Dr Petros Karatsareas
Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
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I hold a Ptychion (equivalent to BA Hons) in Greek Philology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MPhil in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Linguistics also from the University of Cambridge, which I was awarded in 2011.
I joined the University of Westminster in 2015 as a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. I am the module leader for World Varieties of English and also teach seminars for Language and Texts, Semantics and Principles of Language Change. In the past, I have also taught at the University of Cambridge, the University of the West of England, the University of Salford, the University of Salford, the Open University of Cyprus and the University of the Aegean.
My research expertise lies in the fields of dialectology and historical linguistics focusing in particular in the study of morphosyntactic variation and change in sociolinguistic settings of language contact. In my Ph.D. dissertation, I pursued this avenue of research from a historical perspective looking at diachronic variation and change in the Modern Greek dialects of Asia Minor.
In my current research, I shift the focus to present-day communities investigating how new forms of language emerge among urban minorities with Cypriot Greek in London as a case-in-point. I have published findings of my research in leading journals such as Language Sciences, the Journal of Historical Linguistics and the Transactions of the Philological Society.
In 2013, I was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, which I held at the University of the West of England, Bristol. In 2009, my article on the loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek won the R. H. Robins Prize of the Philological Society.
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
Full doctoral scholarship (1-year award)
Fifh R. H. Robins Prize of the Philological Society
Full doctoral scholarship (3-year award)
British Academy Rising Star Public Engagement Award
British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant
Ph.D. in Linguistics
M.Phil. in Linguistics
Ptychion (equivalent to BA Hons) in Greek Philology.
I am the module leader for World Varieties of English and also teach seminars for Language and Texts, Semantics and Principles of Language Change. In the past, I have taught modules on historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and the history and varieties of English at the University of Cambridge and the University of Salford; on Greek linguistics at the Open University of Cyprus; and, on language contact in the history of the Turkish language at the University of the Aegean. I have also supervised a number of undergraduate and master's dissertations on a variety of topics in the abovementioned areas.
I specialise in morphosyntactic variation and change, concentrating on sociolinguistic settings of language contact. My work explores the interaction of language-internal and -external factors in language change and provides unified and data-driven accounts of linguistic developments that are based on the most recent advances of linguistic theory and typology. The main tenet of my work is that composite explanations that address both language-internal history and the effects of cross-linguistic influence are the most fruitful approach to the study of linguistic innovation.
My current research focuses on the development of heritage grammars in present-day London with the heritage variety of Cypriot Greek as a case-in-point. I specifically investigate the social and linguistic factors that bring about innovation and change in the capital's heritage languages. The aim is to help to chart the linguistic landscape of the British capital by increasing our understanding of the patterns that define non-English language variation.
In the past, I have worked on various aspects of the history of Greek and its dialects. Drawing my data primarily from areas of inner Asia Minor (mostly Cappadocia and Pontus, both found in what today is Turkey), I have carried out extensive research on (a) the diachronic development of gender agreement; (b) the restructuring and simplification of noun inflection; (c) the morphological realisation of direct objects; (d) the cyclical development of the adpositional system; and, (e) the synchronic status of determiner spreading in the language.