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Dr Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga
Affiliated Lecturer at University of Cambridge
Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London


Contact info
School of Languages, Linguistics & Film
Queen Mary,
University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
email: d.lazaridou[at]qmul.ac.uk, dl518[at]cam.ac.uk

I am a theoretical linguist, working mainly in natural language semantics and its interface with pragmatics. I am also interested in philosophy of language. As a post-doc I have been also doing experimental semantics and pragmatics.

I am currently an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a post-doctoral research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. This academic year (2015/16) I will be teaching (Formal) Semantics at the University of Greenwich, Queen Mary, UCL and the University of Cambridge.

I have been a visiting lecturer in Formal Semantics at UCL (2012, 2013, 2014), the University of Greenwich (2015), the University of Crete, Greece (2011), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain (2009) and a visiting lecturer in Language Acquisition at Queen Mary (2015).

I defended my Ph.D. thesis On definiteness and the co-occurrence of the definite article with other determiners in Modern Greek in 2009, under the supervision of Louise McNally and Josep Maria Brucart, after following the Ph.D. program in Cognitive science and language at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

 

News

 

19 March 2016
Manuscript ‘A new look at the Generic Overgeneralisation effect’ with Linnaea Stockall and Napoleon Katsos accepted with revisions for the Special Edition of Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy on ‘Genericity in Philosophy and Linguistics’

18-20 January 2016
Poster on “The effect of context on generic and quantificational statements” with Napoleon Katsos and Linnaea Stockall, Workshop “Trends in Experimental Pragmatics TiXPrag 1”, ZAS Berlin

20 September 2015
Upcoming presentation at the ‘Generic workshop: genericity in philosophy and linguistics’ organized by Rachel Sterken, Bernhard Nickel and Torfinn Huvenes at Harvard University in early October. I will present a paper on ‘The Effect of Context on Generic and Quantificational Generalisations’ written with my collaborators Linnaea Stockall and Napoleon Katsos. More info and the full programme here.

4 August 2015
Upcoming paper with Napoleon Katsos and Linnaea Stockall on ‘Genericity is easy? Formal and experimetal perspectives’ to appear in RATIO Special Issue: Investigating Meaning: Experimental Approaches, edited by Nat Hansen and Emma Borg.
Read RATIO submitted.

May 2015
How to be a bare noun in Greek
LSD 2 (London Semantics Day)
13 May
Queen Mary, University of London

10 November 2014
Talk at the University of Cambridge
Wednesday 19 November 2014
Bare nouns in Greek: the view from Spanish and Catalan
Ibero-Romance Linguistics Seminars

20 April 2014
A new collaboration between Queen Mary and the University of Cambridge!
Linnaea Stockall, Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) and myself have been awarded a British Academy research grant (2014-15) for the project ‘Learning about the world through generic statements: a cross-linguistic perspective’, where we will explore how adult native speakers of two languages with distinct ways of expressing generic statements, English and Greek, process statements like ‘tigers have stripes’ or ‘ducks lay eggs’ and how young native speakers of English learn their meaning. Read the abstract here GEN_website.

01 January 2014
This semester I am going to be a teaching assistant for two modules at Queen Mary, University of London:
‘Aspects of Meaning’ taught by Paul Elbourne and ‘Language acquisition’ taught by Linnaea Stockall.

14 August 2013
I will be teaching again an “Introduction to formal semantics” at ACTL this autumn!

Our paper with L.Stockall “Are (all) generics easy? Processing generic and universal interpretations” has been accepted as a talk at the conference “Investigating semantics: Empirical and philosophical approaches” (Bochum, October 10-12, 2013).

22 July 2013
Our paper with S.Alexandropoulou ‘A corpus study of Greek bare singulars: implications for an analysis’ has been just published in Revista da ABRALIN within a thematic issue of work presented at the conference “Weak (In)Defi niteness and Referentiality” (Florianópolis, August 20 and 21, 2012).

I am a research assistant in the project ‘Is earlier always better? Factors affecting bilingual speech perception and production’, a project co-ordinated by Esther de Leeuw and Linnaea Stockall and funded by the British Academy. The project explores perception and production of a phonotactic contrast across a range of Spanish-English bilingual speakers to examine the degree to which degree of exposure and age of exposure to a second language affect proficiency.

I co-supervised (w. Bert LeBruyn) Stavroula Alexandropoulou’s MA thesis “The lexical restrictions on verbs with bare nominal complements in Greek and an analysis of such constructions with have-verbs”, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS.

