Petros Karatsareas

Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Westminster

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.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Westminster
  • 2013–2015
    British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of the West of England
  • 2013–2013
    Lecturer in Sociolinguistics, University of Salford
  • 2011–2012
    Lecturer in Historical Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Education

  • 2011 
    University of Cambridge, Ph.D. in Linguistics
  • 2007 
    University of Cambridge, M.Phil. in Linguistics
  • 2006 
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Ptychion (equivalent to BA Hons) in Greek Philology (major in Linguistics)

Publications

  • 2018
    Attitudes towards Cypriot Greek and Standard Modern Greek in London’s Greek Cypriot community, International Journal of Bilingualism
  • 2016
    Marking definiteness multiply: evidence from two varieties of Greek (with Marika Lekakou), Studies in Greek Linguistics 36
  • 2016
    From syntagmatic to paradigmatic spatial zeroes: the loss of the preposition se in inner Asia Minor Greek (with Thanasis Georgakopoulos), STUF – Language Typology and Universals
  • 2016
    The Asia Minor Greek adpositional cycle: a tale of multiple causation, Journal of Greek Linguistics 16(1), 1-40
  • 2016
    Convergence in word structure: revisiting agglutinative noun inflection in Cappadocian Greek, Diachronica 33(1), 31-66
  • 2014
    On the diachrony of gender in Asia Minor Greek: the development of semantic agreement in Pontic, Language Sciences 43, 77-101
  • 2013
    Understanding diachronic change in Cappadocian Greek: the dialectological perspective, Journal of Historical Linguistics 3(2), 192-229
  • 2011
    Neuter heteroclisis in Asia Minor Greek: origin and development, Neoelliniki Dialektologia [Modern Greek Dialectology] 6, 111-135
  • 2009
    The loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek, Transactions of the Philological Society 107(2), 196-230

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Attitudes towards Cypriot Greek and Standard Modern Greek among London’s Greek Cypriot community: the role of Greek supplementary schools
    Role:
    Funding Source:
    British Academy and Leverhulme Trust
  • 2017
    Transforming heritage language education
    Role:
    Funding Source:
    British Academy
  • 2015
    A corpus of spoken British Cypriot Greek
    Role:
    Funding Source:
    University of Westminster
  • 2013
    The development of heritage grammars in present-day London: the case of Cypriot Greek
    Role:
    Funding Source:
    British Academy