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 Course Leader for the MA English Language and Linguistics and MA English Language and Literature. I am the Module Leader for Discourse Across Time, Language Contact and Change, and English Language and Linguistics Tutorial 2. I also teach seminars for Exploring Language, English Worldwide, and London Lives: Migrant London.

My research expertise lies in multilingualism with a focus on the languages of the UK’s minority ethnic communities, which are known as community, heritage, minority, or immigrant languages. I investigate how new forms of language emerge among urban ethnolinguistic minorities with Cypriot Greek in London as a case-in-point. In this context, I also explore issues of intergenerational transmission and maintenance, attitudes towards non-standard forms of heritage languages as well as issues of heritage language teaching and learning, and public engagement.

In the past, I worked 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. 

My research on Cypriot Greek has received the financial support of the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust through a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013), a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (2017), a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant (2017). I have also been awarded small grants from the Being Human Festival (2018) and the ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’ AHRC-funded OWRI programme.

In 2008, I won the R. H. Robins Prize of the Philological Society for the best submission to the Transactions of the Philological Society by a graduate student in the UK.

I have published findings of my research in leading journals including Diachronica, the International Journal of BilingualismLanguage Sciences, the Journal of Historical LinguisticsSTUF – Language Typology and Universals, and the Journal of Greek Linguistics.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

2013
Research project: The development of heritage grammars in present-day London: the case of Cypriot Greek. Total value: £241,283.

Full doctoral scholarship (1-year award)

2010
Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Total value: ca. £13,100.

Fifh R. H. Robins Prize of the Philological Society

2009
For the best article submission to the Transactions of the Philological Society by a graduate in the United Kingdom (see Karatsareas 2009 under Publications). Total value: £500.

Full doctoral scholarship (3-year award)

2007
Greek State Scholarships Foundation (Ι.Κ.Υ.). Total value: ca. €45,330.

British Academy Rising Star Public Engagement Award

2017
Project: Transforming heritage language education. Total value: £11,426.

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant

2017
Research project: Attitudes towards Cypriot Greek and Standard Modern Greek among London's Greek Cypriot community: the role of Greek supplementary schools. Total value: £9,753.

Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community AHRC-funded OWRI programme

2018
Research project: Non-standard and minority varieties as community languages in the UK: Towards a new strategy for language maintenance. Total value: £11,455.11.

Ph.D. in Linguistics

2011
University of Cambridge

M.Phil. in Linguistics

2007
University of Cambridge

Ptychion (equivalent to BA Hons) in Greek Philology.

2006
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

I am the Course Leader for the MA English Language and Linguistics and MA English Language and Literature. I am the Module Leader for Discourse Across Time, Language Contact and Change, and English Language and Linguistics Tutorial 2. I also teach seminars for Exploring Language, English Worldwide, and London Lives: Migrant London.

I am the primary supervisor of Giulia Pepe’s Ph.D. dissertation on translanguaging among post-2008 Italian migrants in London.

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 work on multilingualism focusing on the languages of the UK’s minority ethnic communities, which are known as community, heritage, minority, or immigrant languages.

I am interested in

― the contexts in which community languages are used in the UK; 

― how new forms of language emerge among these communities as a result of their contact with English and of the distance from the countries of origin; 

― why these languages are important for the communities who speak them but also society as a whole; and, 

― how academic researchers can engage with the public and non-academic stakeholders (national and local government, policy makers, communities, media) to ensure that the value of the UK’s multilingualism is recognised.

In that context, I explore the factors that play a role in whether community languages will be passed on from the older to the younger generations. I am specifically looking at

― ideologies of monolingualism (the idea that people in the UK should only speak English); 

― attitudes towards multilingualism (the idea of a language hierarchy whereby some languages like French and German are considered first rate languages whereas other are viewed second rate); and, 

― attitudes towards non-prestigious forms of language (the idea that standard languages are correct and non-standard dialects are incorrect or improper).

I am also investigating issues of community language teaching and learning, that is, how community languages are taught in complementary schools (also known as supplementary or Saturday schools) and the role these schools play in language maintenance and ideology.

