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Dr Ioanna Sitaridou

Comparative and historical syntax of the Romance languages; Greek dialectal and diachronic syntax
Dr Ioanna Sitaridou

University Senior Lecturer in Romance Philology, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Fellow and Director of Studies in Linguistics and Modern and Medieval Languages (IB, YA)

Comparative and historical syntax of the Romance languages

Greek dialectal and diachronic syntax

Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 331943

Research theme

Multilingualism :
Language Change and Diversity:

Historical linguistics, Syntax, Romance, Greek dialects

Research Interests

My main areas of research are comparative and diachronic syntax of the Romance languages and also dialectal Greek, especially Pontic Greek and Cypriot Greek. The areas in which I carry out research are: the relationship between syntactic change and acquisition, language contact, micro-variation, and phylogenies.


  • Dialectology
  • Philology
  • Syntax
  • Anthropology
  • Language change
  • Multilingualism
  • Historical linguistics

Key Publications

  1. Alboiu, G., Hill, V. & I. Sitaridou (to appear). ‘Discourse Driven V-to-C in Early Modern Romanian’. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

  2. Michelioudakis, D. & I. Sitaridou. (to appear). ‘Recasting the multiple-wh typology: Evidence from Pontic Greek varieties’. Lingua.

  3. Sitaridou, I. (2014). ‘Modality, antiveridicality, and complementation: The Romeyka infinitive as a negative polarity item’. Lingua. 118-146.

  4. Sitaridou, I. (2014). ‘The Romeyka Infinitive: Continuity, Contact and Change in the Hellenic varieties of Pontus’. Diachronica. 31.1.  23-73.

  5. Sitaridou, I. & M. Kaltsa (2014). ‘Contrastivity in Pontic Greek’. Lingua. 1-27.

  6. Jaspal, R. & I. Sitaridou (2013). ‘Coping With Stigmatized Linguistic Identities: Identity and Ethnolinguistic Vitality Among Andalusians.’ Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 13:2. 95-119.

  7. Sitaridou, I. (2012). ‘A comparative study of word order in Old Romance’. Folia Linguistica, 46/2, “The pace of Grammaticalisation in Romance”, (guest eds.) A. Carlier, B. Lamiroy & W. De Mulder). 553-604.

  8. Sitaridou, I. (2011). ‘Word order and information structure in Old Spanish’. Catalan Journal of Linguistics, Special issue on ‘Word Order and Information Structure’, (eds.) M. Battlori & M.-L. Hernanz. 159-184.

  9. Sitaridou, Ioanna. (2009). ‘On the emergence of personal infinitives in the history of Spanish’. Diachronica 26:1. 36-64

  10. Sitaridou, Ioanna. (2007). ‘Infinitives with subjects in Greek and Southern Italian dialects: a Sprachbund effect’. In D. Bentley & A. Ledgeway (eds.), Sui dialetti italoromanzi. Saggi in onore di Nigel B. Vincent, The Italianist, Special Supplement. London: Maney. 221-242