I specialise in the sociolinguistics of multilingualism. I explore language practices and language ideologies in contexts of migration and transnational mobility with a focus on the UK and primarily London. I am especially interested in ideologies around, and attitudes towards, non-standardised varieties or otherwise minoritised and hierarchised linguistic resources and repertoires. I am also interested in community language education in diasporic settings and the role different educational initiatives play in shaping language practices and ideologies. To this date, I have pursued these avenues of research through ethnographically-oriented investigations of different groups of speakers of Greek in London, primarily speakers originating in Cyprus and Greece who migrated to the UK at different times in recent history.
In the past, I specialised in the study of contact-induced language change. In my Ph.D. dissertation, I looked at diachronic change in the morphosyntax of the Modern Greek dialects of inner Asia Minor (Cappadocian, Pontic, Pharasiot, Silliot). I 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.
My research 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), and a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant (2017). I have also been awarded flexible funding from 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 the International Journal of Bilingualism, the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Languages, Society & Policy, Diachronica, Language Sciences, the Journal of Greek Linguistics, the Journal of Historical Linguistics and STUF – Language Typology and Universals as well as in edited volumes published by John Benjamins, Brill and Multilingual Matters. I have forthcoming articles to appear in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language; chapters in edited volumed to be published by Cambridge University Press, Routledge and UCL Press; a special issue on community language education in the UK in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism co-edited with Katie Harrison; and, a monograph on Greek complementary schools in the UK co-authored with Alexandra Georgiou, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
I am actively involved in a range of initiatives raising awareness about the value and importance of multilingualism for multilingual individuals, diasporic communities and society as a whole. In 2018, I was awarded a small grant with Athena Mandis (QMUL) to organise a tour of Greek Cypriot London as part of the AHRC/British Academy-funded Being Human festival. The tour traced the contribution of the Greek Cypriot diaspora to London’s multiculturalism following the route of the 29 bus, a path that is emblematic of the diaspora’s historic northward expansion. In 2019, Dr Anna Charalambidou (Middlesex University) and I launched the Grenglish Project, a public engagement initiative that brought together members of the UK’s Greek Cypriot diaspora in a crowdsourcing effort to collect linguistic material that reflected the community’s linguistic history.