I address these issues based on my research and specialisation on London’s Greek Cypriot diaspora.

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 

― the diachronic development of gender agreement; 

― the restructuring and simplification of noun inflection;

― the morphological realisation of direct objects; 

― the cyclical development of the adpositional system; and, 

― the synchronic status of determiner spreading in the language. 

For more details on my research as well as for samples of my work, please visit the ‘Publications’ section above this text.

I welcome proposals from prospective Ph.D. candidates in any of the above areas.

2018

The fragile future of the Cypriot Greek language in the UK (2018)
Karatsareas, P. 2018. The fragile future of the Cypriot Greek language in the UK. British Academy Review. 33, pp. 42-44.
Attitudes towards Cypriot Greek and Standard Modern Greek in London's Greek Cypriot community (2018)
Karatsareas, P. 2018. Attitudes towards Cypriot Greek and Standard Modern Greek in London's Greek Cypriot community. International Journal of Bilingualism. 22 (4), pp. 412-428.
The development, preservation and loss of differential case marking in inner Asia Minor Greek (2018)
Karatsareas, P. 2018. The development, preservation and loss of differential case marking in inner Asia Minor Greek. Journal of Language Contact.

2016

Marking definiteness multiply: evidence from two varieties of Greek (2016)
Lekakou, M. and Karatsareas, P. 2016. Marking definiteness multiply: evidence from two varieties of Greek. Studies in Greek Linguistics. 36, pp. 189-204.
From syntagmatic to paradigmatic spatial zeroes: the loss of the preposition se in inner Asia Minor Greek (2016)
Karatsareas, P. and Georgakopoulos, T. 2016. From syntagmatic to paradigmatic spatial zeroes: the loss of the preposition se in inner Asia Minor Greek. STUF – Language Typology and Universals. 69 (2), p. 309–340.
The Asia Minor Greek adpositional cycle: a tale of multiple causation (2016)
Karatsareas, P. 2016. The Asia Minor Greek adpositional cycle: a tale of multiple causation. Journal of Greek Linguistics. 16 (1), p. 47–86.
Convergence in word structure: revisiting agglutinative noun inflection in Cappadocian Greek (2016)
Karatsareas, P. 2016. Convergence in word structure: revisiting agglutinative noun inflection in Cappadocian Greek. Diachronica. 33 (1), pp. 31-66.

2014

On the diachrony of gender in Asia Minor Greek: the development of semantic agreement in Pontic (2014)
Karatsareas, P. 2014. On the diachrony of gender in Asia Minor Greek: the development of semantic agreement in Pontic. Language Sciences. 43, pp. 77-101.

2013

Understanding diachronic change in Cappadocian Greek: the dialectological perspective (2013)
Karatsareas, P. 2013. Understanding diachronic change in Cappadocian Greek: the dialectological perspective. Journal of Historical Linguistics. 3 (2), pp. 192-229.

2011

Neuter heteroclisis in Asia Minor Greek: origin and development (2011)
Karatsareas, P. 2011. Neuter heteroclisis in Asia Minor Greek: origin and development. Neoelliniki Dialektologia [Modern Greek Dialectology]. 6, pp. 111-135.

2009

The loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek (2009)
Karatsareas, P. 2009. The loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek. Transactions of the Philological Society. 107 (2), pp. 196-230.

2017

A diachronic take on the Source–Goal asymmetry: evidence from inner Asia Minor Greek (2017)
Georgakopoulos, T. and Karatsareas, P. 2017. A diachronic take on the Source–Goal asymmetry: evidence from inner Asia Minor Greek. in: Luraghi, S., Nikitina, T. and Zanchi, C. (ed.) Space in Diachrony Amsterdam/Philadelphia John Benjamins. pp. 179–206
The morphology of Silliot Greek: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic levelling, and affix pleonasm ()
Karatsareas, P. The morphology of Silliot Greek: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic levelling, and affix pleonasm. in: Ralli, A. (ed.) The Morphology of Asia Minor Greek Leiden Brill.

