L-300 Introduction to Linguistics

L-300 Introduction to Linguistics


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.


Social Sciences

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Social Anthropology and History

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Independent teaching activities


Weekly teaching hours




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Δραστηριότητα Φόρτος Εργασίας Εξαμήνου
Σύνολο Μαθήματος 140
Διαλέξεις 40
Ασκήσεις στην τάξη 15
Εκπαιδευτική εκδρομή 10
Αυτόνομη μελέτη στην διάρκεια του εξαμήνου 45
Μελέτη προετοιμασίας για τις εξετάσεις 30

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