Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007095

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes and competences: • to practise in the principles and main techniques of Historical Linguistics research (how the reconstruction of linguistic forms is done; how historical and archaeological knowledge is correlated with linguistic theory to create models of the prehistory of language families); • to find out why some changes occur / do not occur; • to become acquainted with ways to study diachronic data electronically (e.g., Brooklyn-Geneva-Amsterdam-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Old English; Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English).
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course provides an introduction to the principles of Historical Linguistics. It examines linguistic reconstruction, the processes which trigger language change, and the methods used to account for change in language. The course deals with the most important elements of the linguistic system from which the different Indo-European languages have developed. Topics: A. Comparative Reconstruction -Classification and subgrouping -Comparative method: (i) the history of Indo-European Linguistics; (ii) our main tools: sound laws and analogy -The phonology of Proto-Indo-European (PIE) -The PIE morphology: ablaut types, reduplication -The PIE semantics -The PIE syntax -Etymology B. Internal reconstruction and the use of Corpora in Historical Linguistics -Annotated and Parsed (electronic) historical Corpora C. Models of change -Linguistic innovation, variation, and change -Areal Linguistics and language contact -Explaining linguistic change -Pidgins and Creoles
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
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Reading Assigment
Student Assessment
Optional Assignments and Final Exams All criteria are explicitly defined and are available on the eclass website.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Recommended Bibliography Bynon, T. 1977. Historical Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Campbell, L. 1999. Historical Linguistics. An Introduction. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Hock, H. H. 1992. Principles of Historical Linguistics. 2nd ed. Amsterdam: Mouton de Gruyter. Joseph, B. & Janda, R. (eds) 2003. The Handbook of Historical Linguistics. Oxford & Malden, MA: Blackwell. Keiler, A. R. 1972. A Reader in Historical and Comparative Linguistics. New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston.
Additional bibliography for study
Aitchison, J. 19912. Language change: Progress or Decay? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Fisiak, J. & Krygier, M. 1998. Advances in English Historical Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
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