Research Programmes

Members of the Teaching and Research Staff of the Linguistics Section have taken part as project leaders or team members in a host of research and education programmes covering a range of fields that are included in the general research interests represented by the Section’s academic staff.

EPET II (November 1999 – May 2001)

Development of the WORDNET, electronic semantic network

Funded by: European Union (EU) – General Secretariat for Research and Technology
Project leader
: Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)
Collaborators: Giannoula Giannoulopoulou, Argyris Archakis.

The aim of this project was to design and develop a semantics databank for the vocabulary of Greek based on the corresponding international electronic WordNet network.

 

INTERREG II, Measure 5,4 (January 2000 – December 2001)

Recording and analysis of the Grico dialect of Southern Italy

Funded by: EU – Ministry of National Economy
Project Leader: Prof. Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)
Collaborators: Dr Argyris Archakis, Dr Dimitris Papazachariou (Linguistics)

Over an 18-month period, a 15-member research group of students and teachers of the Department of Philology of the University of Patras digitally recorded and codified Grico, the dialect of Greek spoken in southern Italy, in order to preserve the dialect and allow it to be studied in more depth.

 

K. Karatheodoris, 2425 (October 2000 – October 2003)

Investigation of the sociolinguistic status of the young people of Patras using data from their narrative speech

Funded by: Research Committee of the University of Patras
Project leader: Dr Argyris Archakis (Linguistics).

The aim of this programme was to analyse the structure of the narrative speech of young people, the narrative techniques they use, the expression of different identities depending on their gender and social origins and other relevant issues.

K. Karatheodoris, 2780 (November 2001 – November 2004)

Syntactic characteristics of Greek as a second language: the case of the article and clitics

Funded by: Research Committee of the University of Patras
Project leader: Dr Anna Roussou (Linguistics)

This programme investigated the use of articles and clitics by non-native speakers of Greek whose mother tongue is a Slavic language and who have learned Greek in Greece without attending any courses. The analysis of the data was based on the Theory of Minimalism, using the notion of “parameter” for the description and interpretation of cross-linguistic differences.

 

EPTA Programme (June 2002 – June 2004)

Recording and preserving the Asia Minor dialect of Kydonies (Aivali) and Moschonissia

Funded by: Greek Ministry of the Aegean
Project leader: Prof. Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)

The Asia Minor dialect of Kydonies and Moschonissia is under threat of extinction, as the refugees from Asia Minor and their descendants have been almost entirely assimilated into the local population. This research consisted of the digital recording, description and linguistic analysis of the dialect. It took place in seven villages of the island of Lesvos, whose population originates from Kydonies and Moschonissia. Programme website:http://www.mikrasia.lit.upatras.gr

 

K Karatheodoris, B 135 (November 2003 – November 2006)

Dialect contact and mechanisms of linguistic change: Dialectological study of the Patras dialect

Funded by: Research Committee of the University of Patras
Project leader: Dr Dimitris Papazachariou (Linguistics).

This aim of this programme was to record and describe the dialect of Patras as it is used today, in order to demonstrate the linguistic changes that have taken place over the last eighty years, and to understand the mechanisms that have contributed to the occurrence of these changes.

 

EPEAEK, Pythagoras Project II (January 2005 – December 2006)

Recording and study of the dialect of Eastern Lesvos. Comparison with the Asia Minor dialect of Kydonies and Moschonissia

Funded by: EU – Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Project leader: Professor Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)
Collaborators: Dr Dimitris Papazachariou, Dr Io Manolessou (Linguistics)

The aim of the project was to record and study the oral and written speech of the Eastern Lesvos dialect, which is related to the Asia Minor dialect of Kydonies (Aivali) and Moschonissia. In order to successfully conduct the research, the research team co-operated with the Society of Aeolian Studies, which is based in the city of Mytilene (island of Lesvos).

 

Socrates/ERASMUS educational programmes (1997 to present day)

A programme of student and education staff exchanges in co-operation with the universities of Leiden, Utrecht, Tilburg, Ghent, Pisa, Milano , Bologna , Modena, Ferrara, Trieste, Lecce, Budapest, Essex , Lancaster, Bosphorus.

EUROPEAN MASTER’S in Language and Speech Processing (1998 – today)

Project leader: Prof. Frank van Eynde (University of Leuven)
Coordinator for the University of Patras: Prof. Angeliki Ralli

Participating Universities: Athens (Department of Informatics), Patras (Departments of Philology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology), Bonn, Edinburgh, Leuven, Sheffield, Geneva, Utrecht, Barcelona, Aalborg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Brno and Erlangen.

