[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Workshop: February 11, 2011

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Fri Feb 4 13:03:55 PST 2011


Program in Hellenic Studies


Continuity, Contact, Change: Infinitival Constructions

in the Greek (Romeyka) Varieties in Pontus Today

Methodological and Theoretical Issues

Ioanna Sitaridou

University of Cambridge

Visiting Fellow, Program in Hellenic Studies

This talk will deal with the methodological and theoretical issues arising from innovative and original research on the synchrony and diachrony of Romeyka which are Greek varieties still spoken in north-east Turkey and on which little is known. A linguistic project on Romeyka is urgent because: (a) Romeyka is endangered; and (b) Romeyka is severely attrited (by Turkish); (c) Romeyka exhibits both extreme conservatism and radical innovation; (d) No formal grammatical accounts exist. The first part of the talk will focus on the methodology used in the current project, advocating the use of syntactic questionnaires embedded under an ethnographic approach, as well as the problems encountered so far and the solutions sought. The second part of the talk discusses infinitival constructions in Romeyka.

Ioanna Sitaridou is Lecturer in Romance Philology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies at Queens' College, Cambridge, since 2004. Prior to her Cambridge appointment she worked as a post-doctoral researcher 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. She received her Ph.D. in Romance linguistics at the University of Manchester (2002). Her doctoral dissertation is entitled "The synchrony and the diachrony of Romance infinitives with nominative subjects." She also holds an M.A. in Linguistics from University College London (1998) and a B.A. in French Philology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1997). Her main areas of research are synchronic and diachronic syntax of the Romance languages, but also of Greek varieties such as Pontic and Cypriot Greek. The issues she investigates are the relationship between syntactic change and acquisition, language contact, and micro-variation.
Friday, February 11, 2011
1:30 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
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