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Student: GAGAMARIA THOMAI (2023)|
Thesis title: Variation, Change and Translation: Early Modern Greek vs. Early Modern English
Translation: Γλωσσική ποικιλία, μεταβολή και μετάφραση: Πρώιμη Νέα Ελληνική έναντι Πρώιμης Σύγχρονης Αγγλικής
Supervising Committee: Lavidas Nikolaos | Karantzola Eleni | Tsangalidis
The aim of the thesis is to study the way language variation is reflected in translation. More specifically, approaches and strategies identified in translations of literary works of the Early Modern English and the Early Modern Greek varieties are examined. The works being employed for the purposes of the thesis include William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline and The Tempest, as these are translated in Greek, as well as Vitsentzos Kornaros’ Erotokritos and Georgios Chortatsis’ Erophile and their corresponding English translations. The thesis focuses on the translation of instances of language variation, which, in this case, are part of older linguistic varieties. Historical and dialectal corpora as well as translation corpora are to be used for the research purposes as tools facilitating the organization and description of the data, as well as allowing the researcher to reach subsequent empirical conclusions. It should be mentioned that the corpus annotation process is to be based on the PROIEL Treebank annotation scheme. PROIEL Treebank includes textual material written in various ancient Indo-European languages annotated on a morphosyntactic level. The methodological framework of the thesis is that of the Descriptive Translation Studies.
The aim of research is to determine whether a study on the individual linguistic features of a given variety may shed light on various aspects of the translation process and contribute in the identification of translation patterns established between two antithetical linguistic pairs. Additionally, a comparative study of the conclusions drawn individually as to each linguistic pair seeks to reveal the parameters playing a role in the translation process and shaping the translation outcome.
Student: KOKLA ANASTASIA (2023)|
Thesis title: Το φαινομενο «Πέππα το γουρουνάκι»: ένα τηλεοπτικό πρόγραμμα προσχολικής ηλικίας που προωθεί την εκμάθηση των Αγγλικών, την προκοινωνική συμπεριφορά, την πολυπολιτισμικότητα και την ισότητα των φύλων
Translation: The Phenomenon Peppa Pig: A Preschool TV Programme that Promotes EFL Learning, Prosocial Behaviour, Multiculturalism and Gender Equality
Supervising Committee: Alexiou Thomai | Matthaioudaki Marina | Milton James
The present thesis used the British animated programme Peppa Pig in a different context than it was originally designed for; the show originally addressed preschoolers native speakers of English, but in this research it was used to address EFL preschoolers. The researcher had two main research goals: to test if Peppa Pig can be an effective EFL language teaching tool and if it can be used to model prosocial and cultural behaviour.To meet the first goal, the researcher examined the vocabulary contained in the programme. A corpus, which contains the majority of the show’s episodes, was compiled to investigate whether the vocabulary of Peppa Pig is frequent and appropriate for beginner learners of English. Also, it was explored if the most frequent formulaic sequences are included in the show and whether there is repetition. To test if Peppa could successfully teach formulaic sequences to preschoolers, the researcher conducted an experiment in two phases. Eighty-nine preschoolers (3-, 4- and 5-year-olds) were tested to determine if formulaic language could be receptively acquired simply by watching the show, if its acquisition was reinforced by explicit teaching and if there was an age effect. For the second goal of this thesis, a thorough qualitative analysis of the show was conducted to determine whether prosocial behaviour, gender equality and cultural diversity are promoted in the show.Results showed that only one third of the show’s words are highly frequent; most of the words are infrequent. Also, Peppa Pig was found to contain the appropriate vocabulary for very young beginners of English, but at the same time most of its vocabulary was found to be of advanced level. More than a third of the most frequent formulaic sequences were found to be included in the corpus and they were extensively repeated. As far as the testing phases of the study are concerned, findings showed that simply watching Peppa Pig led to receptive uptake of formulaic sequences for both 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds in both testing phases. As was expected, viewing accompanied with instruction led to greater lexical chunks’ gains than merely being exposed to the show in both testing phases. Age played an important role in formulaic language acquisition; older learners generally scored better than younger ones. Finally, the qualitative analysis of the show determined that Peppa Pig can be used to model prosocial and cultural behaviour. Prosocial behaviour (i.e. volunteering, social interaction, eco-awareness, inclusion) is widely promoted in Peppa Pig as well as gender equality. There is a balanced ratio between female and male characters and gender representation challenges stereotyped beliefs. Cultural and ethnic diversity is promoted in the show through the characters’ appearance, the plot, and the setting.
Student: MICHAILIDOU SOTIRIA (2023)|
Thesis title: Η Αγγλική Εθνική Ταυτότητα μέσα από την Αστυνομική Λογοτεχνία στα Μισά του Εικοστού Αιώνα: Ξαναδιαβάζοντας τις Βασίλισσες του Εγκλήματος
Translation: Englishness in the mid-twentieth century detective fiction: Rereading the queens of crime
Supervising Committee: Yiannopoulou Efthymia | Apostolou Fotini | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
The purpose of this thesis is to introduce the connection between popular literature (and more particularly crime fiction) and national identity in order to start the discussion about the role of popular literature in the formation of national identity and vice versa. Τwo are the main reasons why I have chosen to examine Englishness in crime fiction. The first one is that it is my assumption that twentieth-century Englishness is a racialised concept tied to the ideologies of the British Empire. The second reason is one that probably adds to the originality of this thesis, and is the premise that popular literature, such as golden-age detective fiction, is more complex than commonly thought. Hence, it is connected to popular discourses, such as the dominant culture, in ways that are not necessarily straightforward or unidirectional, so it is not clearly for or against the nation or class position. Similarly, Englishness in mid-twentieth century is no more straightforward, as it is in transition and changing. Such changes are depicted in the queens’ oeuvre, which makes reading them for that purpose even more intriguing because, before all else, it serves my intention to dispute the commonly-held view that detective fiction is a low-brow pastime with no literary value which does not merit any theoretical attention. What I suggest, instead, is that notions of Englishness invariably circulate in the corridors of detective texts, which help contemporary and subsequent readers construct, deconstruct and reconstruct it as a shifting identity.
