Research Team

The Research team of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects is directed by Prof. Angela Ralli and consists of members of the academic staff of the Dept. of Philology (Assoc. Prof. Dimitris Papazachariou), Doctors of Linguistics (Dimitra Melissaropoulou, Nikos Koutsoukos, Christos Papanagiotou), Ph.D. students (Vasiliki Makri, Michalis Marinis, Giorgos Chairetakis, Dimitris Simiris), postgraduate students (Vasileia Alexelli, Vasiliki Mouchtouri, Stavros Bompolas), external collaborators (Prof. Argyris Archakis, Assoc. Prof. George Xydopoulos, Ass. Prof. Thodoris Markopoulos (University of Patras), Dr. Ioanna Manolessou (Researcher of the Academy of Athens), Dr. Marios Andreou, Dr. Symeon Tsolakidis, Marianna Gkiouleka, Metin Bagriacik, Charalambos Tsimbouris), and occasionally doctoral students from abroad. The Team collaborates with linguists active in dialectology in Greece and abroad.

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Professor Angela Ralli

Professor of Linguistics, Member of the Academia Europaea.
Angela Ralli is Professor of Linguistics, Member of the Academia Europaea and Director of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects. From 2006 to 2010, she has been Chair of the Department of Philology and since January 2013, she is member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Patras. Born in Mytilene (Lesbos island), she is married to Stratis Hadjipanayotis and mother of Panayotis-Angelos.
Angela Ralli specializes in morphology and has a particular interest in dialectal morphology. She has over 150 publications, has directed several research projects, and during her academic career she has been awarded with: a) Faculty Enrichment Award, Canadian Government 1999, b) VLAC Research Fellowship, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts 2008, c) Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellowship, Princeton University 2012, d) VLAC Research Fellowship, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts 2014.
Angela Ralli has been an invited scholar of many universities, among which:  Amsterdam, Boğazıçı (Istanbul), Bologna, Cambridge, Gakushuin (Tokyo), Geneva, Pisa, McGill, Ohio-State University, University of Bologna, Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), Safarik (Slovakia), Simon Fraser (Vancouver), Tilburg, Torino, Toronto, Trondheim, UQAM (Montréal).

Associate Professor Dimitrios Papazachariou

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Dimitris Papazachariou is associate professor at the department of Philology, at the University of Patras, specialising in Dialectology and Phonetics. His research interests focus on the phonological structure (segmental and prosodic) of the modern Greek dialects, as well as the mechanisms of linguistic variation and change, especially in contact conditions. Furthermore, he is devoted to the development and expansion of the dialectal multimodal corpus GreeD, -i.e. the dialectal corpus that "hosts" all the collected data of the research projects that are held within the Laboratory of the Modern Greek Dialects-. The last fifteen years he has participated in nine research projects and he has supervised two (i.e. a: «Dialect Contact and Mechanisms of language change: Dialectal study of Patras dialect (supported by the Research committee of the University of Patras), and b: «Documentation and Description of Cappadocian» (in collaboration with prof. Mark Janse and Angela Ralli, supported by SOAS University).

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PhDs

Dr. Dimitra Melissaropoulou


Dimitra Melissaropoulou is both a graduate and a doctor of Linguistics of the University of Patras. Her research interests focus mainly on the fields of morphology, dialectal variation, dialectal typology and language contact. Topics on these particular areas of linguistic research were addressed both at her PhD dissertation (with a scholarship HERAKLEITOS funded by the European Science Foundation and the Greek Ministry of Education) and her post-doctoral research (with a scholarship by the Greek Scholarships Foundation). Her experience involves participation both as a graduate student and a Post Doctoral fellow in the planning and implementation of a significant number of research projects on dialect documentation, description, and analysis (particularly for the varieties of Grico, Aivaliot, Lesvian, Cappadocian, Pontic, Turkish-Cretan, and the dialect of Megara) hosted at the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects. Her publications address issues on the diachronic and synchronic study of Modern Greek dialects and Standard Modern Greek, based both on fieldwork and written sources.

