Dialectal & Diachronic Syntax of Romance and Greek

I am University Reader in Spanish and Historical Linguistics  at the  Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Linguistics and Modern and Medieval Languages at Queens’ College, Cambridge, which I joined as University Lecturer in Romance Philology in 2004.  


Prior to my Cambridge appointment I worked as a postdoctoral researcher, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen M. Meisel, at the Research Centre on 'Multilingualism' at the University of Hamburg investigating word order in Old Romance, the licensing of subjects in Old French and the loss of null subjects in the history of French due to contact with Germanic (2002-2005).


I received my PhD in Romance linguistics at the University of Manchester (2002). My doctoral dissertation is entitled ‘The synchrony and diachrony of Romance infinitives with nominative subjects’ and was supervised by Prof. Nigel Vincent.


My MA dissertation from University College London (1998) was on ‘Greek and Romance Ethic Datives’. I hold a BA in French Philology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1997), part of which was spent at the University of Lisbon (1997) studying Portuguese and Romance linguistics.


My main areas of research are comparative and diachronic syntax of the Romance languages, in particular 13th Century and dialectal Spanish, and also dialectal Greek, especially Pontic Greek and Cypriot Greek. The areas in which I carry out research are: the relationship between syntactic change and acquisition, language contact, micro-variation, and phylogenies.


My research has been published in journals such as Diachronica (twice), Lingua (thrice), Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Folia Linguistica, Catalan Journal of Linguistics, Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, The Italianist. I am the author of numerous chapters in books (with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, John Benjamins, Routledge, Visor, among others). My research has been funded by British Academy twice (#SRG-102639; #SRG 48312) and the University of Cambridge several times (Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme 2014; Newton Trust Small Research Grant 2010; Early Career Fellowship by CRASSH in 2008). In Lent 2012, I received a research buyout by the research project ISWOC, at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo, to collaborate on information structure and word order change in the earlier stages of Portuguese and Spanish. For my research on Romeyka I was awarded the Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellowship in Hellenic Studies by Princeton University in Spring 2011 and a Research Fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University in Winter 2015.


I am happy to supervise students on subjects connected to my research and beyond. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.