Student: XARGIA MARIA (2023)|
Thesis title: The written Greek Adolescent English as a Foreign Language corpus: An analysis of argument construction
Translation: Γραπτό σώμα κειμένων Ελλήνων εφήβων μαθητών στα Αγγλικά: αναλύοντας την κατασκευή επιχειρημάτων
Supervising Committee: Matthaioudaki Marina | Agathopoulou Eleni | Milton James
Writing is a complex skill that poses considerable difficulty to both first and second language writers. Second language writing research has focused on university level students leaving the area of adolescent second language writing severely underdeveloped. The present study addresses this research gap by examining the argumentative writing of Greek students, aged 12-16, in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The participants, 353 Greek adolescent students completed the Quick Oxford Placement Test (UCLES, 2001), a brief questionnaire, and wrote essays on controversial topics. Students’ handwritten essays were transcribed and saved as word documents and a learner corpus of 100,000 words (507 essays in total) was compiled (GAEFL). The study primarily aims to map the territory of Greek adolescent EFL learners’ argumentative writing performance in terms of the overall quality of arguments as well as the use of the argument elements of thesis, data, warrant, and rebuttal, looking at the same time into factors that might affect argument construction. It also aims at exploring students’ thesis position rhetorical preferences and use of opinion markers in the thesis clause. More specifically, the research questions of the study are: What is the argumentative writing profile of adolescent Greek EFL learners in terms of a) thesis position and use of opinion markers in the thesis clause, b) the production of the argument elements of thesis, data, warrant, rebuttal, and c) the overall quality of their arguments? Do the factors of age, English language proficiency level, type of essay prompt, thesis position, use of suggestions/ solutions, and learning a second foreign language affect the production of the overall argument quality, as well as the use of the argument elements of thesis, data, warrant, and rebuttal? A mixed-methods research design was adopted using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Qualitative analysis was performed in order to investigate the production of arguments in students’ essays. An adaptation of Toulmin’s (2003) model of argument structure informed by Kuhn and Crowell’s (2011) argument model as well as Wolfe and colleagues notion of myside bias (Wolfe et al., 2009; Wolfe & Britt, 2008) was used to both identify the argument elements of claim, data, warrant, and rebuttal and to assess the overall quality of students’ arguments. Quantitative analysis was used to analyze the questionnaire and QPT results. Statistical analyses were performed using the SPPS software ver. 25 (IBM Corp. 2017). Findings showed that students generate arguments of average quality. Although in most of the essays a clear thesis was articulated accompanied by an opinion marker, weaknesses were found in the use of the argument elements of data and warrant. Regarding the argument element of rebuttal, the overwhelming percentage of essays exhibited myside bias, neglecting completely the consideration of opposing positions. Age, proficiency level, and type of prompt were the most significant factors affecting argument construction in Greek adolescent EFL writing. Interesting findings emerged in relation to the students’ thesis location preferences. Findings are discussed informed by previous empirical findings and literature on the argumentative writing genre, argument schemata, and culture. Implications for argumentative writing pedagogy are also presented.
Student: BATSARI SOFIA (2022)|
Thesis title: The effect of motivational constructs on the implementation of learning strategies in foreign language learning
Translation: Η επίδραση των κινήτρων στην εφαρμογή στρατηγικών μάθησης ξένης γλώσσας
Supervising Committee: Sougari Areti-Maria | Koutsogiannis Dimitrios | Alexiou Thomai
The aim of the undertaken study is to investigate the motivation involved in the employment of language learning strategies, within the Greek context of English language learning in primary and secondary education. Proficiency level in English correlates with motivation components and learning strategy use. The construct of motivation initiates and affects learners’ deployment of learning strategies in the course of foreign language learning. Learning strategy deployment can be determined by the motivation components and the proficiency level of English in the process of language achievement.
The contribution of the study to the promotion of foreign language learning lies in the investigation of learner motivation, leading to linguistic competence in English, providing feedback to the design and implementation of teaching material, syllabus and curriculum. The study aspires to offer insight to motivation and its components, across learners of different proficiency levels. Any language experience in the classroom supplies a source of understanding of motivation and learning strategies, leading to English language achievement.
Student: KOUTSI PANAGIOTA (2022)|
Thesis title: Narratives of Punishment: Society and the Death Penalty in Contemporary Anglophone Plays
Translation: Αφηγήσεις Τιμωρίας: Η Κοινωνία και η Θανατική Ποινή σε Σύγχρονα Αγγλόφωνα Θεατρικά Έργα
Supervising Committee: Detsi Zoi | Patsalidis Savas | Baka Afroditi
The death penalty has been a law enforcement tactic in a number of societies and cultures since the dawn of humanity. So has the debate and controversy that surrounds it. Executions have been part of the machinery of the American and European judicial system for many centuries, with the USA being among the few countries in the western world that continue its practice till today as an institutionalized form of punishment sanctioned by law. Theatre enters this long lasting controversy and attempts to address the issue of the death penalty from a range of perspectives expressed through a number of plays mostly written during a two-year period (2013-2015) by American and European playwrights. My research will emphasize contemporary Anglophone plays within a transatlantic context of a comparative study of American, British and Irish plays in order to highlight the different perspectives and approaches to the issue of the death penalty, taking into consideration the various sociopolitical particularities of the plays’ production that connect or separate their stories. The complexity of this issue and its direct connection to the social and cultural reality which is in a relentless negotiation with law and punishment will be further outlined. The plays discussed here aim at pointing out the role of the death penalty as a mechanism which spears society in a way that negatively influences those involved in this process, more directly, but also society in general.
Student: DANAVASI TERPSITHEA (2021)|
Thesis title: Investigating the learnability of uninterpretable features in advanced L2 Greek grammars
Translation: Η διερεύνηση δυνατότητας εκμάθησης μη ερμηνεύσιμων γραμματικών χαρακτηριστικών στην Ελληνική ως Γ2, σε προχωρημένα στάδια ελληνομάθειας
Supervising Committee: Agathopoulou Eleni | Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Papadopoulou Despoina
The acquisition of gender and articles by adult L2 Greek learners. An account of what can maximally be acquired in these areas of L2 syntax and an attempted explanation of the persistent divergence of L2 endstate grammars in comparison to target grammars through reference to the theory of uninterpretable features in minimalist terms (Tsimpli and Roussou, 1991; Tsimpli and Dimitrakopoulou, 2007). This phD will develop within Chomsky’s Principles and Parameters framework and the Minimalist Program (Chomsky, 1995, 2005).
Student: FELEKIDOU DESPINA (2021)|
Thesis title: Parliamentary metaphors for morality before and after the financial crisis in Greece
Supervising Committee: Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki | Boutoulousi Eleni | Frangaki Georgia
Student: KELMALI EIRINI (2021)|
Thesis title: An acoustic analysis of selected aspects of Greek for the development of a speech training tool for applications in education and speech pathology
Translation: Ακουστική ανάλυση επιλεγμένων περιοχών της Ελληνικής για τη δημιουργία ενός συστήματος εξάσκησης ομιλίας για εφαρμογή στην εκπαίδευση και την παθολογία του λόγου.
Supervising Committee: Nikolaidou Aikaterini | Okalidou Areti | Kouroupetoglou Georgios
Variability in the speech signal is a topic that has been studied by many researchers. Coarticulation relates to variability, as it studies context effects on segmental production. Coarticulation models aim to offer explanations regarding the temporal and spatial characteristics of speech gestures and their interaction. The Degree of Articulatory Constrain (DAC) model of coarticulation accounts for coarticulatory patterns based on the gestural characteristics of different segments. The aim of the current thesis is to examine variability in selected acoustic characteristics of Greek fricatives (duration, amplitude, spectral moments) and vowels (F1, F2, F3, duration and F0), as well as the coarticulatory characteristics of selected fricative-vowel syllable combinations. Variability in fricative production will be investigated and compared, in the productions of female adults, male adults (18-50 years old), female children and male children (8-10 years old). Even though Greek fricative and vowel production by adults has been examined in previous studies, child speech has not been studied extensively and knowledge regarding the developmental characteristics of speech production is limited. Besides, gender differences have not been studied extensively. Additional factors including voicing and stress will also be examined. The current thesis also examines coarticulation, within the framework of the DAC model, as there is limited knowledge on Greek coarticulatory phenomena both in adult and child speech. Speakers’ utterances are compared not only for age but also for gender specific coarticulatory characteristics. The results show that fricative production varies as a function of place of articulation, voicing and context. Gender variability is detected in spectral mean (M1) measurements, while age affects fricative duration, spectral mean (M1) and variance (M2). Findings on vowels reveal that vowel quality, stress and fricative context are the factors that mainly cause variability. Age affects all acoustic characteristics apart from normalised duration, while speaker gender does not affect absolute or normalised duration measurements. Voicing of the preceding fricative also affects vowel quality. Findings on coarticulation reveal that the four groups of speakers share some general coarticulatory patterns. Regarding age and gender differences on fricative to vowel coarticulation effects of the F2onset values, male adults and female children showed context effects on more consonant categories, while for F2mid values, adult vowel productions were more affected by context. Regarding anticipatory coarticulation on fricatives by the following vowel, the four speaker groups showed different effects by vowels on the various fricative categories.