 

Research interests

 
Broadly, my research is in theoretical linguistics. The areas I have mainly worked on and/or interest me are the following:

  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Experimental semantics and pragmatics
  • Language acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Philosophy of language

 
 
 

Education

 
2009: Ph.D. in Linguistics
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain.
On definiteness and the co-occurrence of the definite article with other determiners in Modern Greek.
Advisors: Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Josep Maria Brucart (UAB)

2006: M.A. (DEA) in General Linguistics
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
Not just any principle. On the Principle of Compositionality, any as a counterexample to it, and an indefinite analysis of any and Greek Free Choice Items.
Advisor: Josep Macia (Universitat de Barcelona)

2004: B.A. (Ptychion) in Greek Philology, specialization in Linguistics
Department of Philology, Philosophy School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
 

Publications

 

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. (in preparation). Genericity. In Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics to be published by Oxford University Press.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. (in preparation). Genericity and the free choice item opjosdhipote in Greek.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. (under revision). Distributivity in Greek: the co-occurrence of the definite article with the universal distributive quantifier kathe.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D., Stockall, L. and Katsos, N. (accepted with revisions) ‘A new look at the Generic Overgeneralisation effect’. In Special Edition of Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy on ‘Genericity in Philosophy and Linguistics’

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D., Katsos, N. and Stockall, L. (2016). The effect of context on generic and quantificational statements. Paper for the pre-proceedings of the workshop in Trends in Experimental Pragmatics, Berlin, 18-20 January 2016.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D., Katsos, N., and Stockall, L. (2015) Genericity is easy? Formal and experimental perspectives. RATIO Special Issue: Investigating Meaning: Experimental Approaches, edited by Nat Hansen and Emma Borg. Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 470–494.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. (2014). Distributivity and genericity in Greek: the case of kathe with the definite article. In Major Trends in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Selected Papers from the 20th ISTAL, by Lavidas, Nikolaos, Alexiou, Thomaï and Sougari, Areti Maria, v. 1, p.369-384, London: Versita de Gruyter.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. and Alexandropoulou, S. (2013). A corpus study of Greek bare singulars: implications for an analysis. In Revista da ABRALIN, v.12, n.1, p. 233-251, jan./jun. 2013, special issue on “Weak Definiteness and Referentiality”, edited by Roberta PIRES DE OLIVEIRA.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. and Stockall, L. (2013). Genericity, exceptions and domain restriction: experimental evidence from comparison with universals. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, E. Chemla, V.Homer and G. Winterstein (eds.), ENS Paris, 325-343.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. (2012). The universal distributive quantifier kathe with the definite article (in Greek), Studies in Greek Linguistics 32, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics, School of Philology, Faculty of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, May 6-8 2011, Thessaloniki, 235-246.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. (2009). Greek Generic Noun Phrases Involving the Free Choice Item opjosdhipote and the Definite Article, Proceedings of the 2007 Workshop in Greek Syntax and Semantics at MIT, MITWPL 57 (MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 57), 123-137.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, D. (2007). Free Choice Items and definiteness: Evidence from Greek, In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 11, E. Puig-Waldmueller (ed.), Barcelona: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 403-417.
 

 

Teaching

 

Lecturer

spring 2016: Visiting Lecturer on Semantics and Pragmatics, Li2 Paper on ‘Meanings’, University of Cambridge
spring 2016: Visiting Lecturer on ‘Semantics’ at the University of Greenwich

autumn 2015: Visiting Lecturer on ‘Semantics’ at the University of Greenwich
autumn 2015:’Formal semantics: quantification’ co-taught with Luisa Marti at ACTL (Advanced Core Training in Linguistics) at UCL

spring 2015: Visiting Lecturer on ‘Semantics’ at the University of Greenwich
spring 2015: Visiting Lecturer on ‘Language Acquisition’ at Queen Mary, University of London

autumn 2014: ‘Formal semantics: quantification’ co-taught with Yasu Sudo at ACTL (Advanced Core Training in Linguistics) at UCL

autumn 2013: ‘Introduction to formal semantics’ at ACTL (Advanced Core Training in Linguistics) at UCL

autumn 2012: ‘Introduction to formal semantics’ at ACTL (Advanced Core Training in Linguistics) at UCL

spring 2011: Lecturer on contract (fixed term, full time) at the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Philology, University of Crete, Greece, teaching two undergraduate courses (Introduction to logic and formal semantics and Topics in Greek semantics)

spring 2009: Visiting Lecturer in Semantics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, teaching a trimester postgraduate course in Semantics [with  ́Ia Navarro]

Teaching assistant

autumn 2015: ‘Aspects of meaning’ taught by Luisa Marti, Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London

autumn 2014: ‘Aspects of meaning’ taught by Luisa Marti, Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London

spring 2014: ‘Aspects of Meaning’ taught by Paul Elbourne and ‘Language acquisition’ taught by Linnaea Stockall, Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London

spring 2013: ‘Aspects of Meaning’ taught by Paul Elbourne and ‘Language acquisition’ taught by Linnaea Stockall, Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London

 

Conference presentations and talks

 

upcoming

30 October
How exceptional are generics? An experimental approach
CLT seminari
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

3 October
The Effect of Context on Generic and Quantificational Generalisations
The Generic workshop: genericity in philosophy and linguistics
Organized by Rachel Sterken, Bernhard Nickel and Torfinn Huvenes
Harvard University, MA

