Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600000713

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philology 2015

Registered students: 305
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
1. ΚΟΝΤΑ (Α-ΜΑ)Eirini Konta
2. ΦΩΤΙΑΔΟΥ (ΜΕ-Ω)Georgia Fotiadou
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
The learning objectives of the course can be summarized as following: (a) Understanding the factors and mechanisms that lead to linguistic change and being able to identify elements of it within texts from different periods of the history of Greek language. (b) Understanding and recognizing the essence of diachrony as a sum of consequent synchronies and of each synchrony as a combination of older and newer elements that promote linguistic change in the broader framework of linguistic continuity. (c) Understanding language changes that occurred during Hellenistic and medieval periods. (d) Comprehending the twofold nature of the standard modern Greek as a combination of elements of the popular and the literary linguistic tradition. (e) Developing a critical attitude as far as the “theories” related to the superiority and the conservatism of the Greek language are concerned.
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
  • Work in teams
  • 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 delves into the main phonologic, morphosyntactic and lexical changes that the spoken Greek had to undergo during the hellenistic as well as early and later medieval periods. In this framework, travelling through space and time, we touch upon the crucial position of the Hellenistic Koine as a qualitative evolution of Ancient Greek and as a starting point for the development of certain characteristics that carve the profile of Medieval (and Modern Greek) over time. Additionally, the notion of linguistic change as well as the factors/mechanisms leading to it, and the ways of identifying it through numerous sources, are emphasized throughout the course. The issues of the utilization of the sources and similar methodological questions lead us to underline the priority of the spoken over the written language, even if the latter constitutes almost the only source of language history. Consequently, changes in spoken language are rendered as a nodal point in our research, without ignoring the tradition of written language and its impact on the spoken language. Finally, the classic approach that is implemented in the framework of the course is based on viewing diachrony as a sum of consequent synchronies, as well as of each synchrony as a combination and coexistence of older and newer elements that both promote linguistic change and assure linguistic continuity. Having accepted that the suggested time frames have a conventional as well as a transitional character, we divide the era under examination in early and late medieval periods, Turkish occupation period and the period after the establishment of the Modern Greek nation until today.
Hellenistic Koine, Medieval Greek, language change
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • 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
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
R. Browning, Η Ελληνική Γλώσσα, Μεσαιωνική και Νέα. Εκδόσεις Παπαδήμα. Μ. Τριανταφυλλίδης, Νεοελληνική Γραμματική. Ιστορική εισαγωγή. 3ος τόμων των Απάντων, Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Θεσσαλονίκη 2017.
Additional bibliography for study
Adrados F., Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας: Από τις απαρχές ως τις μέρες μας. [Μετάφραση Α. Lecumberri από το πρωτότυπο Historia de la Lengua Griega. De los origenes a nuestros dias, 1999], Αθήνα 2003. Ανδριώτης Ν., Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας, Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Σπουδών, Θεσσαλονίκη 1981. Bubenik V., Morphological and syntactic change in Medieval Greek and South Slavic languages, Lincom Europa, München 2001. Εideneier Η., Όψεις της ιστορίας της ελληνικής γλώσσας από τον Όμηρο έως σήμερα. [Μετάφραση Ευ. Θωμαδάκη από το πρωτότυπο Von Rhapsodie zu Rap: Aspekte der griechischen Sprachgeschichte von Homer bis heute, 1999], Αθήνα 2004. Κοπιδάκης, Μ. (επιμ.), Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας, Ελληνικό Λογοτεχνικό και Ιστορικό Αρχείο, Αθήνα 1999. Thomson G., Η ελληνική γλώσσα, αρχαία και νέα, β΄ έκδοση (α΄ έκδοση 1964), Αθήνα 1989. Tonnet H., Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας. Η διαμόρφωσή της, [Μετάφραση Μ. Καραμάνου – Π. Λιαλιάτσης από το πρωτότυπο Histoire du grec moderne. La formation d’une langue, Paris 1993], Αθήνα 1995. Χατζιδάκις Γ., Σύντομος ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσης, Αθήνα 1915.
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