Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
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Course code
LM003S (AF:389662 AR:205262)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course is part of the integrative activities of Philology, literature and history of antiquity.
Modern Greek Language is included in the courses of the Master's Degree course in European, American and Post-Colonial Languages and Literatures and the Master's Degree in Language Sciences.
The course consists of a module held by the teacher in the first semester (we also recommend the frequency of annual language tutorials held by the expert mother tongue, Dr. E. Liosatou).
The course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the Greek language, deepening of the theoretical aspects treated during the three years, methods of textual analysis, the history of literature; links with the history of culture; linguistic and cultural interrelations with Byzantine and classical literary production; the course attendance will develop specific skills on the terminology of textual analysis and literary criticism; there will be room for understanding literatures and cultures in a historical-comparative context to increase the interpretative, analytical and translation skills of Greek literary texts in katharevusa and in dimotikì.
The course intends:
Develop basic translational skills from Italian to Greek and advanced from Greek to Italian.
To develop metalinguistic proficiency in a Greek - Italian comparison of the main phenomena of the language and of the Greek literature in vernacular. Consolidate communication skills in Greek and knowledge of the Greek historical-literary profile.
The study of the vulgar and modern Greek literary history, through the historical profile from the first manifestations of the vernacular (akritical songs, Digenìs) to modern and contemporary literary production (through the analysis carried out by M. Vitti in his History of Modern Greek literature, Venice 2016 ), will be broadened in a comparative key.
1. Knowledge and understanding
To know, understand and actively use the grammatical, morphological and syntactical structures of modern Greek in oral and written form; know and understand the historical dynamics that characterize the modern Greek language.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
Ability to recognize the phenomena of continuity and interference that affect the language, in a historical-cultural perspective. Ability to express themselves correctly in oral and written form providing adequate information both from the point of view of content and of the form of expression; ability to understand an oral and written discourse (both contemporary and in katharevusa).
3. Autonomy of judgment
Being able to develop the ability to evaluate the modern Greek language in the evolutionary context. Being able to perceive continuities and discontinuities. Being able to understand the different expressive registers.
Develop a critical capacity with respect to the historical and linguistic phenomena that interest the modern Greek language.
4. Communication skills
Be able to communicate in the language used today in modern Greece, using appropriate terminology.
5. Learning skills
Being able to develop specific methodological tools in the study of various linguistic phenomena; be able to take notes and share them in a collaborative way; be able to consult critically the reference texts and the bibliography contained in them; be able to use multimedia systems for active language learning.The student will acquire the ability to apply knowledge and understanding in the context of the Greek language and literature; will be able to autonomously carry out bibliographic research in the studied language; to produce critical comments, essays, short essays and a final thesis in the Greek language in the literary-cultural, historical and linguistic fields, elaborating the concepts learned and formulating a personal argument; to intervene in a specialized debate on the contents studied in a relevant way and to speak in public, supporting their positions; to translate literary texts, literary-cultural essays, scientific articles on the subject, works of contemporary culture (but also texts written in katharevusa) and to reflect critically on the translation act. Tools will be offered to the student to acquire confidence in high-level professional situations.
Linguistic competence B2.
Students of Humanistic courses and Erasmus students from Greece will agree on an integrative program according to their study plan.
Specific insights will focus on:

1. texts in early Modern Greek (passages from Digenìs, Pulologos and novels in decapentasyllables)
2. Venice and Crete between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century: the age of Vincentsos Kornaros and Gavriil Seviros.
3. Koraìs, Solomòs and Psicharis: reflections on language (between the end of the 18th and the end of the 19th century)
4. Athens and Thessaloniki: the language question in the twentieth century
5. Modern Greek as L2

Reading, analysis and translation of some chapters of the Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 1999,

The materials of the lessons (power point and bibliography) will be shared on the moodle platform.

Italian translation of Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 1999,

On Moodle platform students will find power point and bibliography.
- M. Vitti, Storia della letteratura neogreca, Cafoscarina, Venice 2016;
- Κ. Τζαμαλή, Ι. Σκουνάκη, Στοιχεία Ελληνικής Ιστορίας και Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού, 2011, ISBN 978-960-7335-48-7,
- Ιστορία της ελληνικής γλώσσας, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 1999,
-Ταξίδι στην Ελλάδα, 2, Grigori, Atene 2018

Ζητήματα γλωσσικής αλλαγής από την κοινή προς την νέα ελληνική, ΚΕΓ, Salonicco 2010

P. Mackridge, Mother and Daugthers, Roots and Branches: Modern Greek Perception of the Relationship between the Ancient and Modern Language, in A. Georgakoulou, M. Silk (eds), Standard Languages and Language Standars: Greek, Past and Present, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London, Ashgate, London 2009, pp. 259-276.
S. Moschonàs, "Language Issues" after the "Language Question": On the Modern Standards of Standard Modern Greek, in A. Georgakoulou, M. Silk (eds), Standard Languages and Language Standards: Greek, Past and Present, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London, Ashgate, London 2009, pp. 293-320.
S. Moschonàs, The discovery of Modern Greek as a second language, Journal of Applied Linguistics, 22 (2017), pp. 27-50. , and