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Dr. Nikos Koutsoukos


Nikos Koutsoukos has a BA (2006) in Greek Philology (specialisation: Linguistics, University of Athens), MA (2009) in Comparative Linguistics and Linguistic Variation (University of Patras) and a Ph.D. (2013) from the University of Patras. His research interests include, but are not limited to: word formation (especially the relation between inflection and derivation), the interface between word formation and phonology, and morphological variation. He was a visiting student at the University of Salzburg (2005), Leiden University-LUCL (2008, 2011-2012). He has participated in four research projects as either a post-graduate student (2008, 2009-2010) or a post-doc researcher (2014-2015). As of December 2015, he is currently working as a post-doc researcher at Université catholique de Louvain on a project under the title ‘(A)symmetries in morphological structures and inflection: a comparative constructionist approach in European languages’ (‘Move-In Louvain’ project co-funded by the Marie Curie Actions).

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Dr. Christos Papanagiotou

Christos Papanagiotou has obtained his Bachelor and MA from the Department of Philology of the University of Patras (Linguistics Section). He has completed his PhD research on morphology under the supervision of Prof. Angela Ralli (Advisory Committee: Xydopoulos Georgos (University of Patras) and Arxakis Argiris (University of Patras)). The title of his thesis is: ‘Morphological analysis of sublanguage of football’. His research interests include morphology, sublanguages and dialectal lexicons. As a member of the Laboratory of Modern Greek dialects, he has participated in several research projects.

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PhD CANDIDATES

Vasiliki Makri

Vasiliki Makri has obtained a BA (2010) in English Language and Literature (specialisation: Linguistics, University of Athens) and a MA (2009) in Comparative Linguistics and Linguistic Variation (University of Patras). She is currently carrying out her PhD research on morphology and language contact under the supervision of Prof. Angela Ralli (Advisory Committee: Prof. Greville Corbett (University of Surrey) and Prof. Anna Maria Thornton (University of L’ Aquila). The title of her thesis is: ‘The formal expression of grammatical gender in Modern Greek Dialects affected by Romance’. She works on gender assignment to nominal loanwords with special focus the Modern Greek dialects affected by Romance varieties. Her research interests include, but are not limited to: morphology, gender, word formation, the interface between morphology and semantics, and dialectal variation.

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Michalis Marinis

Michalis Marinis is a PhD Candidate in Linguistics at the University of Patras, Department of Philology. He has a BA in Greek Philology with a specialization in Linguistics and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Patras. Marinis's PhD research, under the supervision of (a) Prof. Angela Ralli (University of Patras), (b) Prof. Brian Joseph (Ohio State University) and (c) Dr. Io Manolessou (Academy of Athens), is about the organization of nominal inflectional paradigms in Modern Greek dialects influenced by contact with Italian and Turkish. His research interests include, but are not limited to, word formation, inflection, mental lexicon, language contact and borrowing, and dialectal variation. He has participated, among others, in the research project “Morphology and Language Contact: Greek dialects in contact with Turkish and Italian” (MORILAN), and he is a member of the organizing committee of Conferences in Linguistics.

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Giorgios Chairetakis

George Chairetakis has a BA (2012) in Philology (specialization: Linguistics, University of Patras) and a MA (2015) in Modern approaches to language and texts (University of Patras). Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics (University of Patras). The title of his doctoral thesis is “The morphology of the Cretan Dialect”. His supervisor is Professor Angela Ralli (University of Patras) and the members of his supervising committee are Associate Professor Dimitris Papazachariou (University of Patras) and Assistant Professor Theodoros Markopoulos (University of Patras). His research interests include: Language Contact, Inflectional Morphology, Derivational Morphology, Compounding and Mental Lexicon. As a member of the Laboratory of Modern Greek dialects, he has participated in the following projects: (a) “Aristeia” program: Morphology in language contact: Greek in contact with Turkish and Italian, (b) Leventis foundation research committee: GRECO (Retaining Greek in “Enclaved” COmmunities): Greek as a mother tongue among Turkish Cypriots in Cyprus and Cunda Cretans in Turkey.

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Dimitrios Simiris

Dimitrios Simiris has a BA in Greek Philology (specialization: Linguistics, University of Patras) and a Master in Comparative Linguistics and Linguistic Variation at the same University. He is currently a Ph.D student under the supervision of Prof. A. Ralli. His research focus is on dialectology (especially on the Heptanesian dialect of the island of Ithaca). He also teaches Greek as a foreign/second Language in various programs of the Ministry of Education.

