Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280007093

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philology 2015

Registered students: 72
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Glōssologías Mandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
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
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
(a) Providing the students with a basic view on the history and the complexity of bilingualism and multilingualism, the perceptions and attitudes formed towards them, the problems that may arise due to these situations as well as ways of overcoming them. (b) Giving the students the opportunity as well as the skills needed in order to understand where, when and how language contact leads to linguistic change. (c) Presenting the students how to recognize several mechanisms of contact-induced linguistic change, through examples from relevant bibliography or personal “Balkan” experience. (d) Enabling the students to critically assess the “linguistic solutions” that were provided in the framework of the Balkan nation states and comprehend the theories that supported those specific choices of linguistic homogenization. (e) Sensitizing the students on the dangers that so-called “small” languages face due to globalization and the phenomenon of “linguistic imperialism” that derives from it.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
GLO398: Language Contact The proper study of language contact faced a great development during the last decades, being aided and promoted by the broader development of Linguistics while simultaneously benefitting several subfields of the latter, such as Historical Linguistics and Sociolinguistics. As we broaden our field of research in space and time, we observe that, unlike what we might have imagined, bilingualism and multilingualism constitute a rather common situation in human societies. Multilingualism was addressed either as social good or an inevitable “evil”, depending on the era and the dominant perception regarding the phenomenon at the time. What are the reasons that led to such attitudes and how can this kind of issues be handled in organized societies through linguistic policy and planning? Under what conditions can multilingualism lead to linguistic interference and change? Which factors and mechanisms are responsible for contact-induced linguistic change? Are these changes always recognizable and predictable? Is there a widely accepted correlation scale between language contact and the changes that derive from it? Why in the Balkans, a special case of a linguistic area, language contact led to the creation of a Sprachbund and not to the appearance of a pidgin language? What do the terms linguistic death and linguistic ecology signify? Such topics are discussed in this course, using the Balkans as the main point of reference and the basic field of application.
Multilingualism, Linguistic areas, Language contact and linguistic shange.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Written assigments421.5
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
U. Weinreich, Languages in Contact, The Hague: Mouton 1953, 1968. S. Thomason, Language Contact, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2001. Assenova, P. 2002. Балканско езикознание. Veliko Ternovo : Faber. Sandfeld, Kr. 1930. Linguistique Balkanique (Problèmes et Résultats), Paris. Tzitzilis, Chr. 2001. “Methodische Bemerkungen zu den Lehnübertragungen in den Balkansprachen”, Linguistique Balkanique XLI/1.
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