Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600001172

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philology 2015

Registered students: 360
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course115

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
1. ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ Δ. (Α-Ζ)Despoina Papadopoulou
2. ΦΩΤΙΑΔΟΥ (Σ-Ω)Georgia Fotiadou
3. ΑΜΒΡΑΖΗΣ (ΜΕ-Ρ)Nikolaos Amvrazis
4. ΘΕΟΔΩΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ (Η-ΜΑ)Maria Theodoropoulou
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)
General Prerequisites
Αs a prerequisite to LING301, the students need to successfully complete a circle of a seminar course with the title: "IT for Philologists I' (1 ECTS). Only then, LING301 will be credited to them.
Learning Outcomes
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.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • 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 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
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment170.6
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
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
Additional bibliography for study
Βελούδης, Γ. (2008). Γενική Γλωσσολογία Ι. Γενικά χαρακτηριστικά της γλώσσας. Θεσσαλονίκη: Υπηρεσία Δημοσιευμάτων, Α.Π.Θ. (σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή: Lyons, J. (2002). Εισαγωγή στη θεωρητική γλωσσολογία [μτφ: Α. Αναστασιάδη-Συμεωνίδη, Ζ. Γαβριηλίδη, Α. Ευθυμίου]. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο. (κεφ. 1-2) Pinker, S. (2000). To γλωσσικό ένστικτο. Πώς ο νους δημιουργεί τη γλώσσα. (Μτφρ. Ευαγγελία Μούμα.) Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κάτοπτρο. Α.-Φ. Χριστίδης (2005). Γενική Γλωσσολογία Ι. Γενικά χαρακτηριστικά της γλώσσας. Θεσσαλονίκη: Υπηρεσία Δημοσιευμάτων, Α.Π.Θ. (σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή:
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