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Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics

Department: English

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 1398


Office: Room 1505, Attenborough Tower

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I am a Lecturer in English language and linguistics specialising in the sociolinguistics of multilingualism. I joined the University of Leicester in November 2015. Previously, I worked at Stockholm University in Sweden, the University of Sheffield, University of Essex, University of Hertfordshire, University of East Anglia, University of Bangor, University of Worcester, and the University of Cyprus.

From 2012-2014, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on the Leverhulme-Trust funded project ‘English in Europe: Opportunity or Threat?’ (University of Sheffield). During my research fellowship, I worked on the Greek Cypriot community in North London looking at language variation and language change, issues of language maintenance and shift, and identity. I continue my work on the Cypriots in London and I have also expanded my work on Greek diasporic communities in 2014 through a research grant I received from the WorldWide Universities Network. I spent two months at the University of Auckland in New Zealand where I conducted preliminary research on the Greek community of Auckland.

My main research interests are in the areas of sociolinguistics, language contact, multilingualism/bilingualism, language variation and change, language policy and planning, and second language acquisition of variation. I am particularly interested in diasporic and heritage communities around the world especially regarding issues of belonging.

At Leicester, I am the Programme Director fo the MA in English Language and Linguistics and the Senior Careers Tutor for the School of Arts.


  • BA, English Language, University of Cyprus
  • MA, Sociolinguistics, University of Essex
    Thesis: 'Self-initiated self-repairs and syntax-for-interaction: Evidence from Greek conversation', supervised by Dr Rebecca Clift
  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Essex and University of Fribourg
    Thesis: ‘The consequences of language contact: Armenian and Maronite Arabic in contact with Cypriot Greek', supervised by Professor Peter Trudgill and Dr Enam Al Wer


Journal articles and book chapters

  • (under review) 'Here you are a foreigner. End of'. There, 'they treat us like we are English': Hybridity and belonging in the Greek Cypriot community of London. Sociolinguistic studies. Equinox.
  • (2016) 'When She and He become It: The use of grammatical gender in the Greek of the Armenians of Cyprus'. In J. Abbou and F. H. Baider (eds.) (2016) Gender, language and the periphery. John Benjamins Publishing: 227-256.
  • (2015) ‘English in London: Opportunity or Threat?’: English and Cypriot Greek n the Greek Cypriot Community of North London. In A. Linn, N. Bermel and G. Ferguson (2015) English in Europe: Opportunity or Threat? Volume 1: Attitudes towards English in Europe. Mouton de Gruyter.
  • (2014a) ‘Chapter 10: Fluidity in language beliefs: The beliefs of the Kormakiti Maronite Arabic speakers of Cyprus towards their language’. In P. K. Austin and J. Sallabank (eds), Endangered Languages: Ideologies and Beliefs. The British Academy
  • Linn, A. and Hadjidemetriou, C. (2014b) ‘Introduction: English in the language ecosystem of Northern Europe’. Multilingua 13 (3/4). Mouton de Gruyter.


My main research interests are in the areas of sociolinguistics, language contact, multilingualism/bilingualism, language variation and change, language policy and planning, conversation analysis, and second language acquisition of variation.


I convene the following modules:

  • EN1037 Describing language
  • EN3205 Multilingual and multicultural communities
  • EN2196/EN3196 English and Education
  • EN7115 Multilingualism
  • EN7250 Developing dissertation skills

I also contribute to the following modules:

  • EN7314 Language in society (seminar on multilingualism)
  • ML1006 Language and society (seminar on Spanish sociolinguistics)

I have previously taught on:

  • EN1036 Studying language
  • EN1040 History of the English language
  • EN7233 Gender, language and discourse


I have supervised students working on various areas in sociolinguistics. I welcome postgraduate students interested in:

  • bilingualism/multilingualism
  • language variation and change
  • language contact and contact-induced change
  • language policy and planning
  • heritage communities

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