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), postdoctoral researchers (dr. Christos Papanagiotou), Ph.D. candidates (Vasiliki Makri, Michalis Marinis, George Chairetakis, Vasileia Alexelli, Vasiliki Mouchtouri, Stavros Bompolas), external collaborators (Prof. Argyris Archakis, Assoc. Prof. George Xydopoulos, Assoc. Prof. Dimitra Melissaropoulou, Ass. Prof. Thodoris Markopoulos (University of Patras), Dr. Ioanna Manolessou (Researcher of the Academy of Athens), Dr. Marios Andreou, Dr. Symeon Tsolakidis, Dr. Marianna Gkiouleka, Dr. Metin Bagriacik, PhD Candidate Charalambos Tsimbouris, Dr. Nikos Koutsoukos), and occasionally doctoral students from abroad. The Team collaborates with linguists active in dialectology in Greece and abroad.



Professor Angela Ralli

Professor of Linguistics, Member of the Academia Europaea.
Angela Ralli is Professor of General Linguistics at the Department of Philology (Linguistics Division) of the University of Patras, elected member of the University Council and director of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects ( In 2013, she was elected ordinary member of the Academia Europaea.
Angela Ralli received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Montreal, speaks fluently four languages (Greek, English, French, Italian) and has a research competence in Turkish, Spanish and German. 
Her main expertise area is theoretical morphology, particularly Greek morphology and its dialectal variation, and recently, she has developed a special interest in language-contact issues. She is mainly interested in the Asia Minor Dialects (Aivaliot, Pontic Cappadocian), which were affected by Turkish, and in those influenced by Italo-Romance (e.g. Grekanico (Greek of South Italy). Her work is highly praised internationally, is cited in many influential studies and deals with several issues of word formation, theoretical and applied, and the relation of morphological change and language contact. She has published 5 books, about 136 peer-review articles, has edited 18 collective volumes and, till now, has presented her work in 58 international conferences. She is the editor of Patras Working Papers in Linguistics, member of the editorial board of international journals (e.g. Word Structure), reviewer of many international journals (e.g. Lingua), publishing houses (e.g. Oxford University Press) and member of the evaluation committees of international conferences (e.g. Mediterranean Morphology Meeting).
Angela Ralli is a leading scholar of international fame. She has been an invited professor at 39 European and American Universities, a keynote speaker in 31 international conferences, has taught a morphology class in 4 international summer schools, 3 in Greece and 1 in Italy, and has been awarded the Canadian Faculty Enrichment Award (1999), the Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellowship (Princeton University, 2012), and the VLAC Research Fellowship of the Belgian Royal Academy (2008, 2009 and 2014). She was/is the supervisor of several M.A theses and 19 Ph.D dissertations. Moreover, she was/is a member of the supervising committee of 10 Ph.Ds, as well as the external examiner of 10 Ph.Ds in Greece and abroad. 
Seven of her ex-Ph.D students are currently employed in the following academic institutions:
Dimitra Melissaropoulou (University of Thessaloniki) - Associate Professor
Asimakis Fliatouras (University of Thrace) – Assistant Professor
Marios Andreou (University of Düsseldorf, Germany) – Post-doc Researcher
Nikos Koutsoukos (Université Louvain la Neuve, Belgium) – Post-doc Researcher
Maria Koliopoulou (University of Insbruck, Austria) – Post-doc Researcher
Athanasios Karasimos (Open Greek University) – Assistant Professor under contract
Christos Papanagiotou (Open Greek University) – Assistant Professor under contract 
Angela Ralli has directed/directs 21 European and Greek projects on morphology and the Greek dialects, two of which, THALIS and ARISTEIA, have been evaluated first and second in Greece, respectively, in the field of Humanities, and participated/participates in 16 international projects, among which, those of Cambridge, CNR (Pisa) and Université du Québec à Montréal). Last year, she received a Niarchos foundation (New York branch) grant to investigate and document the history and language of Greek immigrants in Canada, in collaboration with colleagues from three Canadian Universities, McGill, York and Simon Fraser.  
In 1997, Angela Ralli founded the Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM, together with Geert Booij and Sergio Scalise), while in 2000, she founded the Laboratory/Centre of Modern Greek Dialects, the first in a Greek academic milieu, and began to organize the International Conference of Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory (MGDLT). The Laboratory, its publications and MGDLT (see full-size CV) have contributed to the revival of interest concerning dialectal research in Greece. 
Angela Ralli is particularly active in the field of preserving language heritage. In this framework, she has conducted research expeditions to South Italy, Pontus, Cappadocia, Cunda (former Moschonisi) and Aivali (today’s Ayvalik) and has documented linguistic systems which are on the way to extinction. Her Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects has now about 440 hours of dialectal oral corpora, organized in databases. She has also edited and published unedited dialectal texts, the first linguistically-based dictionary of Lesbian, Moschonisiot and Aivaliot, and is currently building an electronic dialectal map for Lesbos, the first to be ever produced in Greece ( Angela Ralli is very effective into achieving international collaborations. She has accomplished 32 Erasmus agreements with Universities from 12 European countries and Turkey and 2 cooperation agreements with Canadian Universities.

