School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: L-300 Semester: 3st
Course Title: Introduction to Linguistics
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General background (core course)
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
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    Learning outcomes: This course attempts a holistic approach to the phenomenon of language; for practical reasons it focuses on Greek without being limited to it. Its main objective is to acquaint students of social sciences with the general principles of (structural and generative) linguistics and more specifically: a) with the formal study of each level of linguistic analysis and b) with the functional side of language. The knowledge imparted to course participants promotes an understanding of language as a complex phenomenon with both a cognitive and a social component, while the relevant skills acquired enable students to analyze linguistic phenomena at different levels in a systematic way. The ultimate goal is to prepare social scientists for the complex task that contemporary social science takes on: the anchoring of social phenomena to the concept of discourse/discours. However, since the Foucauldian discourse/discours can only follow from speech/parole in the sense intended by de Saussure, this course must follow a historical sequence which is anything but linear: while most of the course is devoted to demonstrating the importance of structuralism in analyzing linguistic forms, there is a concurrent systematic critique of structuralism as an only partial approach to the phenomenon of language — initially inspired by phonetics (and later by phonology) and which, unlike others facets of linguistic analysis, is not called upon to take into account meaning in language, which nevertheless lurks below any other further level of analysis (and is ultimately the only reason we have language). The last part of the course uses the pragmatic theory of speech acts in order to connect linguistic form with linguistic function moving: a) from language form to language meaning and b) from Saussurian parole as language production or language use to Foucauldian discourse as a practice constructing social reality. The ultimate goal of the course is the recognition that linguistic form is a necessary precondition for a critical understanding of discourse.

    General Competences: 
    • Understanding the peculiarities of language in structural/cognitive terms
    • Individual work
    • Promotion of hypothetico-deductive thinking

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The purpose of this course – which replaces a previous one having the same title – is to introduce students to linguistics, i.e. the discipline that has as its object the study of natural language from both a formal and a functional point of view. This course will examine the history, and investigate the basic principles of contemporary linguistics with particular emphasis on the various levels of linguistic analysis (phonetics & phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics). Aiming to meet the basic theoretical needs of fledgling social scientists, the course will deal with not just the formal aspects of language but also to some extent its socio-functional facets (pragmatics, sociolinguistics) thus attempting to build a bridge between language as a universal (cognitive) phenomenon and language as a concrete communication code (that is to say, as a specific, socially grounded practice) with social relevance – a code that historically was initially the object of study of anthropology, as a multidisciplinary, science, but, following the second decade of the 20th century, also by linguistics as an autonomous discipline. Through the former approach the social relevance of language was demonstrated early on while the latter highlighted its cognitive basis. Aiming at a holistic approach, this course must, for obvious reasons, follow the reverse path: it starts from structural linguistic thought and the forging of specialized tools in order to derive useful generalizations of remarkable predictive value (and, by extension, to theory-building) and moves on to particularity of very specific communities of practice, the study of which, however, enables equally useful generalizations concerning the nature of language as a phenomenon from a functional point of view. A key point in bringing together these two approaches is speech acts, through which the connection between the form and function of linguistic entities (phonemes, morphemes and words within a phrase) on one hand – and also through the theoretical construct of the “sentence” – and continuous speech (discours or discourse) which is the privileged point of contact between linguistics and the social sciences, on the other hand.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of educational materials available online through the eclass platform
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 40
    Final exam 85
    Course total: 125
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek
    Method of evaluation: Written final exam, featuring problem solving and essay questions.


    Suggested bibliography:

    a) Suggested textbooks:
    • Lyons, John. 1995. Εισαγωγή στη γλωσσολογία. Αθήνα: Πατάκης.
    • Φιλιππάκη-Warburton, Ει. 1995. Εισαγωγή στη θεωρητική γλωσσολογία. Αθήνα: Νεφέλη.
    • Φρόμκιν, Β., Ρ. Ρόντμαν, & Ν. Χάιμς. 2008. Εισαγωγή στη μελέτη της γλώσσας. Μτφρ. Έ. Βάζου, Γ. Ξυδόπουλος, Φ. Παπαδοπούλου, Α. Τσαγγαλίδης. Επιμ. Γ. Ξυδόπουλος. Αθήνα: Πατάκης.
    b) Supplementary bibliography:
    • Γούτσος, Δ. 2012. Γλώσσα: Κείμενο, ποικιλία, σύστημα. Αθήνα: Κριτική.
    • Κανάκης, Κ. 2007. Εισαγωγή στην Πραγματολογία: Γνωστικές και κοινωνικές όψεις της γλωσσικής χρήσης. Αθήνα: Εικοστός Πρώτος.
    • Lyons, J. 2002. Εισαγωγή στη θεωρητική γλωσσολογία. Μτρφ. Ά Αναστασιάδη-Συμεωνίδη, Α. Ευθυμίου, Ζ. Γαβριηλίδου. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο.
    • Mounin, G. 1994. Κλειδιά για τη γλωσσολογία. Μτρφ. Ά Αναστασιάδη-Συμεωνίδη. 3η έκδοση. Αθήνα: μορφωτικό Ίδρυμα Εθνικής Τραπέζης (ΜΙΕΤ).
    • Παυλίδου, Θ.-Σ. 2005 [1997]. Επίπεδα γλωσσικής ανάλυσης: Παραδόσεις του μαθήματος Γενική Γλωσσολογία ΙΙ στο τμήμα Φιλολογίας του ΑΠΘ. Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο.
    • Robins, R. H. 1989. Σύντομη ιστορία της γλωσσολογίας. Μτφρ. Α. Μουδοπούλου. Αθήνα; Νεφέλη.
    • Ντε Σωσσύρ, Φ. 1979. Μαθήματα γενικής γλωσσολογίας. Μτφρ. Φ. Αποστολόπουλος. Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης.