REMgr09 The "Katharevousa"

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught online.
Mgr. Bc. Kateřina Bočková Loudová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Bc. Kateřina Bočková Loudová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 12:00–13:40 A22
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is:
- to acquire a deep knowledge of the "language question" in the 19th and 20th cent. Greece, first of all of the language form called "Katharevousa";
- to understand the causes of diglossia in Greece in historical context;
- to acquire a good practical knowledge of Katharevousa while reading and analysing the period texts (Korais, Kodrikas, Kommitas, Gregorius V., Roidis, Papadiamantis, etc.).
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will understand the Greek "language question" and the term "Katharevousa". They will be able to describe functional differentiation of Greek language and the emergence of diglossia in Greece. They will be familiar with grammar of Katharevousa and they will use this skill in reading and translating of period texts.
  • 1.-3. Emergence and development of Greek diglossia from Antiquity up to the present.
  • 4.-9. Emergence and development of the Greek "language question" (glossiko zitima).
  • 10.-11. Grammar system of Katharevousa.
  • 12.-13. Language analysis of chosen texts.
  • KORDATOS, Janis. Dimotikismos ke lojotatismos. 4. vydání. Athina: Ekdosis Bukumani, 1947. 259 pp. info
  • TZARTZANOS, Achill. A. Grammatiki tis neas ellinikis glossis (tis aplis katharevusis). 2. vydání. Athina: Ekdosis Kakulidi, 1945. 212 pp. ISBN 960-85053-3-X. info
  • TSIUNIS, Spyros. Epitomo neo lexiko tis ellinikis glossas - dimotikis-katharevusas. Athina, 1111. 1517 pp. Ekdosis Faros. info
  • BROWNING, Robert. I elliniki glossa meseoniki ke nea. 2. vydání. Athina: Ekdosis Dim. N. Papadima, 1991. 299 pp. ISBN 960-206-228-2. info
  • DIMITRAKOS, D. Neon lexikon orthografikon ke erminevtikon olis tis ellinikis glossis. Archeas - meseonikis - katharevusis - dimotikis. 3rd ed. [s.l.], 1969. Ekd. ikos Chr. Jovanis. info
  • MACKRIDGE, Peter. Language and national identity in Greece, 1766-1976. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. xiv, 385. ISBN 9780199214426. info
  • NIEHOFF-PANAGIOTIDIS, Johannes. Koine und Diglossie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 1994. ix, 646. ISBN 3447035005. info
Teaching methods
Planned learning activities and teaching methods consist of lectures, reading and analysis of Greek texts written in Katharevousa.
Assessment methods
The course ends with an oral exam (duration: 30 min). In order to be awarded credits, students have to demonstrate the knowledge of the history and grammar of Katharevousa and the ability of correct interpretation and translation of a selected part of the Greek text.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
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