Student: KOTAMPITSI MARIA (2021)|
Thesis title: The Representation of Pain in Works of Samuel Beckett, Sarah Kane and Howard Barker
Translation: Η Αναπαράσταση του Πόνου σε Επιλεγμένα 'Εργα των Σάμουελ Μπέκετ, Σάρα Κέιν και Χάουαρντ Μπάρκερ
Supervising Committee: Sakellaridou Elisavet | Kitsi-Mytakou Katerina | Germanou Maro
Although the experience of pain seems to have been a key concept in the works of Samuel Beckett, Howard Barker and Sarah Kane, the modes of its representation on stage differ. Beckett’s dysfunctional bodies drag their being philosophizing about trivialities, trapped in and betrayed by their painful body. Kane’s extreme and explicit physical pain exposes the excess of social evil and her characters seem to be self-destructive and unable to control their body or mind. Barker’s bodies embrace pain as an embodied necessity and handle it as a tool of resistance against moral conventionality and as a means of connecting with the world. The choice to accept and use pain’s ambiguous nature breaks the boundaries between body and consciousness and converts the dysfunctional suffering body into a functional and creative one. Pain does not appear to function as an exclusively negative element of life but also as a constructive force which transforms the self to an empowered being with infinite creative possibilities in the world. The textual analysis is mostly based on the phenomenological concepts of Merleau-Ponty for whom the lived body is determined by and remakes the world because it is the physical body that acts and its perception of the things and of the world changes according to its situation at the present moment.
Student: NIKOLAIDOU DIMITRA (2021)|
Thesis title: Negotiating the Life Fantastic: The Interplay of Narrative and Culture In Tabletop Role-Playing Games
Supervising Committee: Pastourmatzi Domna | Detsi Zoe | Rapatzikou Tatiani
Student: PANAGIOTIDOU THEODORA (2021)|
Thesis title: Argument structures in diachrony: Contact effects of translation
Translation: Δομές ορισμάτων στη διαχρονία: Αποτελέσματα γλωσσικής επαφής σε μεταφρασμένα κείμενα
Supervising Committee: Lavidas Nikolaos | Giannakis Georgios | Tsangalidis Anastasios
Τhis dissertation aims at a qualitative and quantitative diachronic analysis of lexico-grammatical change in specialized registers and the assessment of the role of translation in promoting or inhibiting such changes. In particular, it looks at the English-Greek language pair and how the dominance of the former within the context of scientific communication has the potential to influence the latter. The anticipated outcome will broaden the interdisciplinary scope and add nuances to our understanding of translation-induced language change in specialized registers.
Student: VOGIATZIS NIKOLAOS (2021)|
Thesis title: Language documentation and description: A morphophonological analysis of the Thassian dialect based on fieldwork study
Translation: Γλωσσική τεκμηρίωση και περιγραφή: Μορφοφωνολογική ανάλυση της διαλέκτου της Θάσου βασισμένης σε έρευνα πεδίου
Supervising Committee: Elisavet Mela-Athanasopoulou | Aggeliki Ralli | Dimitrios Papazachariou
The proposed dissertation intends to provide a detailed description and analysis of the phonology and morphology of the Thassian dialect, a previously undocumented dialect, spoken on the island of Thassos, Greece. The aforementioned dialect is critically endangered as a result of the large scale urbanization and modernization of the area mainly caused by the rapid economic growth flowing from increased tourism.
Based on original data obtained through field research and more particularly through recordings, the proposed thesis additionally aims to create a complete record of the dialect in question by trying to encapsulate in it all those features that constitute its typology from the tiniest phonological variations up to the semantic cues encountered in an array of communicative events.
Student: ATHANASIADOU IFIGENIA (2020)|
Thesis title: Conceptualization and expression of count and mass nouns: An experimental investigation in language acquisition
Translation: Εννοιοποίηση και εκφορά μετρήσιμων και μη-μετρήσιμων ουσιαστικών: Εμπειρική διερεύνηση στη γλωσσική απόκτηση
Supervising Committee: Athanasiadou Angeliki | Papadopoulou Despina | Milapidis Michalis
My research interests lie in the fields of Developmental Cognitive Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Grammar, Usage-based First Language Acquisition, and Linguistic Relativity vs. Universalism. My main research focuses on cognitive linguistic approaches to cross-linguistic first language acquisition and to the dynamic interplay between language acquisition and conceptual development. In my doctoral thesis, I aim a cognitive approach at the effects of cross-linguistic grammatical number marking on nonverbal categorisation preferences in (non-)labelling contexts in language usage and in first language acquisition. In order to investigate these effects, I conducted experiments with monolingual native Greek/English-speaking adults and children ranging in age from 2 to 5 years.
Student: DELIOGLANIS VASILIOS (2020)|
Thesis title: Locative Media and Narrative in North American Literature and Culture
Translation: Μέσα Επικοινωνίας Δι' Εντοπισμού και η σχέση τους με τα Aφηγήματα στη Λογοτεχνία και τον Πολιτισμό της Βορείου Αμερικής
Supervising Committee: Rapatzikou Tatiani | Kokkonis Michalis | Pawel Frelik
This Ph.D. project aims at investigating the ways in which new media technologies challenge, revolutionize, and reconfigure the concept of narrativity. In the last decade mobile and locative media technologies have signalled a major shift in the way we perceive and experience physical, digital and narrative space. This project constitutes an attempt to record the effects that mobile and locative media have had on literary production by focusing on particular literary texts (print and digital) as well as on online games and locative media projects with a view of exploring what happens to narrative practices when literary practice, locative media and mobile technologies converge.
Some of the key terms to be discussed in this project are (location-based) narratives, spatiality, urbanism, hypertext, gaming and embodiment. The present Ph.D. dissertation will also draw on various theories within the broader context of narrative theory and new media, urban studies and mapping in order to explore mobile and locative media experimentations as well as the innovative contribution of locative media to narrative studies.
Student: DELLIOU ELENI (2020)|
Thesis title: 'Lying in a Bed of Ancient Ruins': Charles Mee Revisits Greek Drama
Translation: Χτίζοντας πάνω σε ερείπια: ο Αμερικανός θεατρικός συγγραφέας Charles Mee αναδημιουργεί αρχαίες ελληνικές τραγωδίες.
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savas | Pastourmatzi Domna | Detsi Zoi
Diasporic by nature, the texts of the Greek classics are further uprooted and re-roo/uted by American playwright Charles Mee through his collagist and multi-dimensional approach, to become relevant for a contemporary audience. Reclaiming several ancient plays for his own social, political, and cultural milieu, Mee intersperses their lines with shards of modern culture, integrating extracts from a variety of sources into the ancient works. The fragmentary, pluralistic, migratory texts that emerge aptly reflect the sense of chaos and atmosphere of decay that Mee finds symptomatic of modern times. In presenting ancient and modern characters, and, by implication, humanity as a whole, trapped in a vicious cycle that was incited and is still fueled by war, violence, injustice, miscommunication, and (false) claims to innocence, Mee reinforces the communication line between past and present and examines the reasons behind humanity’s current predicament. This doctoral dissertation seeks to examine the foregoing issues and thematic strands in the light of their cross-cultural and cross-temporal migrations from ante-text to new text, and explore the very cultural conditions and shaping forces that impelled the modern creations. It will also provide an insight into Charles Mee’s approach to playwriting, exemplified in the methods he employs to contemporize the plays of Aeschylus and Euripides.
