A few words about myself

From 1989-1993, I studied Greek language and literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in 1994 I moved to Leiden (The Netherlands) in order to pursuit my studies on linguistics. In January 1999, I received my Ph.D. from Leiden University/Holland Institute of Linguistics. My dissertation, Headmost Accent Wins, dealt with a group of lexical accent systems and introduced a theory of accentuation that relied heavily on the interface of morphosyntactic principles with phonology. In 1998, I was awarded a Talent-Stipendium from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in order to carry out postdoctoral research at UMass, Amherst (USA) for a year. From 2000-2001, I taught graduate and undergraduate courses on phonetics, phonology, morphology and semantics at Boston University (Massachusetts, USA). In 2001, I was appointed as a Lecturer and later as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean (Rhodes). Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics (School of Philology), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

In 2008 I was awarded the Fulbright Scholar Program in order to carry out research on the evolution of accents in Greek at MIT and in 2009 I received, together with Dr. Vassilios Spyropoulos, the Meletes research grant by the J.S. Latsis Foundation (only 15 proposals out of the 713 applications were funded that year) for the documentation and preservation of Oftika Pontic spoken in the village of Nea Trapezounta (Prefecture of Pieria).

As a student and later as a scholar, I had the chance to be part of the academic life of many great Departments in Europe (e.g., Leiden University/LUCL, University of Konstanz, Cambridge University, University of Oxford) and the USA (e.g., Stanford University, UCSC, UMass, Amherst, MIT).


More information on my education and my academic profile can be found in my CV | Βιογραφικό.

My research

My primary research emphasis is on phonology and its interface with morphology and syntax. In my dissertation, I examine the stress behavior of a group of lexical accent systems, namely Greek, Russian, and a few Salish languages, and propose that stress assignment in such systems is, to a great extent, determined by morphosyntactic structure. I am also interested in morphosyntactic principles that play a role in prosodic constituent formation, especially in the area of cliticization. Another focal point of my research is the flow and processing of information between the components of Grammar and, especially, the question of whether phonology reflects differences in the processing of syntactic material. The interface is the focus of my research but it does not monopolize my scientific interests. During and following my graduate studies, I worked on other areas of phonology such as stress typology, evolution of stress, the Iambic/Trochaic Law, vowel harmony, and so on. I have also a profound interest in the dialects of the Dodecanese (e.g. Symi Rhodes, Karpathos) as well as in contact-induced systems and, especially, those varieties of Greek that have been in long-term contact with Turkish (e.g. Asia Minor Greek, Ofitika Pontic, Rhodian Muslim Greek, etc.).

Moreover, I have collaborated with Dr. Marina Tzakosta (University of Crete) and Dr. Spyridoula Varlokosta (University of Athens) on (typical and atypical) phonological acquisition where my focus was mainly on the architecture of early grammars and the formal expression of learning paths as these are revealed in the speech of young learners of Greek.

I am also increasingly interested in experimental approaches to linguistics and especially on processing. In collaborative work with my colleague Despoina Papadopoulou and a group of students, we explore how native speakers and L2 learners of Greek perceive and process stress and prosodic structure in simple words and compounds. I am also involved in a project on the prosodic form of acronymic constructions awarded to Kalomoira Nikolou (AUTh & University of the Aegean) by the State Scholarship Foundation (ΙΚΥ). Moreover, in collaboration with Dr. Angelos Lengeris and a group of students, we explore the perception of Greek stress by native speakers of Greek and speakers who are bilingual in (a) Greek and German and (b) Greek and Turkish. The aims of this line of research is to unveil whether speakers have biases for a specific stress pattern.

Finally, as a Scientific Coordinator of the Action “Reinforcement of the mother tongue”, which is a component of the larger Project ‘Education of Immigrant and RepatriateStudents’ awarded to Prof. dr. Anna Anastassiadis-Symeonidis (Dept. of Linguistics, AUTh) and funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013, I collaborated with a group of linguists, language instructors and educators in order to: (a) develop comparative studies of Greek and Russian and Greek and Albanian, (b) produce the appropriate linguistic material for teaching to first and secondary education students their native tongue, and (c) create a framework for the preservation of bilingualism. This projected resulted in: (a) two lengthy comparative grammatical descriptions of Albanian-Greek and Russian-Greek, (b) teaching material and grammars for the teaching of Albanian and Russian to young students (9-12 years old) with the respective languages as heritage languages and (c) a series of articles on bilingual and intercultural education. One of the byproducts of this collaboration, 'The 7 Keys of the dragon', an e-learning environment for teaching Albanian and Russian, was awarded the European Language Label 2013.


More information on my research interests can be found in the Research page of this website.