I am a linguist. I hold a B.A. in Greek Philology and a M.A. as well as a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Athens, Greece.
My central research interests focus on language change and typology, with semantics being the main connecting thread. My doctoral dissertation was a diachronic study of the semantics of ancient Greek prepositions (mainly of the allative eis), in which I relied on the analytical tools of cognitive linguistics and adopted a typological perspective. In the years after my Ph.D., I was involved in several funded research projects, which can be thematically divided into two main axes. The first axis pertains to the examination of the cross-linguistic differences in the linguistic construal of motion. The second axis refers to the detection of cross-linguistic commonalities in the polysemy patterns manifested by semantically comparable linguistic expressions.
In the past, I held various academic positions at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), at the Free University of Berlin (Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi), the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Münster and the University of Kassel (Germany). As of 2012, I have taught various courses on historical linguistics, cognitive linguistics, lexical semantics, pragmatics, empirical methods in linguistics, and the trilingual text of the Rosetta Stone (Teaching Award).
historical linguistics; historical semantics; linguistic typology; lexical typology; semantic maps; visualization techniques; linguistics of space; cognitive linguistics; construction grammar; empirical methods.
My current project
I am currently a Marie Curie BeIPD Cofund Postdoctoral Fellow (Grant number: 600405) at the University of Liège (ULg). My project “Lexical Diachronic Semantic Maps: representing and explaining meaning extension” (abbr. "Le Diasema"), in which I collaborate with Dr. Stéphane Polis (University of Liège), covers key topics in the areas of Typology, Historical Linguistics, and Semantics.
“Le Diasema” is situated within the tradition of the semantic map methodology and aims to contribute to the fields of linguistic typology, historical linguistics, and semantics as well as to foster the use of visualization techniques in these fields.
More detailed information on “Le Diasema” you may find in the project’s website: http://web.philo.ulg.ac.be/lediasema/