This course presents an overview of the ways in which the languages of the world are similar to one another, the ways they differ from each other, the ways in which we group them, and why. The course unit includes an examination of the various language families of the world and considers some of the characteristic features of each large language group.

The course offers a comprehensive introduction to the principles and functions of human communication, with a particular focus on central aspects and approaches within communication theory.  Different models, aspects and subtypes of communication will be discussed in detail and exemplified with the analysis of conversations, based on real language data. Students will be equipped with the tools they need to understand and apply prominent communication and media theories.

This subject explores the essential characteristics of language as a human phenomenon and linguistic knowledge with the aim of understanding the fundamental principles of the language system. We will introduce some fundamental concepts of linguistics and study a range of linguistic subsystems – e.g. morphology and lexicon, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, phonetics and phonology – drawing on case studies from languages around the world. The scope of this course is to provide an introduction to modern linguistics and stimulate the understanding of all aspects of its subject – language. A brief overview of the main branches of linguistics will also be given.