Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Dimitris Michelioudakis

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Department of Linguistics

Dimitris Michelioudakis studied classics and linguistics at the University of Athens and theoretical linguistics at the University of Cambridge (MPhil 2007, PhD 2012). He taught introductory and intermediate courses in theoretical linguistics, syntax, semantics and typology as a teaching and research assistant at Cambridge (2010-2013), and held a postdoctoral research position at York (2013-2018), where he taught intermediate and advanced courses in comparative and diachronic syntax, the syntax-semantics interface and syntactic typology. Since 2019, he is assistant professor of general linguistics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 

He specialises in the syntax of Greek and its dialects, syntactic typology, syntactic change, comparative syntax and the interfaces of syntax with semantics (mainly argument and event structure), pragmatics and morphology (compounding and case). His research interests also include syntax-based phylogenetics and the use of syntactic parameters to probe genetic relatedness and the intensity of language contact. In 2015, he conducted fieldwork on two South American languages in Brazil, as part of his British Council-funded Researcher Links project. He has published a number of book chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, and articles in journals such as Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, The Linguistic Review, Rivista di Grammatica Generativa, Glossa, Bioessays. Since December 2019, he collaborates with Elena Anagnostopoulou (University of Crete) and Manolis Ladoukakis (Department of Biology, University of Crete) on the interaction between linguistics and evolutionary biology in the study of language variation and language history. He was a member of the research team on “Modeling Glossogeny (ModelGloss, an HFRI-funded project, 2019-2023) and is now a research team member on “Phylogenies Probing Grammar” (PhylProGramm, Advanced ERC Grant, PI: Elena Anagnostopoulou, starting 2023-2028).