Student: IOANNIDOU ELISAVET (2020)|
Thesis title: Neo-Victorian Labyrinths: Reconfiguring the Spaces and Places of Female Marginality in Contemporary Rewritings of the Victorian Era
Translation: Νέο-Βικτωριανοί Λαβύρινθοι: Αναθεωρήσεις των Χώρων και Τόπων της Γυναικείας Περιθωριακότητας σε Σύγχρονες Επανεγγραφές της Βικτωριανής Εποχής
Supervising Committee: Kitsi-Mitakou Aikaterini | Yiannopoulou Efthimia | Schina Maria
My thesis examines representations of Victorian space in neo-Victorian fiction and how these revise Victorian class and gender norms. I utilize a combination of theoretical approaches (humanistic and feminist geography, psychogeography, nomadic theory) which emphasize the concept of place, defining it as space that acquires emotional value and forms individual identity, but rejects presuppositions such as stasis and stability. This framework allows for the problematization of restrictions that are imposed due to the individual’s gender and social class when place is interpreted only socially, and not as an individual need. Textual analysis focuses on the texts’ choice of female protagonists from the lower social strata, and their refusal to confine them within specific social positions and their respective spaces. Stressing the characters’ mobility, the texts discontinue conventionally Victorian assumptions about social stratification and spatial compartmentalization. Victorian society emerges as a maze that foregrounds the connection and interaction of its constituents. The characters’ movement in space brings about their familiarization with social positions which initially promise social advancement and integration, but turn out to be detrimental for the individual. In this way, the texts criticize Victorian preconceptions about space, gender, and class, such as the separate spheres ideology and the degeneration of the social margin; the texts voice, thus, the silenced polyphony of the nineteenth century, acknowledging, however, both the Victorian era’s attempts to address its social ills, and the need to expand their critique to the present as well.
Student: CHARISIS VASILIOS (2019)|
Thesis title: Conceptualizing the Diva: Representations of black Female Music Stars in American Popular Culture
Translation: Η εννοιολόγηση της ντίβας: αναπαραστάσεις μαύρων γυναικών σταρ της μουσικής στην Αμερικανική λαϊκή κουλτούρα
Supervising Committee: Rapatzikou Tatiani | Kontos Nikolaos | Grigoris Paschalidis
This dissertation explores the careers of nine mainstream African American female music stars that rose to fame during the second half of the twentieth century. The concept that motivates the entire study is that of the diva, with the main goal being the examination of how the latter term has determined these artists’ performances on their way in becoming influential figures in the broader American popular culture. Through a close reading of these artists’ body of work, including parts of their discography, filmography, videography, and memoirs this project aims at highlighting the diva as a timeless yet dynamic category of popular entertainment that is also a distinct musical product of America. This research also prompts an intense debate regarding matters of cultural, racial, and musical identities, while challenging established notions such as cultural authenticity and music genre. Ultimately, the diva emerges as an umbrella field that unifies all the different strands of the representations of black female musical artistry in America as they have come to fruition over a five decade period.
Student: CHATZIPAPATHEODORIDIS KONSTANTINOS (2019)|
Thesis title: Strut, Sing, Slay: Diva Camp Praxis and Queer Audiences in the Arena Tour Spectacle
Translation: Η Πρακτική του Camp από Ντίβες και το Queer Κοινό στα Περιοδεύοντα Μουσικά Θεάματα
Supervising Committee: Detsi Zoi | Blatanis Konstantinos | Dokou Christina
This thesis approaches the interrelation between music divas and queer audiences through the perspectives of camp performance and the politics of contemporary global gay culture. By examining the concepts of diva worship pattern and camp fandom within the context of the modern arena concert tour, this research traces in diva spectacles those queer praxes (i.e. traditions, styles, fashions, mannerisms, and socio-cultural references) that address and appeal to queer audiences, and constitute the fundamental basis of the long-established diva-queer culture relationship. The project taps into contemporary tour shows by queer music icons, such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga, in an attempt to annotate, historicize, and contextualize the said praxes with regard to cultural production and audience reception. Regarding queer audiences, this dissertation further draws from the field of popular culture and, more specifically, fan theory to propose the concept of audience drag, a practice of costuming that sees fans impersonating their adored diva within the social space of the concert-event as a means of cultivating fandom and inclusivity as well as freedom of gender and sexual expression. Taking also into account the global/transnational appeal the aforementioned divas and their tour shows demonstrate, particular attention has been paid to the cultural aspects of the notions of spectacle and audience parallel to identity markers and socio-cultural modifiers of gender, sexuality, race, age, and religion. As this thesis argues, contemporary diva spectacles, a mass-entertainment fusion of the genres of rock concert and musical theater, serves as a fecund and still under-explored ground to investigate at once multiple cultural strands concerned with the nature of queer culture, pop culture and entertainment, as well as concepts of reception, immersion, and performance as a socio-political vehicle of cultural expression and legacy.
Student: MANTZARIS THOMAS (2019)|
Thesis title: Rethinking the Print Novel: Multimodality and Experimentation in Contemporary American Fiction
Translation: Επαναπροσδιορίζοντας το έντυπο μυθιστόρημα: πολυτροπικότητα και πειραματισμός στη σύγχρονη Αμερικανική πεζογραφία
Supervising Committee: Rapatzikou Tatiani | Fjellestad Danuta | Leonard Philip
This project examines contemporary American novels that feature verbal and non-verbal modes of representation as integral part of their narratives. Focusing on the design of these print novels as material artifacts, the present dissertation explores the experimentation with multimodality as evidenced in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (2000), Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005), J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S. (2013), and Zachary Thomas Dodson’s Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel (2015). The dissertation identifies recurrent features of multimodal novels, and proposes that their complex terrain be considered with a critical synthesis informed by the field of multimodality studies and print book history in order to shed light on the qualities and functions of the literary practices the reader encounters. By foregrounding a range of features relating to typography, photography, and design, multimodal novels challenge literary conventions, open interdisciplinary critical territories, and reassert the print novel’s presence and significance in the twenty-first century.
Student: VOGIATZIS ANASTASIOS (2019)|
Thesis title: Words in crisis: Metaphor, metonymy, and reframing in persuasion
Translation: Λέξεις σε κρίση: Μεταφορά, μετωνυμία, και επαναπλαισίωση στην πειθώ
Supervising Committee: Athanasiadou-Georthanasi Angeliki | Van Mulken Margot | Kostaridou-Efkleidou Anastasia
In my research I examine the use of cognitive mechanisms such as metaphor and metonymy by the Greek polity in the frame of the Greek economic crisis. In particular, I examine the way metaphor and metonymy were used in the first two years of the financial crisis in Greece in order to reframe domains of the Greek economy that would be severely hit by the implementation of the economic measures. Such reframing concentrated on areas such as the public sector, social policies, education, and employment in an attempt by the Greek prime minister George Papandreou to persuade the Greek public on the radical changes that had to take place in these sectors within a short time span. Though metaphor has been examined as a persuasive device in relation to literal speech, my focus is on the persuasive power of positive metaphoric language versus negative metaphoric language. In order to test the persuasive power of these two types of metaphors I compare two experimental conditions of one hypothetical scenario framed in positive vs negative metaphoric language. Based on the observations up till now the hypothesis I test is that positive metaphoric language is a more powerful persuasive device compared to negative metaphoric language.
