methodological issues • Sampling. transcription, glossing • The Leipzig Glossing Rules • Using Reference Grammars • Using the World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) 3. Typological features of English and Greek 3.1 Morphology 3.2 Syntax 3.3 Grammaticalization 4. Focus on particular features: 4.1 The "subject" 4.2 Word order variation 4.3 Infinitives and subjunctives 4.4 Agents, patients, the passive and related structures 4.5 Κύριες και δευτερεύουσες προτάσεις 4.6 Tense, Aspect and Modality
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • 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 Assigment1084.3
Student Assessment
Optional assignments and final written exam. All criteria are explicitly mentioned in the class moodle pages.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
BYBEE, J. L., R. D. PERKINS & W. PAGLIUCA. 1994. The Evolution of Grammar: Tense, Aspect and Modality in the Languages of the World. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press. CINQUE, G. & R. KAYNE (eds). 2005. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax. Oxford University Press. COMRIE, B. 1989. Language Universals and Linguistic Typology: Syntax and Morphology. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. CROFT, W. 1990. Typology and Universals. Cambridge University Press. CROFT, W. 2003. Typology and Universals. 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press. CULICOVER, P. W. 1997. Principles and Parameters: An Introduction to Syntactic Theory. Oxford University Press. DAHL, O. 1985. Tense and Aspect Systems. Oxford and New York: Basil Blackwell. DECLERCK, R., (in cooperation with S. REED & B. CAPELLE). 2006. The grammar of the English Verb Phrase. Vol. 1: The grammar of the English verb System: A Comprehensive Analysis. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. GREENBERG, J. H. 2005. Language Universals with a preface by Martin Haspelmath. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. HAEGEMAN, L. (ed.). 1997a. Elements of Grammar: Handbook of Generative Syntax. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. HAEGEMAN, L. (ed.). 1997b. The New Comparative Syntax. London & New York: Longman. HASPELMATH, M., M. S. DRYER, D. GIL, & B. COMRIE (with the collaboration of H.-J. Bibiko, H. Jung, and C. Schmidt). 2005. The World Atlas of Language Structures. Oxford University Press. AVAILABLE ONLINE at: .
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