2015

Wednesday 13 May
How to be a bare noun in Greek
LSD 2 (London Semantics Day)
13 May
Queen Mary, University of London

Tuesday 28 April
Generics are exceptional – an experimental investigation
Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics Workshop
University of Cambridge

Thursday 26 February
Distributive quantifiers in Greek : slack and rigid distributivity
Workshop (Co-)Distributivity 2015
CNRS Pouchet

2014

Wednesday 19 November
Bare nouns in Greek: the view from Spanish and Catalan
Ibero-Romance Linguistics Seminars
University of Cambridge

Generics are exceptional! Experimental evidence on the interplay between generics and exceptionality (work with L.Stockall)
Semantics Day in London, 07 May 2014
Queen Mary

2013

Do (all) tigers have stripes? Experimental evidence on generic bare plurals and universals, with Linnaea Stockall, Poster at the 5th Experimental Pragmatics Conference XPRAG 2013 to be held on 4-6 September 2013, at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Pronunciation proficiency and cognitive control in Spanish-English bilinguals, with Esther
de Leeuw and Linnaea Stockall. Poster at Workshop on Neurobilingualism 2013. 25-27 August. University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Pronunciation Proficiency and Non-Linguistic Cognitive Advantages of Bilingualism
Esther de Leeuw, Linnaea Stockall & D. Lazaridou-Chatzigoga
9th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, June 10-13

Do (all) ducks lay eggs? Processing generic and universal statements
Poster with Linnaea Stockall
XPRAG London Master Class organised at UCL by the ESF research network EURO-XPRAG, May 28-29

Pronunciation proficiency and non-linguistic cognitive advantages in unimodal bilinguals
Poster with Esther de Leeuw, Linnaea Stockall
New Sounds 2013 conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, May 17-19

2012

A corpus study of Greek bare singulars: implications for an analysis
Poster with S. Alexandropoulou
(In)Definites and Weak Referentiality: Conference in Florianópolis, Brazil. 20-21 August

Generics and domain restriction: experimental evidence from comparison with universals (with L. Stockall)
Sinn und Bedeutung 17, 08-10 September, École normale supérieure, Paris

Generics and Universal Quantification: how many tigers have stripes and how many lions have manes?
Queen Mary Ling Lunch, 22 of May

2011

To distribute and to make an exception: Genericity and universal quantification in Greek. GENIUS III conference: Genericity in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, 5-6 December

The distribution and interpretation of bare singular count nouns in Greek. Invited talk at LUSH (Leiden Utrecht Semantics Happenings), Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, the Netherlands, 12 October

The distribution and interpretation of bare singular count nouns in Greek. Workshop on Weak Referentiality, Satellite Workshop of the 16th Sinn und Bedeutung conference, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, the Netherlands, 9 September

Ο επιμεριστικός ποσοδείκτης κάθε με το οριστικό άρθρο (The distributive quantifier kathe with the definite article, in Greek) 32nd Annual Meeting at the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 6-8 May

Distributivity and genericity in Greek: kathe with the definite article, 20th International symposium on theoretical & applied linguistics, School of English, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1-3 April

2009

Co-occurrence of the Greek definite article with κάθε (kathe) and οποιοσδήποτε (opjosdhipote), 30th Annual Meeting at the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, poster, 2-3 May

2008

Absence and presence of the definite article in Greek, Workshop on Bare Singulars, Argument Structure and Their Interpretation, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, 11 December

2007

Greek generic noun phrases involving the Free Choice Item opjosdhipote Workshop on Greek Syntax and Semantics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA, USA, 20-22 May

2006

Free Choice items and definiteness: Evidence from Greek Sinn und Bedeutung XI, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 21-23 September

Free Choice items and definiteness: Evidence from Greek, Workshop on Syntax and Semantics 2006, University of Paris 8, Paris, France, 13-15 September

Presentation of a comment on a paper entitled “A non-uniform semantic analysis of the Italian temporal conjunctions ‘prima’ and ‘dopo’” delivered by Fabio del Prete (Università di Milano) 12th Italo-Spanish Meeting of the Analytic Society, Universitat de Valencia, Spain, 12-13 January

 

Grants/Fellowships

 

May 2014-January 2015: Named Postdoctoral Research Associate at the British Academy funded project ‘Learning about the world through generic statements: a cross-linguistic perspective’ awarded to Napoleon Katsos and Linnaea Stockall

March 2005-December 2008: Fellowship FI-IQUC by the Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR, Agency for the Management of University Grants for Research) of the Catalan government. Fellowship awarded to international students for postgraduate and doctoral studies in programs that have received Mención de calidad (Quality Mention) and renewed every year after successful reports of the tutor, Barcelona, Spain.

October 2002-March 2003: Six-month fellowship Erasmus-Socrates at the Department of Translation and Interpretation of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.
 

Languages

 
Greek: Native

English, Spanish, German: Excellent

Catalan: Good

 

Download my CV here.