2016

The role of women in the advancement of Modern Greek dialectology: the case of Melpo Merlier (2016)
Karatsareas, P. 2016. The role of women in the advancement of Modern Greek dialectology: the case of Melpo Merlier. Distant and Neglected Voices: Women in the History of Linguistics. The Royal Society, London 28 - 30 Jun 2016
Transplanting diglossia: attitudes towards Standard and Cypriot Greek among London’s Greek Cypriot community (2016)
Karatsareas, P. 2016. Transplanting diglossia: attitudes towards Standard and Cypriot Greek among London’s Greek Cypriot community. Sociolinguistics Symposium 21. Murcia, Spain 15 - 19 Jun 2016

2015

The two faces of Modern Greek determiner spreading (2015)
Lekakou, M. and Karatsareas, P. 2015. The two faces of Modern Greek determiner spreading. 12th International Conference on Greek Linguistics. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Sep 2015
(In)vulnerable morphosyntactic features in heritage languages: evidence from British Cypriot Greek (2015)
Karatsareas, P. 2015. (In)vulnerable morphosyntactic features in heritage languages: evidence from British Cypriot Greek. Morphological Variation and Contact Conference. University of Patras, Greece Jun 2015
«Το Σάββατον εννα χαρτώσουμεν το κίτσ̑ ιν»: British Cypriot Greek as a heritage language (2015)
Karatsareas, P. 2015. «Το Σάββατον εννα χαρτώσουμεν το κίτσ̑ ιν»: British Cypriot Greek as a heritage language. 12th International Conference on Greek Linguistics. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Sep 2015
Overt and zero marking of spatial relations in Cappadocian Greek: synchrony, diachrony, typology (2015)
Georgakopoulos, T. and Karatsareas, P. 2015. Overt and zero marking of spatial relations in Cappadocian Greek: synchrony, diachrony, typology. 11th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, United States of America Aug 2015
Source–Goal asymmetry in diachrony: evidence from Asia Minor Greek (2015)
Georgakopoulos, T. and Karatsareas, P. 2015. Source–Goal asymmetry in diachrony: evidence from Asia Minor Greek. 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics. University of Naples, Italy Jul 2015
From overt to zero marking of spatial relations: the loss of EIS in Asia Minor Greek as an informational load relief strategy (2015)
Karatsareas, P. and Georgakopoulos, T. 2015. From overt to zero marking of spatial relations: the loss of EIS in Asia Minor Greek as an informational load relief strategy . 36th Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece Apr 2015

2014

The short-lived trajectory of diferential object marking in Cappadocian Greek: Language contact, typological anomaly and morphological change (2014)
Karatsareas, P. 2014. The short-lived trajectory of diferential object marking in Cappadocian Greek: Language contact, typological anomaly and morphological change. Differential Object Marking and Language Contact. Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INaLCO), Paris, France Dec 2014
Determiner spreading in Cappadocian Greek (2014)
Karatsareas, P. and Lekakou, M. 2014. Determiner spreading in Cappadocian Greek. 6th International Conference of Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistics Theory. University of Patras, Greece Sep 2014
Cappadocia: where Greek prepositions come to die (2014)
Karatsareas, P. and Georgakopoulos, T. 2014. Cappadocia: where Greek prepositions come to die. 6th International Conference of Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistics Theory. University of Patras, Greece Sep 2014
A caveat for contact linguistics: lessons from Cappadocian Greek (2014)
Karatsareas, P. 2014. A caveat for contact linguistics: lessons from Cappadocian Greek. 36th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society. University of Marburg, Germany Mar 2014

2013

On the morphosyntax of quantifcational adjectives in Modern Greek (2013)
Karatsareas, P. and Giannaris, T. 2013. On the morphosyntax of quantifcational adjectives in Modern Greek. On the morphosyntax of quantifcational adjectives in Modern Greek. University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece Sep 2013
Adpositional systems in contact: the case of Cappadocian Greek (2013)
Karatsareas, P. 2013. Adpositional systems in contact: the case of Cappadocian Greek. 11th International Conference on Greek Linguistics. University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece Sep 2013
Adpositional systems in contact: the case of Cappadocian Greek (2013)
Karatsareas, P. 2013. Adpositional systems in contact: the case of Cappadocian Greek. 46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Split University, Croatia Sep 2013

