Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600008116

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 108
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to offer an overview of various approaches to meaning in language and linguistics. Both levels of linguistic analysis, Semantics and Pragmatics, deal with meaning though from a different perspective. The first part of the course deals with different types of meaning at the level of words and sentences: Words, meanings, concepts: a word has various meanings (possibly related ones: polysemy) but also a certain concept is expressed by different words (synonyms, near-synonyms). One first aim is the study of how the meanings of words are related to one another (sense relations) and to entities in our world (reference). Various aspects of meaning are defined and investigated, including notions such as deixis and indexicality, as well as distinctions such lexical vs grammatical meaning and literal vs non-literal meaning: word senses can be central or prototypical; they can also extend to less central domains on the basis of cognitive processes such as metaphor and metonymy (which affect both word and sentence meaning, thus challenging notions such as compositionality). Α further major part of traditional approaches to semantics concerns sentence relations and truth, discussing notions such as paraphrase and contradiction, entailment and presupposition, as well as the semantics of thematic structure, tense, aspect and modality. The second part of the course deals with usage-based aspects of meaning: Doing things with words: what do speakers “do” with language when they interact? Communicative intentions, performance of speech acts, various strategies (including the cooperative principle and politeness) are some of the devices employed by speakers of languages to specific situations of use. Finally, language, culture, mind: language reflects speakers’ conceptual world. The questions to be addressed include: does our language influence the way we think? How deeply do language and culture influence one another? (culture-specific words, culture-specific grammar).
meaning, concept, semantic relations, prototypicality, speech acts, culture
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301.2
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Austin, J. L. 1962. How to Do Things With Words. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Fromkin, V., R. Rodman & N. Hyams. 2003. An Introduction to Language (7th edition). Orlando: Harcourt Brace College Publishers. [Ελληνική έκδοση 2008 ως Εισαγωγή στη μελέτη της Γλώσσας. Μετάφραση: Ε. Βάζου, Γ. Ι. Ξυδόπουλος, Φ. Παπαδοπούλου & Α. Τσαγγαλίδης. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη]. Grice, H. P. 1975. Logic and Conversation. Στο P. Cole & J. L. Morgan (επιμ.) Syntax and Semantics 3: Speech Acts. New York & London : Academic Press, 41-58. HURFORD, J. R. & B. HEASLEY. 1983. Semantics: A Coursebook. Cambridge University Press. Kearns, K. 2000. Semantics. Palgrave Macmillan. LEVINSON, S. C. 1983. Pragmatics. Cambridge University Press. Lyons, J. 1981. Language and Linguistics. Cambridge University Press. [Ελληνική έκδοση 1995 ως Εισαγωγή στη Γλωσσολογία σε μετάφραση των Μ. Αραποπούλου, Α. Αρχάκη, Μ. Βραχιονίδου, Α. Καρρά. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη]. LYONS, J. 1995. Linguistic Semantics. Cambridge University Press. [Ελληνική έκδοση 1999 ως Γλωσσολογική Σημασιολογία σε μετάφραση του Γ. Ανδρουλάκη. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη]. SAEED, J. I. 1997. Semantics. Oxford: Blackwell. Yule, G. 2010. The Study of Language. (4th edition). Cambridge University Press. Yule, G. 1996. Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. [Ελληνική έκδοση 2006 ως Πραγματολογία σε επιμέλεια Θ.-Σ. Παυλίδου και μετάφραση Α. Αλβανούδη και Χ. Καπελλίδη. Θεσσαλονίκη: Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών (Ίδρυμα Μανόλη Τριανταφυλλίδη)].
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