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GRADUATE STUDENTS

Vasileia Alexelli

Vaso Alexelli has a BA in Greek Philology with specialization in Linguistics (University of Patras). She is a MA student in Linguistics at the same university and her research interests include morphology, dialectal variation and language contact. Her MA thesis, under the supervision of Professor Angela Ralli, is about nominal loanwords and how they are accommodated in Lesbian and Heptanesian. From 2012, she is a member of the Laboratory of Modern Greek dialects and participates in several research projects with special focus on Lesbian and Aivaliot, while she has actively participated in several conferences. She is a member of the organizing committee of the 6th International Conference on Modern Greek Dialects & Linguistic Theory (MGDLT6) and the 4th Patras International Conference of Graduate Students in Linguistics (PICGL4).

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Vasiliki Mouchtouri

Vasiliki Mouchtouri has a BA in Greek Philology from University of Patras (Specialization: Linguistics). She is a second-year postgraduate student of the MA Programme “Modern Approaches to Language and Texts” in Department of Philology of University of Patras. In the matter of research she is interested in morphology and study of Modern Greek dialects, mainly those of Asia Minor. During the preparation of her undergraduate thesis she was occupied with the inflection in the dialect of Cappadocian and particularly with the distinction of dialect’s  inflection classes. She has participated in research projects “THALIS: Pontus, Cappadocia, Aivali: In search of Asia Minor Greek” and “ARISTEIA: Morphology and language contact: Modern Greek dialects in contact with Turkish and Italian”, (2012-2015, Project Coordinator Prof. Angela Ralli).

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Stavros Bompolas

Stavros Bompolas has a BA in Greek Philology (Specialisation: Linguistics) from the University of Patras. Currently, he is a student in the MA Programme “Modern Approaches to Language and Text” at the same University. He has participated in the research programmes: “Pontus, Cappadocia, Aivali: In search of Asia Minor Greek. THALIS Programme, 2012-2015” and “Morphology and language contact: Modern Greek dialects in contact with Turkish and Italian. Morilan Project-Aristeia, 2012-2015» (Project Coordinator: Prof. Angela Ralli). Ηis research interests centre around Computational Linguistics and Morphology. During the academic year 2013-14, he completed his internship in the field of Language Technology under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dimitris Papazachariou.

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External Collaborators

Professor Αrgiris Archakis

Αrgiris Archakis is Professor of Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistics in the Department of Philology at the University of Patras in Greece, where he has been working since 1997. He has carried out research and published extensively on the analysis of various discourse genres, such as youth conversational narratives, classroom discourse, parliamentary discourse, and media discourse as well as on (adult) students’ literacy. He has directed research teams funded by the University of Patras and by the European Union. His publications include articles in (among others) Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Sociolinguistics, International Journal of Humor Research, Pragmatics, Multilingua, Narrative Inquiry, Discourse & Society, Pragmatics & Society Journal of Language and Politics, Journal of Greek Linguistics. He is co-author of the book The Narrative Construction of Identities in Critical Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

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Associate Professor George J. Xydopoulos

Dr. George J. Xydopoulos is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Philology of the University of Patras. He studied French at the University of Athens and specialized in Linguistics (MA) at the School of Oriental Studies and the University College (PhD) of the University of London. For the last twenty years, he has taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in General Linguistics at SOAS and UCL in London, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Patras, the University of Ioannina and the Hellenic Open University. His research and teaching interests fall within the areas of lexicology, lexical semantics, the syntax-semantics interface, lexicography and educational linguistics.

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Assistant Professor Theodore Markopoulos

Theodore Markopoulos studied Greek Philology and Linguistics at the University of Athens (2000). He then followed the “MPhil in Linguistics” course at the University of Cambridge (2002), where he also obtained his PhD degree (2006). His doctoral dissertation deals with the development of the Greek future-referring periphrastic constructions (a revised version was published by OUP with the title “The Future in Greek: From Ancient to Medieval”). He has written on a variety of issues, and his main research interests are the development of the Modern Greek dialects and the language contact situation in the Greek-speaking world, while on a more theoretical level he is engaged with grammaticalization and historical sociolinguistics studies. He is currently a Lecturer in the history of Greek at the University of Patras.

