Meet the team and advisory board for the project Investigating Variation and Change
Elena Anagnostopoulou obtained her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Salzburg in 1994. After a post-doc at MIT (1997-1998), where she returned in 2007 as a Visiting Associate Professor, she took a position at the University of Crete in 1998, where she is currently Professor of Theoretical Linguistics. Her research interests lie in theoretical and comparative syntax, formal linguistic typology, morphology and historical linguistics, with special focus on the interfaces between syntax, morphology, and the lexicon, argument alternations, Case, Agreement, clitics, control and anaphora. In 2013 she received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in recognition of her past accomplishments in research and teaching.
Dr Morgan Macleod holds a BA in Anthropology (2005) and a Diploma in Linguistics (2007) from the University of British Columbia; he completed his MPhil (2008) and PhD (2012) in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. His PhD thesis, ‘The Perfect in Old English and Old Saxon’, made use of quantitative corpus-based methodology to investigate the semantic overlap in early Germanic languages between the past tense and the new periphrastic perfect, and to identify variables influencing speakers’ choice among the competing forms. Dr Macleod has been employed in the financial sector, at RBS, where he developed small-scale, customised software solutions and web sites to support and automate frequently performed tasks. Among his recent research is a collaborative project with Dr Howard Jones (Oxford), in which corpus data were used to test diagnostic criteria for the grammaticalization of the Old English passive; the results of this work have recently appeared in Transactions of the Philological Society.
Dr Dionysios Mertyris completed a BA in Greek Philology (2006; Major in Linguistics) and a MA in Linguistics (2008) at the University of Athens. His PhD thesis (2014; La Trobe University) examines the loss of the genitive case in Greek from a diachronic and dialectological perspective. More specifically, his dissertation covers the morpho-syntactic and functional domains in which the genitive was lost from the Classical period (5th-4th c. BC) until today, while it also covers the entire diatopy of the Greek-speaking world (as it used to be in the beginning of the 20th c.) regarding instances of genitive loss dialectally. For the research project Investigating variation and change: Case in diachrony, Dr Mertyris collects data from online databases, such as the Thesaurus Linguae Grecae and the Papyrological Navigator, and is also going conduct fieldwork in dialectal Greek.
Dr Christina Sevdali is a Senior Lecturer in linguistics at Ulster University specializing in diachronic generative syntax and multilingualism. She is the Course Director of the BSc. (Hons) in Language and Linguistics at the School of Communication and Media.
Together, the advisory board has invaluable expertise on the technical aspect of the project in terms of developing the software and tagging the corpus. As such, they will provide important guidance to the research team on these terms and will liaise productively during the digitizing of the corpus and building of the search engine, in order for the linguistic goals of the project to be met.
|Dr Adrian Moore (Ulster University) is a computer engineer with long-standing experience in software development.|
|Prof. Dag Haug (University of Oslo) led the PROIEL (Pragmatic Resources in Old Indo-European Languages) project, which includes one of the two existing Treebanks of the Greek language, and will provide invaluable guidance on the annotation of the corpus used.|