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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Postdoctoral Researchers

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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Vasiliki Makri

Vasiliki Makri has obtained a BA in English Language and Literature with specialization in Linguistics from the University of Athens. She was the first ranked (highest GPA) graduate and was the valedictorian. She has been granted a Financial Prize and Honorary Scholarship IKY for the three academic years of her studies. She has obtained 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). She works on gender assignment to nominal loanwords with special focus on the Modern Greek dialects affected by Romance varieties. She has been offered a scholarship by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Her research interests include, but are not limited to: morphology, gender, word formation, the interface between morphology and semantics, and dialectal variation. She has been a member of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects since 2011.  As a researcher she has participated in several research projects on morphology, language contact and language variation. She has participated with oral presentations or posters in more than 17 international conferences and she has published papers in more than 12 edited journals, peer-reviewed collective volumes and peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

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Michalis Marinis

Michalis Marinis is a PhD Candidate in Linguistics at the University of Patras, where he earned a BA and an MA in the same field. He has been offered scholarships by both the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (ΙΚΥ) and the Greek Foundation on Research and Innovation (ΕΛΙΔΕΚ). His research interests include, but are not limited to, word formation, inflection, mental lexicon, language contact and dialectal variation. Marini’s PhD research, which is supervised by Professor Angela Ralli (University of Patras & Academia Europaea), Distinguished Professor Brian D. Joseph (Ohio State University) and Ioanna Manolessou (Senior Researcher, Academy of Athens), is about the (re)organization of nominal inflectional paradigms under the light of intensive language contact. He has been a member of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects since 2012. As a researcher he has participated in two projects on morphology, language contact and language variation: (a) Morphology and Language Contact: Greek dialects in contact with Turkish and Italian (2012-2015), and (b) McGILL: Immigration and Language in Canada: Greeks and Greek-Canadians (2017-2018). His publications, based both on fieldwork and written sources, are mainly about inflectional morphology and borrowability in Modern Greek dialects. 

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George 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. During the academic year 2011-2012, he completed his internship in the field of Language Technology under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dimitris Papazachariou. He has been a member of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects since 2012. Furthermore, he has participated/participates in the following research programs: (a) “Aristeia” program: Morphology in language contact: Greek in contact with Turkish and Italian (2012-2015), (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 (2014-2016), (c) McGILL: Immigration and Language in Canada: Greeks and Greek-Canadians (2017-2018).

