I currently work as a tenure-track Full-Time Faculty at the Department of Languages and Literature of the University of Nicosia and I am the coordinator of the Cyprus Linguistics and the Humanities Research Group. I hold a BA in Greek Philology (2007-2011), an MA in Education with distinction (2011-2013), and a PhD in Linguistics with distinction (2014-2018) from the University of Cyprus. I also hold a Postdoc in Linguistics from RUDN University, Moscow (2018-2020) and a Postdoc in Speech-Language Pathology from the Cyprus University of Technology (2021).

 

I have worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Linguistics at the Department of General and Russian Linguistics of RUDN University (2018-2020). I have been the Head of RUDN University Phonetic Lab and served as a Principal Investigator on speech acquisition projects. In addition, I have worked as an Associate Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (2020-2021) and as an Adjunct Lecturer in Greek Linguistics at the University of Nicosia (2019-2021).

I have taught the following courses:

  • Teaching of Greek as a Second/Foreign Language to Children (University of Nicosia) (MA)

  • Course Planning and Classroom Management (University of Nicosia) (MA)

  • Research Methodology (University of Nicosia) (MA)

  • English Composition (University of Nicosia) (BA)

  • Semantics and Pragmatics (University of Central Lancashire) (BA)

  • Inside English words; phonetics and morphology (University of Central Lancashire) (BA)

  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics (University of Central Lancashire) (BA)

  • Topics in Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics (RUDN University) (MA)

  • General Linguistics (RUDN University) (MA)

  • Contrastive Linguistics (RUDN University) (MA)

  • Comparative and Historical Linguistics (RUDN University) (MA)

  • Methodology of Scientific Research in Linguistics (RUDN University) (PhD)

 

My research interests lie in the areas of phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, and speech-language pathology. I investigate how typical and atypical populations perceive and produce the speech sounds of the first or a second/foreign language and the effect of linguistic, cognitive, biological, and other factors on speech acquisition. I have published 24 research papers in high-impact international standing journals such as Cognitive Processing (Springer), International Journal of Bilingualism (SAGE), Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Springer), Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (Taylor and Francis), Language Learning and Development (Taylor and Francis), Journal of Psycholinguistic Research (Springer), Languages (MDPI), Language Sciences (Elsevier), Speech Communication (Elsevier), etc. I have also published 2 book chapters and 3 papers in conference proceedings. My latest book titled "An Introduction to Issues in General Linguistics" was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2020. The full list of publications can be found here.

 

I have regular presentations at major international conferences, scientific workshops, and open public seminars, and contributed by invitation to lectures on speech perception and production. I have peer-reviewed research papers for high-impact journals (e.g., Phonology, Language and Speech) and papers submitted in prestigious international conferences such as Interspeech 2019, 2020. I am an academic editor of international standing journals such as PLOS ONE and Theory and Practice in Language Studies. I am an active member of major linguistic organizations, such as the  International Speech Communication Association  (ISCA), the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) and other academic societies.

 

I have been awarded three times (October 2020, March 2021, October 2021) the Research Recognition Award by the University of Nicosia. During my postdoctoral research, I achieved top performance among all postdoctoral researchers of RUDN University Philological Faculty and have won a research grant by the Russian Government for my project “Perception of nonnative segments by Russian speakers” (2018-2020). Also, I have won a research grant by the Cyprus University of Technology for the project “Linguistic Processing in Cypriot Greek children with language developmental disorders” (2020-2021). In 2021, I have been awarded the Seal of Excellence for my research project “Development of children’s perceptual flexibility in L1 accent variation and the role of cognitive skills” at the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action. Finally, my work appeared in the reputable American magazine Forbes (2020) and I presented part of my research in an invited filmed interview for the Canadian national public broadcaster (CBC) (2021).