Issues in Linguistics

Course Information
TitleΘέματα στη Γλωσσολογία / Issues in Linguistics
CodeΓλ 521
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016480


Registered students: 12
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
GLŌSSOLOGIAElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
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
Successful completion of this course means that students will have developed a better understanding of the following areas of semantics/pragmatics: Scope of semantics, the concept of meaning, sentence meaning, logical semantics, predicates and events, word meaning, sense and sentence relations, deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech acts. Also, the students will develop the ability to resaerch the above-mentioned areas independently and to participate in research developments in contemporary theoretical and applied semantics/pragmatics.
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
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
In this course, you will learn about the most important component of language, its meaning. You will understand how we make meaning in language with words, expressions and sentences. In other words, we will explore lexical meaning, various relations between words, and how words organized in sentences can express ideas. In the first part of the course, called semantics, therefore, we will consider the concept of meaning attached to words, how we use words to refer to things in our world, and how words combined in sentences can refer to aspects of the world as in descriptions. In one word, you will learn how sentences can talk about the world. However, we do not only describe the world with language, but most importantly, we act and perform in language, or, in one word, we socialize, get married, undertake to help others, apologize, or request, and all this is done exclusively with language. But we also often mean much more than what we say, or sometimes we mean other things than what we actually say. We will examine all these issues in the component of the course called pragmatics, but we’ll also see how the two components of semantics (meaning in language) and pragmatics (meaning more than you say, or doing in language) are intrinsically intertwined every time we use language. The course is of immediate interest for the language teacher as it underpins current teaching methodologies, but it is also of interest to a variety of other language-based disciplines, s.a. literature, language impairment (semantic and pragmatic disorders), psychiatry, translation, computational linguistics, language programming, etc.
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 Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments903.3
Student Assessment
a) Presentation of material (20% of the final grade) b) Seminar participation (20% of the final grade) c) Extended assignment and/or exam (50% of the final grade) d) Class performance (10% of the final grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
-Semantics: Meaning in Language by Eliza Kitis (2012, Thessaloniki: University Studio Press)
Additional bibliography for study
-Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition by Sophia Marmaridou (2000, John Benjamins Publishing Company) -Chierchia, Gennaro & Sally McConnell-Ginet (1900). Meaning and Grammar: An Introduction to Semantics. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press. -Carston, Robyn (2002). Relevance Theory: the Pragmatics of Explicit Communication. Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishing. -Levinson, Stephen (2000). Presumptive Meanings: a theory of generalized conversational implicature. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press. -Levinson, Stephen (1983). Pragmatics. Cambridge University Press. -Lyons, John (1977). Semantics,vol.1. Cambridge University Press. -Lyons, John (1977). Semantics,vol.2. Cambridge University Press. -May, Jacob (1993). Pragmatics: An Introduction. Blackwell Publishing. Saeed, John (2003). Semantics (2nd ed.). Blackwell Publishing.
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