Basic goals of the course:
• to present the basic principles of morphology and the analytical tools and methods of morphological research,
• to acquaint the students with the typological diversity of languages and the important morphological features of specific languages/language families,
• to provide the theoretical background for the morphological description and analysis of linguistic systems.
Moreover, the course incorporates methodological tools that aim at ameliorating the fruitful application of received knowledge to real life problem solving and, ultimately, the establishment of a strong link between the academic studies and the job market. More specifically:
• the students will deepen their understanding of theoretical and methodological problems pertaining to the teaching aspects of the grammar of natural languages,
• the students will become familiar with new areas of research that exploit the results of morphological analysis for experimental research and lexical processing, and ultimately emphasize the complexity of natural language.
After the successful completion of the course, the students will be able:
• to describe and analyze the basic morphological structures of Greek and other languages,
• to process and manage a wide variety of language data,
• to apply specific models of analysis within the generative framework,
• to construct language activities and exercises for (a) teaching Greek as a native language and (b) teaching Greek as a second/foreign language.
Course Content (Syllabus)
week 1: What is morphology, methods of morphological analysis
week 2 & 3: What is the 'word'? Criteria of word hood and types of words; words, lestemes and lexemes; lexical integrity
week 4 & 5: Lexical recognition and models; factors that affect lexical recognition; processing of lexical ambiguity
week 6 & 7: Words decomposed; Item-and-Arrangement; Item-and-Process; Allomorphy; the structure of the Mental Lexicon
week 8: Declensional morphology; paradigms. syncretism; typology
week 9: Processing of inflectional morphology; experimental findings; models of analysis (symbolic rules, analogies, hybrid models)
week 10: Derivational morphology; Principle of Compositionality; Drawing morphological trees
week 11: Processing of derived words; experimental findings; the effects of frequency, productivity, etc.
week 12: Word formation processes (compounds, acronyms, truncations, etc.); processing of compounds/acronyms
week 13: Summary and conclusions
morphology, inflection, derivation, lexical processing, word formation processes, lexical integrity, Mental Lexicon