Language Typology

Course Information
TitleΤυπολογία Γλωσσών / Language Typology
CodeΓλ 549
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016494


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
GLŌSSOLOGIAElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
- to be familiar with basic concepts and central issues in linguistic typology - to be aware of the debate between functional and formal/generative typology - to conduct a short-scale typological study or to evaluate different typological approaches on same phenomenon
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 interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Approximately 7000 languages are spoken at present. Despite the obvious diversity that derives from this large number, languages share numerous common features and differ in principled ways. Typology refers to the linguistic field that seeks to understand what a possible language is, which structures are common, rare or even unattested and why. In this course we tackle the above issues and examine typological findings across various sub-fields, such as phonology, morphology and syntax. Methodological and theoretical issues are also addressed, including language-sample-construction, typological databases, typological schools of thought, language families and universals.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • 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
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Student Assessment
1 knowledge quiz (15%), 1 individual presentation on notable traits of a language making use of grammars and databases (35%), 1 paper of up to 5,000 words that consists of either a small-scale typological survey of a phenomenon or an overview of methodological issues in typology (50%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Βιβλιογραφία Comrie, B. 1989. Language universals and linguistic typology: syntax and morphology, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Dryer, M. S. 1989. Large linguistic areas and language sampling, Studies in Language 13(2): 257–292. Dryer, M. S. & M. Haspelmath (eds.) 2013. The World Atlas of Language Structures Online. ( Good, J. (ed.). 2008. Linguistics Universals and Language Change. Oxford: OUP. Gordon, M. 2016. Phonological Typology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Holmberg, A. 2017. Linguistic Typology. In Ian Roberts (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 355–376. Maddieson, I. 1984. Patterns of sounds. Cambridge: CUP. Moravcsik, E. 2013. Introducing Language Typology. Cambridge: CUP. Nichols, J. 2007. What, if anything, is typology?, Linguistic Typology 11(1): 231–238. Pereltsvaig, A. 2023. Languages of the World: An introduction. 4th ed. Cambridge: CUP. Song, J. J. 2010. The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Song, J. J. 2018. Linguistic Typology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Τοπιντζή, Ν. 2021. Τυπολογία Γλωσσών: Βασικές αρχές, θεωρητικές προσεγγίσεις και φαινόμενα. Ηράκλειο: Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης. Velupillai, V. 2012. An Introduction to Linguistic Typology. Amsterdam/New York: Benjamins.
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