2012

The synchrony and diachrony of gender agreement in the Pontic branch of Asia Minor Greek (2012)
Karatsareas, P. 2012. The synchrony and diachrony of gender agreement in the Pontic branch of Asia Minor Greek. Workshop on Romeyka of Pontus. Queens’ College, Cambridge Mar 2012
Pontic Greek as a conservative innovator in the development of gender agreement in Asia Minor Greek (2012)
Karatsareas, P. 2012. Pontic Greek as a conservative innovator in the development of gender agreement in Asia Minor Greek. 5th International Conference of Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory. University of Ghent, Belgium Sep 2012
On the historical value of synchronic dialectal variation: lessons from the development of null defnite articles in Cappadocian Greek (2012)
Karatsareas, P. 2012. On the historical value of synchronic dialectal variation: lessons from the development of null defnite articles in Cappadocian Greek. Synchrony and Diachrony: Variation and Change in Language History. Symposium of the Philological Society. Worcester College, Oxford Mar 2012
On the synchrony and diachrony of gender agreement in Pontic Greek: syntactic versus semantic (2012)
Karatsareas, P. 2012. On the synchrony and diachrony of gender agreement in Pontic Greek: syntactic versus semantic. 15th International Morphology Meeting. WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business Feb 2012

2010

‘Neutering’ nominal infection in Pontic Greek (2010)
Karatsareas, P. 2010. ‘Neutering’ nominal infection in Pontic Greek. Workshop on Romeyka of Pontus. Queens’ College, Cambridge Mar 2010
Revisiting ‘agglutinative’ infection in Cappadocian Greek (2010)
Karatsareas, P. 2010. Revisiting ‘agglutinative’ infection in Cappadocian Greek. 10th International Conference on Greek Linguistics. Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece Sep 2011
Towards the reconstruction of an Asia Minor Greek Koiné during Medieval times (2010)
Karatsareas, P. 2010. Towards the reconstruction of an Asia Minor Greek Koiné during Medieval times. Language, Text and History: Linguistics and Philology in the 21st Century. Symposium of the Philological Society. Murray Edwards College, Cambridge Mar 2010

2009

The loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek (2009)
Karatsareas, P. 2009. The loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek. XIXth International Conference on Historical Linguistics. Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands Aug 2009
On the diachronic evolution of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek (2009)
Karatsareas, P. 2009. On the diachronic evolution of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek. 4th International Conference of Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory. Chios, Greece Jun 2009

2008

Cappadocian Greek nominal infection: the interplay of structural and psycholinguistic factors in contact-induced language change (2008)
Karatsareas, P. 2008. Cappadocian Greek nominal infection: the interplay of structural and psycholinguistic factors in contact-induced language change. Linguistics Association of Great Britain Annual Meeting. University of Essex Sep 2008
Cappadocian Greek nominal infection: the interplay of structural and psycholinguistic factors in contact-induced language change (2008)
Karatsareas, P. 2008. Cappadocian Greek nominal infection: the interplay of structural and psycholinguistic factors in contact-induced language change. Methods in Dialectology XIII. University of Leeds, UK Aug 2008
Cappadocian Greek ‘agglutinative’ morphology revisited (2008)
Karatsareas, P. 2008. Cappadocian Greek ‘agglutinative’ morphology revisited. Continuity and Change in Grammar. University of Cambridge Mar 2008

2015

Syntactic Structures of the World’s Languages – Greek (Cappadocian) (2015)
Karatsareas, P. 2015. Syntactic Structures of the World’s Languages – Greek (Cappadocian). Linguistic Explorer.

2011

A study of Cappadocian Greek nominal morphology from a diachronic and dialectological perspective (2011)
Karatsareas, P. 2011. A study of Cappadocian Greek nominal morphology from a diachronic and dialectological perspective. PhD thesis University of Cambridge Department of Linguistics

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