The Linguistics Section of the Philology Department at Patras University comprises six members of the Teaching and Research Staff (one professor, one associate professor, three assistant professors and one lecturer). The combined knowledge of the team covers a broad range of research and teaching interests within General Linguistics for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
Particular emphasis is given to the structure and use of language, with a focus on Greek, in relation to other languages, and/or on different forms of Greek. The primary interest of the Section is "language variety", i.e.: (1) the relationship of standard Modern Greek to its dialects and how and why these various forms differ from one another in terms of accent, word and sentence formation; (2) how speakers of the language perceive such differentiation; (3) differences in how we use the language depending on who we are speaking to, on whether we are using the written or the spoken language and on the more general social framework; (4) the different forms the Greek language has taken during its historical development (based on written texts).
The Linguistics Section offers introductory and specialised courses in the following areas of linguistics:
- Morphology (Derivation, Compounding, Inflection, Comparative, Diachronic)
- Phonetics (Articulatory, Laboratory)
- Phonology (Segmental, Prosody)
- Syntax (Theoretical, Comparative, Diachronic)
- Semantics (Formal, Sentence, Lexical)
- Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis (Explicature and Implicature, Speech Acts, Conversational Organisation, Types of Discourse)
- Sociolinguistics (Dimensions of Language Variety, Sociolinguistic Inequality, Languages in Contact, Language and Identity)
- Historical Linguistics (Language Change, History of the Greek Language)
- Lexicology (Analysis of Words, Analysis of Lexicon, Special Vocabularies, Marginal Language)
- Lexicography (Creation of General and Specialised Dictionaries, Development of Linguistic Databases)
- Dialectology (Morphophonology of Modern Greek Dialects, Field Research, Sociolinguistic Approaches to Dialectal Speech)