The learning outcomes of the course for the students are the following:
(a) To familiarize the students with the field Linguistics
(b) To discuss various aspect of language such as language acquisition, language variation and change
(c) To present the general principles of linguistics and the main theoretical and methodological tools of linguistics and its subfields
(d) To disucss the current linguistic theories
(e) To familiarize the students with the linguistic varieties in Greece and with the geographical as well as social linguistic variation
The IT seminar aims at acquainting the students with the use of IT technologies and other facilities offered by AUTh during their studies.
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? Emphasis is also given on language typology and variation.
The IT seminar introduces the students ti the use of IT technologies and other facilities offered by AUTh during their studies with emphsasis on bibliography search.
language universals, language and thought/ideology, language acquisition, language evolution/phylogeny
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