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 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
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. For their evaluation, students will be asked to conduct a short-scale typological study of their own or discuss theoretical debates that are raised by the functionalist vs. the formalist schools of thought.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • 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
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)
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