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Ioanna (Nina) Topintzi

Associate Professor - Department of Theoretical & Applied Linguistics

308 | +30 2310 997050 | topintzi@enl.auth.gr | personal page
Office hours: WE 13:30-14:30 click here)

Nina (Ioanna) Topintzi is Associate Professor in Phonology at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics of the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a BA in Greek Philology from the University of Crete, and an MA and a PhD in Linguistics from University College London. A revised version of her doctoral thesis was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 with the title Onsets: Suprasegmental and Prosodic Behaviour. She has taught in Greece and abroad (UCL, AUTH, University of Patras, TEI of Patras, University of the Aegean). In 2011 she was a visiting scholar at MIT and then a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Leipzig (2011-2012). During 2012-2014, she held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Leipzig. She teaches in the areas of phonology, phonetics and typology and conducts research in phonology (syllable structure, stress, geminates, metrics, segmental phonology), as well as the phonetics-phonology and the phonology-morphology interfaces. She has published in international journals (Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, Phonology, Glossa, Journal of Greek Linguistics), edited volumes (e.g. The Blackwell Companion to Phonology) and conference proceedings. She has also participated in various research projects in Greece and abroad (Brazil, Germany).



Selected Publications (visit my webpage for further details)
  • , . 2021. . , . ISBN 978-960-524-605-1. : .
  • Gratsouni, D. & N. Topintzi. 2020. On the syllabification of ON (obstruent-nasal) clusters in Greek. 40: 105-113. : .
  • Topintzi, N., K. Avdelidis & Th. Valkanou. 2019. Quantifying Greek rhyme. In Selected Papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from ISTAL 23. N. Topintzi et al. (eds.), Prothiki: Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, pp. 429-47.
  • White, J., R. Kager, T. Linzen, G. Markopoulos, A. Martin, A. Nevins, S.  Peperkamp, K. Polgárdi, N. Topintzi & R. van de Vijver. 2018. Preference for locality is affected by the prefix/suffix asymmetry: evidence from artificial language learning. In Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society [NELS 48], Vol. III, pp. 207-220.
  • Topintzi, N. & A. Nevins. 2017. Moraic Onsets in Arrernte. Phonology 34(3): 615-650. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0952675717000306.
  • Topintzi, N. & S. Davis. 2017. On the Weight of Edge Geminates. In Phonetics and Phonology of Geminate Consonants, H. Kubozono (ed.), pp. 260- 282. Oxford: Oxford Uni. Press.
  • Topintzi, N. 2016. Iquito: The Prosodic Colon and Challenges to OT Stress Accounts. In Dimensions of Phonological Stress, J. Heinz et al. (eds.), pp. 123-167. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Baltazani, M., E. Kainada, A. Revithiadou & N. Topintzi. 2016. Vocoid-driven processes: Palatalization and glide hardening in Greek and its dialects. Glossa 1(1), 23. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.108.
  • Topintzi, N. & S. Versace. 2015. A Linguistic Analysis of the Modern Greek Dekapentasyllavo meter. Journal of Greek Linguistics 15(2): 235-269. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/15699846-01502004.  
  • Topintzi, N. & E. Zimmermann. 2014. As alive as ever: the geminate debate under Containment. In Linguistische Arbeits Berichte 92: Topics at InfL, A. Assmann et al. (eds.), pp. 65-90, Universität Leipzig.
  • Topintzi, N. & M. Baltazani. 2012. The acoustics of high-vowel loss in a Northern Greek dialect and typological implications. In Consonant clusters and structural complexity, P. Hoole et al. (eds.), Interface Explorations series, Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 369-398.
  • Topintzi, N. & E. Kainada. 2012. Acronyms and the placement of default stress in Greek. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Greek Linguistics, Z. Gavriilidou et al. (eds), Komotini: Democritus University of Thrace, pp. 559-570.
  • Topintzi, N. 2011. Onsets. Chapter 55, in The Blackwell Companion to Phonology, C. Ewen et al. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Topintzi, N. 2010. Onsets: Suprasegmental and Prosodic Behaviour. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, N. 125. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521493352. April 2010 (http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521493352)
  • Topintzi, N. 2008. On the existence of moraic onset geminates. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 26(1): 147-184. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11049-008-9034-4.
  • Topintzi, N. 2006. A (not so) paradoxical instance of compensatory lengthening: Samothraki Greek and theoretical implications. Journal of Greek Linguistics 7: 71119. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/jgl.7.05top. 

TEACHING (ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021)

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Winter G-LSUD2 ThLing230 Phonetics - Phonology b Thursday 16:00 18:30
Winter G-LSUD3 ThLing 396 Language Typology: Synchronic and Diachronic Views Wednesday 13:30 16:00
Spring G-LSUD2 ThLing230 Phonetics - Phonology b Wednesday 11:00 13:30
Spring G-LSUD2 ThLing496 Phonology-Morphology Interface Thursday 16:00 18:30