Student: DELIKONSTANTINIDOU AIKATERINI (2018)|
Thesis title: Latino/a Reception of Greek Tragic Myth: Healing (and) Radical Politics
Translation: Λατινο/αμερικανική πρόσληψη του Ελληνικού τραγικού μύθου: Θεραπευτική (και) ριζοσπαστική πολιτική
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savvas | Anagnostou Georgios | Kalogeras Georgios
Commendable and, in many cases, quite successful attempts have been made, in the last few decades, in the U.S. and elsewhere, to counter the devalorization and systematic exclusion of Latino/a American theatre by the hegemonic canon, and to promote the work of representative playwrights, performers, and theatre practitioners, more generally. However, the role and function of the Greek tragic myth, as a rich corpus of widely known yet contested material, for Latino/a theatre and for the communities this theatre engages and addresses have drawn little critical interest. The purpose of this project is to attempt to make up for this lack of critical analysis of Greek-inspired and -based Latino/a revisionary theatre (an important swathe of Latino/a cultural production), reverse its current state of marginalization, and foreground its rich potential for remedying social and cultural ills, but also for forging inter/cross-cultural bonds between the Greek and the Latino/a American cultures. In order to serve the said purpose, the present study examines the practice of creating “dramatic mythic revisions” (Chirico 2008) of ancient Greek tragic myths, as one which marks the fin-de-siecle and post-millennium theatre work of a number of playwrights who identify themselves as Latinos/as (and Chicanos/as), such as Carlos Morton, Cherrie Moraga, Luis Alfaro, and Caridad Svich.
In the course of the study, this Greek-inflected revisionary practice on the part of Latino/a theatre artists is shown to be permeated by and advancing a new, critical mestizaje ethos and consciousness. Yet, specific focus is given throughout to the conceptions and uses of the “tragic mode” of the employed Greek myths by contemporary Latino/a mythoplays as bearing the potential for a radical politics (politics much more reflexive in its ethics and praxis), as well as therapeutic, or healing, potential. We also explore the various ways in which the foregoing potential is channeled by/through each of the “mythopoetic” revisionary theatre works included here (some of which, in fact, qualify as social theatre projects) towards Latino/a communities in/of crisis; that is, communities plagued with traumas and so-called social “diseases” (or nosoi).
Fulfillment of the intentions of the present project requires embracing a variety of theoretical methodologies. Not a single theory or approach is used (although, admittedly, many of the most crucial parts of the analysis rely on insights gained from the fields of theatre and performance studies, ethnic and postcolonial studies, reception studies and tragic theory). Rather, a theoretical net comprising a number of different veins of thought is undergirding examination of the relationship between Greek tragic myth, Latino/a dramatic mythic revision, and the sociocultural contexts of both of them, as well as those (Euro American contexts) mediating between them. With respect to more practical methodological aspects: exploration and achievement of the objectives that this project set from its very beginning required the combined strategies of close reading of play scripts; literature survey; and related data collection and analysis. Among other things, reviews, official and unofficial production-related material, such as pre- and post-production reports, as well as recorded versions of the plays’ workshops and actual productions were surveyed; interviews were conducted, not only with the playwrights, but also with members of some of the communities in/of crisis addressed in the study; while, both in situ and online, archival work greatly benefited and facilitated this endeavor in each stage of its development.
Student: KALOGIROU KONSTANTINA (2018)|
Thesis title: Vocabulary Acquisition via Drama
Translation: Απόκτηση Λεξιλογίου μέσω Δράματος
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savas | Grammatas Theodoros | Matthaioudaki Marina
This thesis has a twofold purpose. Firstly, to frame the position of second language teaching in modern Europe and investigate the gap which exists in the current L2 methodologies. Secondly, to suggest and promote an innovative and promising L2 teaching method, called Vocabulary Acquisition via Drama (VAD) which emphasises the importance of vocabulary, its acquisition and its committal to memory. At the same time, this thesis tackles the importance of performativity as a research tool and finally its impact on L2 acquisition. In more detail, the thesis describes the problematic and ambiguous nature of vocabulary, the research goals, the theory, principles and structure of VAD, the methodology of VAD and the two applications in which VAD was implemented to teach two languages, Welsh and Greek, in two different school contexts. For both applications, there is detailed analysis of the participants, course designs, research tools, data analysis and results, using t-tests and ANOVA for their interpretation, along with a brief discussion for each application. Finally, this thesis’ wider goal is not only to suggest a new alternative L2 teaching method for the busy modern language teacher but also an enjoyable and affordable teaching method for L2 learners.
Student: MARAZI AIKATERINI (2018)|
Thesis title: An Alternate Approach to Adaptation: Superheroes, Branding and Media Franchise Culture
Translation: Μια εναλλακτική προσέγγιση στην τέχνη της προσαρμογής: υπερήρωες, εταιρική ταυτότητα και δικαιοπρακτική κουλτούρα των μέσων
Supervising Committee: Kokkonis Michail | Rapatzikou Tatiani | Thanouli Eleftheria
This dissertation argues that adaptation is a cultural practice involving the conscious negotiation and change of identities taking place along the vertical axis of hierarchies. The vertical axis constitutes the context of adaptation. The conscious negotiation results in a variety of texts and products along the horizontal axis of narrative media. The dynamics of both axes reveal the intentions and purposes of those who adapt texts or products. Furthermore, the two axes demonstrate the power play between those who adapt and those who receive the adapted product or text. It is the power play, however, along the vertical axis that influences and governs the process and product of adaptation. The point of intersection confirms adaptation products as synchronic identities. The dynamic relationship of the vertical and horizontal axes on the other hand confirms the diachronic nature of adaptation as practice. Adaptation is first and foremost a cultural practice of identity negotiation. To support this argument, the current dissertation adopts a cultural studies approach to adaptation as both process and product. As a cultural practice adaptation can produce literary texts but it should not be understood as producing only literary texts. To that end, this dissertation more specifically combines elements from John Bryant’s fluid-text approach so as to argue that all texts, both source material and adaptations, exhibit an identity. The practice of adaptation is concerned with negotiating how that identity will manifest concretely. Contrary to expectations, this project does not provide a textual analysis of its case studies. Rather a contextual examination is conducted by employing the tool of brand identity. The chosen case study this dissertation provides a contextual reading of is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase One franchise. While adaptation theory examines the end-product or text, brand identity is dependent on the product-context relationship and the development of an identity. By adopting brand identity for the examination of adaptations, one is immediately confronted with what the entertainment industry is adapting, namely identities of Intellectual Properties (IPs) that are treated and promoted as brands. Brand identity demonstrates the workings of culture via its structure, aims and intentions. The structure of brand identity provides an alternate way of approaching, analyzing, and comparing adaptations because it takes the context of production/reception into consideration. As a result, it reveals the power play in the dialogue between producers and audiences concerning the adapted identity. In contrast to adaptation studies which so far focus on the literary and textual aspects of adaptations as products, this project focuses on the cultural significance of the context and adaptation as a process. The overarching question this dissertation seeks to answer is what adaptation is and what is its cultural significance? The answer, as this project demonstrates, is not found solely in the adaptation products. It is located in the dynamic relationship of products, process and context. In other words, cultural significance lays in the interrelationships between producers, texts and consumers that negotiate and contribute to the perpetuation of cultural textual-identities.