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Vasileia Alexelli

Vasileia Alexelli is a PhD Candidate in Linguistics at the Department of Philology at the University of Patras. She has received her BA and MA degree from the same department with specialization in Linguistics. Her research interests include morphology, dialectal variation and language contact. Her PhD dissertation, under the supervision of Professor Angela Ralli, is titled “Mapping the dialectal variation of the island of Lesvos”. Since 2012, she has been 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 was 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 is a PhD Candidate in Linguistics in the Department of Philology at the University of Patras. He has a BA Honours (“Excellent” grade: 8,89/10) and a Master’s degree (“Excellent” grade: 9,81/10) from the same Department. His research focuses on Computational Linguistics and Morphology. As part of his postgraduate dissertation entitled “Lexical self-organization in the acquisition and processing of Modern Greek conjugation: an artificial neural network approach”, he was a visiting student at the “Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale «A. Zampolli» - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche” (Pisa, Italy) for six months. The results of his MA dissertation were presented at the “3rd Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics” and his presentation got the “Distinguished Young Paper Award”. In his PhD dissertation, he is working on the digital methods used in the field of Geolinguistics, supervised by prof. Angela Ralli (University of Patras), assoc. professor Dimitra Melissaropoulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and prof. Walter Daelemans (University of Antwerp). He has actively participated in three projects of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects (LMGD) since 2014. He is currently participating in the research project “Digitizing the Cappadocian Dialectal Landscape” (funded by the H.F.R.I.). He has participated in conferences with oral and poster presentation. He has also published the results of his work in conference proceedings and journals. He is professional at academic editing working for the publications of the LMGD and as a freelancer.

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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 and Greek (BA Hons) at the University of Athens and specialized in Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (MA; SOAS) and at University College London (PhD; UCL) of the University of London. For the last twenty-five 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 current research and teaching interests fall within the areas of lexicology (lexical morphosemantics, special and subcultural vocabularies), lexical semantics, lexicography and educational linguistics.

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Associate Professor 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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Assistant Professor Theodore Markopoulos

Theodore Markopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Patras in Greece. After receiving his PhD at the University of Cambridge (2006), he has written extensively on a variety of issues related to the history of Greek, including language contact in Medieval Greek, the morphosyntax of Modern Greek dialects and contact-induced grammaticalization in older languages. His main research interests are morphosyntactic change (especially with regard to analytic constructions and their development), language contact and historical sociolinguistics.

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Dr. Io Manolessou

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

Simeon Tsolakidis has a BA (1992) in Greek Philology, MA (1995) in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Linguistics (2002) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include the Greek counterfactual and perfect periphrastic structures, and Modern Greek etymology. He has taught in the universities of Patras and Thessaloniki and in Frederick University Cyprus. Αdditionally, he has participated as a post-doctoral fellow in the research project “The Dialect of Eastern Lesbos: Description and Analysis” (2005-2007) and as 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 was engaged in the composition of the etymological part of the tri-dialectal electronic dictionary of the Asia Minor Modern Greek. He is currently participating as a researcher in Imigrec project (2016-2018; supervisor Panagiotis Pappas, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University).

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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 the theoretical and computational modeling of morphosyntax, lexical semantics and pragmatics. 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 (

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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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Dr. Nikos Koutsoukos

Nikos Koutsoukos has BA degree in Greek Philology (specialisation: Linguistics) from the University of Athens (2006), a MA degree in Comparative Linguistics and Linguistic Variation (2009), and a Ph.D. degree (2013) in morphology from the University of Patras. In his doctoral thesis, he examined the relation between inflection and derivation within the framework of Construction Grammar. He has been visiting student at the University of Salzburg (2005, Erasmus Programme) and visiting researcher at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics-University of Leiden (2008, LLP Programme and 2011-2012). He has participated in 4 research projects on morphological variation, language contact and creation of multimodal dialectal databases as a graduate student and post-doc researcher at the University of Patras. As of December 2015, he is working as a post-doc researcher at Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He has accomplished the research 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) (December 2015-September 2017), while currently he is working as a chargé de recherches (post-doctoral researcher) on the research project ‘The life cycle of pleonastic morphology: an integrative constructionist approach’ (F.R.S.-FNRS). His research interests include, but are not limited to: the relation between form and meaning in morphological structures, Construction Morphology, the interface between morphology and phonology, and morphological variation.   

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Friends and ex-collaborators 

Dr. Eleonora Dimela 
Dr. Athanasios Karasimos
Dr. Maria Koliopoulou 
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