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Dr. Io Manolessou

Researcher, Center of Research of Modern Greek Dialects, Academy of Athens
Dr. Io Manolessou is interested in diachronic morphology, dialectal research on phonology and morphology, diachronic syntax and Medieval Greek grammars.
She collaborates with the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects on topics of diachronic dialectal research.

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Dr. Symeon Tsolakidis

Researcher of Historical Linguistics
Simeon Tsolakidis has a BA (1992) in Greek Philology (specialisation: Linguistics), MA (1995) in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Linguistics (2002) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include, but are not limited to: Greek morphosyntax (with emphasis on counterfactual and perfect periphrastic structures) and Modern Greek etymology (especially concerning the dialectal vocabulary). He has taught in the universities of Patras and Thessaloniki and (as an assistant professor) in Frederick University Cyprus (2009-2012). Αdditionally, he has participated as a post-doctoral fellow in the research project “The Dialect of Eastern Lesbos: Description and Analysis” (2005-2007). He is currently a researcher in the project “Pontus, Cappadocia, Aivali: in search of Asia Minor Greek” (2012-2015), project coordinator: Angela Ralli, Prof. at the University of Patras), where he is engaged in the composition of the etymological part of the tri-dialectal electronic dictionary of the Asia Minor Modern Greek. Besides, he is a member of ENeL WG4 TASK GROUP - European Roots (project coordinator: Alina Villalva, University of Lisbon), aiming to produce an electronic dictionary prototype for the roots of simple words (and their derivatives) in European languages.

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Dr.  Marios Andreou

Marios Andreou has obtained his Bachelor and MA from the Department of Philology of the University of Patras (Linguistics Section) and a PhD on morphology and lexical semantics under the supervision of Prof. Angela Ralli (Advisory Committee: Prof. Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire), Prof. Brian Joseph (Ohio State University)). The title of his thesis is: ‘Headedness in word formation and lexical semantics: evidence from Italiot and Cypriot’. His research interests include, but are not limited to word formation, lexical semantics and the morphology-syntax interface. As a member of the Laboratory of Modern Greek dialects, he has participated in several research projects. As of August 2015, he is a member of the research team of «DFG Collaborative Research Centre 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science» of Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (http://www.sfb991.uni-duesseldorf.de/en/the-structure-of-representations-in-language-cognition-and-science/).

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Dr. Metin Bağrıaçık

Metin Bağrıaçık is a PhD student at Ghent University, Belgium. He has obtained his BA from Boğaziçi University, Turkey and holds an MSci degree in Linguistics from the University of Patras, Greece. His main research interests are morpho-syntactic change and/or borrowing in Asia Minor geographical domain, encompassing Turkish, Greek and Armenian dialects. His PhD dissertation investigates the extended CP layer, i.e., the syntax of complementation patterns and mood/modality markers in Cappadocian and Pharasiot Greek dialects of Asia Minor. He also simultaneously works on the DP structure of the same dialects, and has also published on word formation processes, such as reduplication, compounding and derivation, in Turkish, Greek and Armenian dialects.

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PhD Candidate Charalampos Tsimpouris

Charalampos Tsimpouris was born in Patras, in 1985. He graduated in June of 2008 from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of Patras. He has pursued a PhD at the Wire Communication's Labarotary at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the same University. Research Interests: Data Mining, Computational Linguistics.

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Dr. Marianna Gkiouleka

Marianna Gkiouleka has a BA (2009) in Greek Philology (specialization: Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). She has obtained a MA Degree in Historical and Balkan Linguistics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, under the supervision of Prof. Ch. Tzitzilis and has received scholarships both from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Marc Bloch Université de Strasbourg. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Patras, under the supervision of Prof. A. Ralli (Advisory board: Ass. Prof. Ν. Pantelidis (University of Athens), Kristel van Goethem, Chercheuse (Université Catholique de Louvain)). She writes her dissertation within the framework of THALIS - AMiGre research program. It is entitled 'Affixoids in the Pontic Dialect’. Her research interests include morphological phenomena in dialectal variation and language – contact situations.  

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Friends and ex-collaborators 

Dr. Eleonora Dimela, 
Dr. Athanasios Karasimos, 
Dr. Maria Koliopoulou, 
Konstantina Balasi, 
Katerina Fragkopoulou, 
Foteini Karanikola
 
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