Student: PAPAIOANOU VASILIKI (2018)|
Thesis title: Teaching English as a Foreign Language through a Data-driven Learning perspective – using an annotated pedagogic corpus of English textbooks in a Greek high school class
Translation: Η διδασκαλία της Αγγλικής ως ξένη γλώσσα μέσω της κατευθυνόμενης από τα δεδομένα μάθησης – χρησιμοποιώντας ένα επισημειωμένο σώμα κειμένων Αγγλικών διδακτικών εγχειριδίων σε ένα Ελληνικό Λύκειο
Supervising Committee: Matthaioudaki Marina | Agathopoulou Eleni | Mikros Georgios
This thesis examines the integration of a Data-driven learning (DDL) methodology in the learning context of a Greek senior high school class. Its aim is to assess the usefulness of such an approach for the learning of English modal verbs. DDL, an inductive teaching approach which exploits data derived from corpora, has gained a fair degree of attention over the last 30 years, but still there is little research involving actual application in Secondary education EFL settings. The present study addresses this gap by investigating the application of a blended DDL approach to the teaching of English modal verbs, specifically tailored to the needs of Senior high school Greek students. It is called blended because it first of all makes use of material from a variety of sources; it involves the use of a) a pedagogical corpus of course book material (ECCo) which we compiled specifically for the purposes of the present research endeavor, b) material from the Web, and c) a general online corpus, the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA). The proposed methodology is called blended for a further reason; it employs both printed concordances handouts and an online hand-on approach. The proposed DDL methodology was applied to the experimental group, whereas the traditional course book based approach was selected for the control group. The learning outcomes of the two approaches were evaluated with the use of pre, post and delayed post-tests. The data obtained were submitted to statistical analyses (SPSS 20.) which aimed to measure learner’ performance. The overall results of this study indicated that (a) suitable DDL material which conform to the curriculum for the teaching of English in schools could be compiled by EFL teachers, (b) a DDL methodology can positively affect the learning of English grammar, (c) the improvement in the immediate and delayed post-tests is statistically significant, and (d) a DDL methodology suits best ‘low level’ students, which is those who had received the lowest grades in the pre-experimental test. The study adds to the EFL literature focusing on corpus-driven learning in Secondary Education.
Student: POURNARA ELISAVET (2018)|
Thesis title: Experimental Poetics and Materialities in the works of Susan Howe, Stephanie Strickland and Caitlin Fisher
Translation: Πειραματική ποιητική και υλική υπόσταση των έργων της Σούζαν Χάου, Στέφανι Στρίκλαντ, και Κέητλιν Φίσερ
Supervising Committee: Rapatzikou Tatiani | Amaranth Borsuk | Manuel Portela
This doctoral dissertation explores the experimental poetics of the North American poets Susan Howe, Stephanie Strickland, and Caitlin Fisher, focusing on the different materialities that their works manifest in the print book, the computer, the iPad, and augmented reality. Specifically, it sheds light on the capabilities as well as the limits of print and digital tools when put into the service of literary and, in particular, poetic production. Focusing on the ways that these poets advance the audiences’ literacies, I explore how concepts such as interactivity, machine reading, programming languages, and immersion enrich the discussion of poetry writing. This doctoral dissertation draws on theories by Johanna Drucker, N. Katherine Hayles, Lev Manovich, and Marie Laure Ryan with regard to materiality, visuality, programming and natural languages, narrative vs. database, immersion and interactivity. The main question this dissertation attempts to answer is how such experimental poetic practices can be read; this is achieved by adopting a flexible approach towards poetic practice, whileunderlining the literariness and poetic elements of the works. The first chapter focuses on the development of innovative American poetry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, whereas the second chapter discusses Howe’s print material poetics in her books The Midnight (2003), That This (2010), Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives (2014), and Debths (2017). The third chapter focuses on the transition form print to digital poetics as seen in Strickland’s print book Dragon Logic (2013), and her intermedia project Vniverse (2002, 2014). The last chapter explores poetry in augmented reality as seen through Fisher’s Circle (2010) and 200 Castles (2012). This dissertation attempts to provide a close reading of experimental pieces of poetry across media in an effort to highlight the impact of inscription technologies on poetry writing and reading.
Student: TSAROUCHA EFTHYMIA (2018)|
Thesis title: A Cognitive Linguistics Approach to English Phrasal Verbs
Translation: Μια γνωστική προσέγγιση στα περιφραστικά ρήματα της Αγγλικής
Supervising Committee: Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki | Niemeier Susanne | Milapidis Michalis
This PhD thesis applies a cognitive linguistics approach to the grammatical category of English phrasal verbs. The central research area concerns the evocation of their literal and figurative meanings. The thesis combines a range of cognitive tools from a variety of theoretical fields in order to construct a cognitive model according to which the meanings of English phrasal verbs can be conceptualized and interpreted. The thesis also includes an experimental part which aims at investigating how foreign learners of English interpret this complex grammatical category.
Student: ARVANITIDI KYNTHIA (2017)|
Thesis title: Moving on the Globe: Issues of Mobility and Migration in a Globalized World as Depicted in Films of the 21st century
Translation: Ταξιδεύοντας τον κόσμο: Θέματα μετακίνησης και μετανάστευσης σε έναν παγκοσμιοποιημένο κόσμο όπως απεικονίζονται σε ταινίες του 21ου αιώνα
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Georgios | Paschalidis Grigoris | Adamou Christina
My thesis entitled “Moving On the Globe: Issues of Mobility and Migration in a Globalized World as Depicted in Films of the 21st Century" explores how globalization has affected issues like mobility, migration, space perception, nationality, ethnicity, identity and communication, as depicted in contemporary films. Specifically, I explore various types of mobility as presented in films produced in various countries and try to link it with various theories, forms and genres. In the first chapter I analyze films that depict mainly migratory journeys from the East to the West like In This World (2002) by Michael Winterbottom, Promised Land (2004) by Amos Gitai and Eden Is West (2009) by Costa-Gavras. The films presented in the second chapter juxtapose migratory and privileged journeys in films like Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000) by Michael Haneke, Babel (2006) by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and The Missing Star (2006) by Gianni Amelio. The films presented in the third chapter deal with characters situated in confined, yet globalized places like an airport terminal in Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal (2004), a theme park in Jia Zhangke’s The World (2004) or the “Globus” bar in the film My Sweet Home (2001) by Philippos Tsitos. I claim that contemporary films produced all over the world address very effectively topics like mobility, migration and globalization, by trying to show that the values of communication and the need for contact will always be at the core of human existence.