- C. Carpinato-O. Tribulato (eds.), History and stories of the Greek language, ECF, Venice 2014
- C. Carpinato (et alii), Teaching modern languages on ancient roots, ECF, Venice 2018
- D. Holton, P. Mackridge, I. Philippaki Warburton, Greek, an essential grammar of the modern language, Routledge, New York 2016 (II ed.)
N. Toufexis, Diglossia and register variation in Medieval Greek, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 32, 2, 2008, pp. 203-217

Dictionary: Modern-Italian Greek, Italian-Modern Greek, Second Edition, Zanichelli, Bologna 2013

M. Peri, Gli scambi linguistici fra Italia e Grecia. Compendio di una storia dimenticata, in Greco antico, neogreco e italiano. Dizionario dei prestiti e dei parallelismi, Zanichelli, Bologna 2008, pp. 7-154.

Reference texts for non-attending class and native-language students:
F. Pappas, A. Katsigiannis, L. Diamantopoulou, Εισαγωγή στην νεοελληνική φιλολογία, Ελληνικά Ακαδημαικά Ηλεκτρονικά Συγγράμματα και Βοηθήματα, ΣΕΑΒ 2015

Γ. Κεχαγιόγλου, Από τον ύστερο Μεσαίωνα ως τον 18 αιώνα. Εισαγωγή στα παλιότερα κείμενα της νεοελληνικής λογοτεχνίας, ΙΝΣ, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009
C. Carpinato-O. Tribulato (eds.), History and stories of the Greek language, ECF, Venice 2014
Κ. Τζαμαλή, Ι. Σκουνάκη, Στοιχεία Ελληνικής Ιστορίας και Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού, 2011, ISBN 978-960-7335-48-7,
The verification of the level of learning achieved is obtained through a written test and an oral test. In particular, the student will present the acquired theoretical knowledge in oral form. The level of language learning acquired through practical and oral tests will be evaluated.

Read: the student will show that he is able to read a short text correctly.
Writing: the student will demonstrate to be able to write orthographically correct, under dictation, a text containing vocabulary already acquired thanks to the linguistic exercises. He will compile simple grammatical exercises in the modern Greek and formulate a short written text (a letter, a summary, a description ...).
Understanding oral discourse: the student will summarize in Italian a short text pronounced in the Greek language containing lexicon, grammatical and syntactic forms of medium-high level.
Formulate an oral discourse: the student will answer in Italian to simple questions asked by the commission on topics treated in class, using the acquired linguistic knowledge.
Evaluation: grammar, morphology and syntax = evaluation of assimilation and precision in use; lexicon: consideration of the appropriate use of words; ability to manage speech (oral and written); ability to interact with the written text, in a conversation; fluent use of written and oral speech (correctly written and pronounced). Ability to organize a critical speech in Italian using theoretical and cultural knowledge (ie the theoretical and historical contents of the discipline.
Evaluation scheme: insufficient; sufficient (18-22); mediocre (23-25); good (26-27); very good (28-29); excellent (30, 30 cum laude).
The course takes place in the first semester of the academic year and is organized as follows: lecturer's lectures in the first semester, linguistic exercises (Dr. Liosatou and Carpinato) during the entire academic year.
The lectures of the teacher are divided into two sections: during the first hour, elements of the history of the Greek language are presented, focusing on the narrative and the Greek poetry; the second hour is dedicated to reading, analyzing, translating and listening to Greek literary texts.
The student will also use online learning material for self-learning. Will make active use of the moodle platform and the LIM.
In itinere tests will be assigned, which will be corrected and discussed in class and will form part of the final evaluation. In addition to lectures, attendance at seminars with guests from other universities and with writers, and attendance of MOOC courses set up for self-learning will be required.
Individual study and the ability to organize in-depth material will be assessed as evidence of acquired maturity.

Each teaching unit follows the same didactic criteria:

1. preparatory phase (problem solving): the topic is presented through a reference grid (what, where, when, who and how; proposed theme, history, environment, linguistic specificity).

2. operational phase (learning by doing) provides educational activities (reading and analysis, translations, use of the LIM board) to develop skills starting from hidden, inherent and previous knowledge: starting from the guided discovery of the basic vocabulary to identify words within the proposed texts.

3. reconstructive phase: (reflective learning), in order to activate the dynamic collaboration of those who are learning the method, the language and the contents.

4. evaluation phase (evaluation): before passing to the final phase of the exams (written and oral) students are invited during the course to take simple tests for the evaluation and self-assessment of what they have learned.

It is advised that you attend modern Greek language class (Mrs Liosatou's lessons).

ERASMUS exchanges (Athens, Corfu, Komotini).

We are planning a visit to the monuments of the Greek diaspora in Venice and meetings on relations between koinè and early modern Greek.
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 26/06/2022