Upon successful completion of the course, students will be aware:
(a) of the importance of language contact in language history.
(b) of the Balkan character of the Standard Modern Greek.
(c) of the importance of Balkan linguistics in the evolution of the Greek language.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The foundamentals of studying Balkan Linguistics; critical analysis on the activity of eminent specialists as Miklosich, Sandfeld and Trubetzkoy, the concept of the Balkan Linguistic Union and the factors which can explain the genesis of the Balkanisms. Description of the basic phonetic, morphological and syntactic balkanisms (postposition of the article, case syncretism, structure of the future, etc.). Balkan Linguistics and Modern Greek dialects.
Additional bibliography for study
Friedman, V. (2006). Balkans as a Linguistic Area. In: K. Brown (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Second Edition, vol. 1, 657-672. Oxford: Elsevier.
Sandfeld, K. 1930. Linguistique balkanique, problèmes et résultats. Paris: Champion.
Tomić, O. M. 2006. Balkan Sprachbund Morphosyntactic Features. Dordrecht:: Springer.