Student: BALDIMITSI ELENI (2017)|
Thesis title: Νarrative discourse and theory of mind as measures of autism spectrum disorders
Translation: Αφηγηματικές Ικανότητες και Θεωρία του Νου σαν εργαλεία μέτρησης παιδιών με αυτισμό
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Papadopoulou Despina | Nikolopoulou Angeliki
The present study investigated Theory of Mind (ToM) and storytelling abilities in school aged high functioning children with autism spectrum (HFASD) and typically developing (TD) children. Firstly, we examined how HFASD children performed on first- and second order ToM tasks, as compared to their TD peers. Specifically, we examined if whether they would perform differently regarding cognitive and affective-cognitive ToM/emotion understanding (i.e., recognition & identification of emotions) tasks. Secondly, we examined whether narrative production and narrative comprehension of children with HFASD differed from that of TDs. More particularly, we sought to determine whether narrative production would exhibit differences in narrative language and cohesion (i.e., microstructure), or narrative structure and coherence (i.e., macrostructure). Thirdly, we examined whether there is a relationship between ToM and narrative abilities and, if so, what was the directionality of this relationship. Finally, our fourth goal was to improve our understanding of how formal aspects of language relate to ToM and narrative performance in children with HFASD. Participants were 24 HFASD (22 male, 2 female; mean age 9.6) and 24 age-, language and gender-matched TD children (22 male, 2 female; mean age 9.75). Children with autism had been previously diagnosed by a certified clinician; both groups had mental age of at least 7 years, and a Full Scale IQ score above 70. Children with HFASD and TD completed a test measuring social perception abilities: first and second-order cognitive and affective-cognitive ToM/ emotion understanding. In addition, children’s story-retelling abilities were evaluated response to two different wordless picture books. Stories were rated on microstructural—i.e. measures of cohesion like narrative productivity, lexical diversity and syntactic complexity—and macrostructural—i.e. measures of coherence like, event content/ story’s essential information, internal state terms and narrative comprehension—aspects of language form and content. The present findings show autistic children to be less adequate at understanding thoughts, beliefs and desires of others (cognitive ToM). In line with the ToM deficit hypothesis, children with HFASD were found to be less able to perform successfully in both first-order and second-order cognitive ToM tasks. Also, the performance of children with HFASD was poorer than the performance of their TD controls in first-order affective-cognitive ToM tasks, but both groups performed similarly in the second-order affective-cognitive tasks. Concerning narrative performance, the microstructural analysis showed a similar performance with respect to verbal productivity, lexical diversity, syntactic complexity, and syntactic diversity, but the length of communication units and the overall length of children’s narratives was lower for children with ASD. Also, macrostructural analysis showed lower performance with regard to narrative structure and narrative understanding (i.e., coherence) for participants with HFASD. An analysis of Internal State Terms (ISTs) yielded a rather surprising finding, an equal performance between the two groups. In addition, our results revealed a positive relation between children’s use of Internal State Terms and their performance in the tests evaluating their cognitive ToM abilities. Finally, formal language measures, ToM and narrative performance—especially in the macrostructural level—were found to be closely related only within the ASD group.
Student: DIMOULAS DIMOS (2017)|
Thesis title: Μελέτη για την αναπαράσταση της Κατοχής και του Εμφυλίου στις ελληνικές ταινίες της περιόδου 1946-1989
Translation: From Absence to Trauma: A Study on the Representation of the Occupation and the Civil War in Greek Films of the Period 1946-1989
Supervising Committee: Kokkonis Michalis | Kalogeras Georgios | Thanoulis Eleftheria
The present thesis undertook to examine how the historical events of the Nazi Occupation and the Greek Civil War were represented in an extensive range of films produced between 1946 and 1989. Through a detailed reading, the study attempted a critical analysis of cinematic depictions of the 1940s events in more than eighty films. Particular emphasis was given to the social, cultural and political environment in which movies were created and which affected the postwar filmic production. Occupation films appeared shortly after the end of the Second World War. However, the representation of the Civil War has been completely elided from screen. Through a close examination of the thematic concerns of several popular films of the post-war period, the thesis explored the ways in which the issue of the Civil War actually appeared in disguised forms in the narratives of classical cinema. The historically-themed pictures of the late 1960s and early 1970s was another main focus of this thesis. By examining Occupation and Civil War-themed features released between 1967 and 1974, the thesis identified the structure of the Dictatorship’s vision of the nation and recent history. Regarding cinematic production after 1974, the dissertation highlighted the screen representation of the Occupation and the Civil War by the representatives of the New Greek Cinema. The post-1974 cinema has a clear left-wing orientation, in contrast to the majority of films released during the Dictatorship that had a right-wing and militaristic content. The directors of the New Greek Cinema shifted their focus from the depiction of the warfare and paid attention to marginal aspects of the conflict, such as the fate of the political refugees, or dealt with memories and trauma of the war. Therefore, the thesis was concerned with the relationship between trauma and film, centering upon pictures indicative of trauma narratives.
Student: FALTZI ROXANI (2017)|
Thesis title: Attitudes towards english as a lingua franca in greek tertiary educational contexts
Translation: Οι στάσεις απέναντι στην αγγλική ως κοινή γλώσσα επικοινωνίας σε ελληνικά περιβάλλοντα τριτοβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης
Supervising Committee: Sougari Areti-Maria | Tzoannopoulou Marina | Sifakis Nikolaos
As a result of globalization, English has spread to such an extent that non-native speakers far outnumber native speakers. English is often used as a lingua franca between people from diverse lingua-cultural backgrounds and is undeniably the global language of business communication. The present study stemmed from an interest in the way English is perceived and used by Greek Business School students as well as their identity in relation to English. This thesis tackles these issues from an English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) perspective and aims to give answers to questions that arise from that new sociolinguistic reality. Moreover, this study examines the factors that influence the students’ perceptions and the way they identify with English. The participants were 561 undergraduate students from a number of Greek tertiary institutions but mainly from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Macedonia and the Athens University of Economics and Business. They were 3rd, 4th, or final year students majoring in Business-related fields. The study adopted a mixed methods approach that involved data collection through questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and a social media research tool. The results highlight that students embrace the role of English as the undisputable medium of global business communication and tool for their career advancement and personal development. Moreover, the findings demonstrate that students claim ownership of English, while using it for their own purposes. Also, though the students favour native speaker accents, they allow some space to non-native speaker accents. The study pinpoints the interpersonal element of international communication and shows that intercultural experiences, gained through travelling, or participating in Erasmus programmes and internships abroad, are conducive to the formation of the students’ attitudes and identity in relation to English. The in-depth interviews proved insightful as they let students’ experiences unfold, providing more evidence of the factors that affect students’ attitudes and way of identification with English. The ELF use offered students the opportunity to develop an open-minded and cosmopolitan mentality, become more confident, and aware of the strategies and skills associated with successful international business communication. Based on the research findings, this study offers pedagogical recommendations for incorporating a more holistic approach in the teaching of English for specific purposes (ESP) taking into consideration the role of English in international business communication.
Student: LYSIKATOS DIMITRIOS (2017)|
Thesis title: An assessment of explicit and implicit instruction in the context of the interface debate
Translation: Μία αξιολόγηση της ρητής και υπόρρητης διδασκαλίας στα πλαίσια της συζήτησης διεπαφών
Supervising Committee: Matthaioudaki Marina | Agathopoulou Eleni | Papadopoulou Despina
The present study extends previous research on implicit learning and teaching conditions and compares the relative effects of 2 types of instruction, i.e. Structured Input (labelled SI), and Typographical Input Enhancement (TIE) & Input Flood (labelled IF), targeted to the acquisition of the regular English Past Simple Tense –ed by young Greek L1 3rd-grade Primary State School learners of English. A pilot study and a main study were designed and implemented. Only the findings of the main study are reported in the present thesis. Accordingly, in the main study 41 8-year-old classroom learners of English were assigned to 1 of 2 instructional treatment conditions: SI group, TIE & IF (IF group). A Control (C) group of learners who only participated in the assessment measures was also incorporated in the research design. Pre-tests and post-tests included interpretation and production tasks. These tasks were very similar to those used in research within the Input Processing (IP) and Processing Instruction (PI) paradigm commonly addressed to adult L2 learners. Consequently, a major objective of the present study was to document whether young L2 learners could successfully respond to the SI and IF & TIE instructional treatment conditions and the aforementioned assessment measures, i.e. whether such research designs can assist young learners acquire a grammatical structure beyond their current proficiency level. The data obtained were submitted to detailed statistical analyses (SPSS). These statistical analyses not only aimed at measuring learners’ performance per se, but also at validating the design and suitability of the assessment measures as to their efficacy in assessing these learners’ performance. An unexpected finding of the present study concerned the results obtained by the learners in the C group who exhibited enhanced learning performance as to both the interpretation and the production of the target structure. The overall results indicated that (a) the aforementioned treatment conditions can be successfully applied to teaching young Greek EFL learners, (b) young Greek EFL learners can learn grammatical forms beyond their proficiency level if such treatment conditions are adapted to their age and current proficiency level, (c) interpretation and production are 2 distinct processes at this age, and (d) such learners profit the most from unobtrusive and highly implicit learning techniques. The study adds to the EFL literature focusing on learning at a young age.
