The learning outcomes of the course are:
(a) To familiarize the students with linguistics and its subfields.
(b) To outline aspects of language such as language acquisition, language variation and change.
(c) To discuss the main principles of linguistics as well as the methodological and analytical tools of its subfields.
(d) To present various scientific theories/approaches about language and their answers to seminal questions about its evolution and structure.
(e) To familiarize the students with the linguistic varieties spoken in Greece so that they understand the geographical and social language 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 course covers the following topics: the phylogeny and biological evolution of language as well as the ontogenetic development of language, the basic charaxteristics of human languages and introduction to language typology. The main questions addressed in the course 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?
language universals, language and thought/ideology, language acquisition, language evolution/phylogeny, typology
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