Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Elena Anagnostopoulou

Professor of Linguistics
Dept. of Philology, Division of Linguistics, University of Crete
Department of Linguistics

Elena Anagnostopoulou obtained her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Salzburg in 1994. After a post-doc at MIT (1997-1998), where she returned in 2007 as a Visiting Associate Professor, she took a position at the University of Crete in 1998, where she is Professor of Theoretical Linguistics. In 2019 she was elected member of Academia Europaea and since 2023 she is Collaborating Faculty Member of IMS-FORTH. Her primary research interests lie in theoretical and comparative syntax and the interfaces linking syntax to the lexicon, to morphology and to interpretation.  She is author of The Syntax of Ditransitives. Evidence from Clitics (Mouton de Gruyter 2003), co-author of External Arguments in Transitivity Alternations. A Layering Approach (Oxford University Press 2015), has co-edited collective volumes and conference proceedings and has produced articles in journals (edited volumes and conference proceedings. She is Co-editor in the Series Open Generative Syntax, Language Science Press, member of the editorial board of the journals Journal of Greek Linguistics, Linguistic Inquiry and Syntax, was a member of the organizing committee of the international Summer School CreteLing 2017-2019, 2022, and a panel member of the ERC Starting Grant SH4 (Calls 2017, 2019, 2021). She has been awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany) 2013 and the “Stelios Pichorides’ award for Excellence in Academic Teaching 2022 from the University of Crete, in recognition of her accomplishments in research and teaching. 

In recent years, she has developed an interest in historical linguistics as well as in phylogenetic research. She was international Co-Investigator of a 2017-2019 grant on the diachrony and dialectal variation of case patterns in Greek (Ulster University) funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK., (PI: Christina Sevdali). Moreover, she has established an interdisciplinary group of linguists, evolutionary and computational biologists as PI of two grants on language as an evolvable system, funded by the University of Crete, co-PI Manolis Ladoukakis, Department of Biology, and by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation H.F.R.I. In May 2023 she organized the workshop Computational Phylogenetics and language (Pre)history: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects at the University of Crete. In June 2023 she was selected for funding from the competitive European program ERC Advanced Grant 2022 for the project “Phylogenies probing Grammar. Exploring morphosyntax at different scales of language change (PhylProGramm)” submitted with IMS-FORTH (starting date October 1st 2023).