 

EPEAEK – Heraclitus (2003 – 2006)

Funded by: EU – Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Project leader: Prof. Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)

Supervision of research and the doctoral thesis of D. Melissaropoulou. Title: The Morphology of the Asia Minor dialect of Kydonies and Moschonissia

 

Asymmetries in Natural Languages Research Project (1998-2002)

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Project leader: Anne-Marie Di Sciullo, UQAM
Collaborator: Prof. Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)

 

Modularity in Grammar Research Project

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Project leader: Prof. Anne-Marie Di Sciullo, UQAM
Collaborator: Prof. Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)

 

Mental Lexicon Research Project  (1997 – 1999)

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Project leader: Gonia Jarema, Professor at the Canadian Université de Montréal
Collaborator: Prof. Angeliki Ralli

 

Education of Muslim Pupils (1997-1997)

Sociolinguistic research in Western Thrace – Teacher  Training

Funded by: EU – Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Project leader: Anna Fragkoudaki, Professor at the University of Athens
Collaborator
: Dr Argyris Archakis (Linguistics)

 

EPEAEK, 1.1d (1998 – 1999)

Designing And Teaching Pilot Supplementary Courses in Secondary Education

Funded by: EU – Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Project leader: T. Varnava-Skoura, Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Collaborator: Dr Argyris Archakis (Linguistics)

 

Helicon II, G.D. XXII EUROPEAN COMMITTEE (1998)

Research into sociolinguistic attitudes to Arvanitika spoken in Livadia Viotia and in Lechovo, Florina.

Organising body: European Union
Project leader: Loukas Tsitsipis, Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Collaborator: Dr. Argyris Archakis (Linguistics)

 

Genetic and linguistic factors in the prognosis of children with slow speech development (2001 – 2003)

Funded by: Genetics and Neurology Institute of Cyprus
Project leader: Dr Kakia Petinou
Collaborator: Prof. Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)

 

Education Of Muslim Pupils In Greek State Schools (2003 – 2004)

Grammar and Teaching: Research into learning and teaching Greek as a foreign language

Funded by: EU – Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Project leader: Dr Spiros Moschonas, University of Athens
Research Associates: Prof. Angeliki Ralli, Dr Anna Roussou, Dr Argyris Archakis (Linguistics)

Second Chance Schools-Adult Education (2004- 2005).

Academic supervision of a Second Chance School in Patras

Funded by: European Union – Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs
Organisation responsible: IDEKE (Institute for Continuous Adult Education)
Collaborator: Dr. Argyris Archakis  (Linguistics)

 

Words in the Language, Words in the Brain

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Project leader: Gary Libben, professor at the Canadian University of Alberta
Collaborator: Prof. Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)

 

Αsymmetries at Interfaces

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Project leader: Prof. Αnna Maria Di Sciullo, UQAM (2003-)
Collaborator: Prof. Angeliki Ralli (Linguistics)

 

Grammar of Medieval Greek (2004-2009)

Funded by: University of Cambridge, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages and Arts and the Humanities Research Council
Project leader: Prof. Geoffrey Horrocks, Prof. David Holton (University of Cambridge)
Collaborator: Dr Io Manolessou (Linguistics)

Website: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/greek/grammarofmedievalgreek/

 

Polytimo: 2006-2007

System to process, manage and provide access to the contents of valuable books and manuscripts. Image, sound and language processing.

Funded by: Ministry of Development, Research and Technology. General Secretariat of Research and Technology. European Union, 3rd Community Support Framework, Operational Programme – Information Society.
Partner: Democritus Research Institute, Technological Education Institute of Athens and BSI (Business Systems International) SA.
Collaborator: Prof. Angeliki Ralli and Dr. Io Manolessou (Linguistics)

 

K Karatheodoris, D 158 (2011-2013)

The multifunctionality of discourse markers in spoken narratives

Funded by: Research Committee of the University of Patras
Project leader: Dr Argiris Archakis (Linguistics).

THALES – NSRF

Linguistic variation and language ideologies in mass cultural texts: Design, development and assessment of learning material for critical language awareness,
Collaborator: Dr Argiris Archakis (Linguistics)

 

 

NSRF

 

2011-today

Education for foreign and repatriate students

Collaborator: Dr Argiris Archakis (Linguistics)

2011-today

New language policies for foreign language teaching at school: Learning English in an early age

Collaborator: Dr Argiris Archakis (Linguistics)

2011-today

Greek language learning certification: Support and upgrading of teaching Greek as a second/foreign language

Collaborator: Dr Argiris Archakis (Linguistics)

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