Student: SPATHIPOULOU FILOMACHI (2017)|
Thesis title: 'There was a numerous family': Jane Austen's re-appropriation of the population debate
Translation: Ήταν μια πολυπληθής οικογένεια: ο δημόσιος διάλογος για το πληθυσμιακό πρόβλημα τον 18ο αιώνα μέσα από τα έργα της Jane Austen
Supervising Committee: Kitsi-Mytakou Katerina | Despotopoulou Anna | Schoina Maria
This thesis examines Austen’s works in the light of the population debate and the socioeconomic theories that were dominant at the time. The operation of charity and benevolence, the Darwinian competition for husbands, and the extension of landed estates provide a triangular framework within which Austen’s major novels – and in certain cases her lesser works – are read as re-appropriating or criticizing the prevailing socioeconomic and philosophical theories.The preachings of Malthus, Smith, Godwin, and others are integrated into this work where it is suggested that the way Austen re-writes their concerns is to a great extent gender –based. The perfectibility of mankind looked forward to by Enlightenment philosophers is seen transformed by Austen into the issue of the cultivation and improvement of marriageable females and the attempt of the genteel society to affect the lives of others through moral improvement.Austen’s faith in the role of the gentry is also presented as providing the answer to the socio-economic issues that troubled her contemporaries. In that light, Malthus’ charitable practices are sidestepped by Austen’s implacably conservative treatment of charity not as a social or economic adjunct, but as a further reflection of a properly conducted elite stewardship. This thesis therefore hopes to show that whereas Malthus, Smith and Godwin all turned their attention firmly to the future, Austen harks back to an idealized pastoral image of England in which paternalistic and benevolent landowners maintain moral and aesthetic order.Although there are instances in Austen’s works which could lead one to detect sparks of radicalism, Austen remains conservatively inclined and decidedly backward-looking. She clings to the traditions seen as antithetical to the new ideas of progress, and she creates a historically specific strategy that embodies within itself a polemical resistance to all forms of Utopianism.
Student: ZAPOUNIDIS THOMAS (2017)|
Thesis title: Young learners' L2 input and output in the 3rd Experimental Primary School of Evosmos: The Young Learner Corpus of English (yoLeCorE)
Translation: Το γλωσσικό εισαγόμενο και εξαγόμενο νεαρών μαθητών δεύτερης ξένης γλώσσας στο 3ο Πειραματικό Δημοτικό Σχολείο Ευόσμου: Το Σώμα Κειμένου Νεαρών Μαθητών Αγγλικής (YoLeCorE)
Supervising Committee: Matthaioudaki Marina | Alexiou Thomai | Mitsikopoulou Vasiliki
The aim of the present thesis was the study of young learners' L2 input and output. To this end, 17 young (nine year old) learners of English as a foreign language in a Greek primary school were video recorded with multiple video cameras for a whole school year. The transcription of the video recorded material totalled 4,825 single spaced pages which were examined anew in order to separate the input (listening, reading) from the output (speaking, writing) for each one of the seventeen learners. This process yielded 4 distinct subcorpora: (a) the listening subcorpus (referring to everything that was listened to through the teacher, media or other learners), (b) the reading subcorpus (referring to everything that was read in and outside the class through texts, worksheets, whiteboard projection, readers), (c) the speaking subcorpus (referring to everything that was uttered by the learners), and (d) the writing subcorpus (referring to everything the learners wrote on the whiteboard, worksheets, tests, notebooks). All of these subcorpora constitute what was termed YoLeCorE (Young Learner Corpus of English) and was used in this thesis to: (a) measure quantitatively (types and tokens) and qualitatively (lexical density, sophistication and variation) the young learners' English input and output at this school, (b) compare the input with the output and determine the degree of dependency of the learners' output on the teacher or other input, and (c) assign the learners' output to a CEFR level.
Student: ANDREOU MARIA (2016)|
Thesis title: The effects of bilingualism on verbal and non verbal cognition: The micro- and macro-structure of narratives in the weak and the dominant language of the bilingual child
Translation: Οι επιδράσεις της διγλωσσίας σε λεκτική και μη λεκτική γνωστική ικανότητα
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Agathopoulou Eleni | Masoura Elvira
The topic of the present dissertation is to investigate how bilingualism affects language, cognitive and narrative abilities in bilingual children. 209 Greek-English, Greek-German and Greek-Albanian bilingual children aged from 8 to 12 years old divided into two age groups (8-10 and 10-12 years old) took part in the study along with 100 monolingual Greek children. The children completed baseline and experimental tasks measuring their vocabulary, grammar, cognitive skills and narrative production abilities. Their ability to produce narrations while writing and speaking was measured using off-line methodology. A wealth of studies has investigated how the experience of being bilingual shapes our language and cognitive abilities and the way we produce narratives. In terms of their language abilities, bilingual children seem to have smaller vocabularies compared to their monolingual peers. However, the results of our research indicate that vocabulary acquisition by bilinguals in some groups is comparable to that of their monolingual peers, with the amount of input being the determining factor of vocabulary size. The grammatical abilities of bilingual children may differ from those of monolinguals depending on the grammatical structure tested (Marinis and Chondrogianni 2010), but the present research indicates that some groups of bilinguals are comparable to their monolingual peer, with Age of Onset of exposure to Greek and the level of their Greek vocabulary playing an important role. In terms of their cognitive abilities, there is conflicting evidence about whether or not bilingualism leads to advantages in Executive Functions, i.e. the cognitive processes responsible for goal-oriented behaviour, the capacity to think ahead, suppress impulses, and temporarily hold information. Many studies have shown that the systematic use of two languages leads to a bilingual advantage in cognitive control (Adesope, Lavin,Thompson and Ungerleider 2010), but not all studies have found this bilingual advantage (see, for instance, Namazi and Thordardottir 2010). Our research adds a new variable in this domain, since we provide evidence that better performance in cognitive skills is connected to the educational context which the bilingual child attends. Specifically, balanced exposure to the two languages within the framework of bilingual education and bi-literacy ensures better performance. In terms of the quality of bilingual children’s narrative production, a growing body of research has shown that narrative development is a lengthy process which continues well into school years and is closely related to discourse pragmatic development (Berman 2004). Narrative assessment is a highly contextualized task that can predict children’s literacy development (Bishop and Edmundson 1987). Within narrative abilities, a distinction is made between skills at the level of macrostructure, on the one hand, and microstructure on the other. Macrostructure refers to the global coherence of a story (e.g. Story Grammar and character reference), while microstructure is concerned with measures such as narrative length, local coherence and syntactic complexity (Gagarina, Klop, Bohnacker, Kunnari, Tantele, Valimaa, Balciuniene and Walters 2012). With respect to the macrostructure measures, one of the objectives of the dissertation was to establish how character reference (measured by form-function distributions and referential ambiguity) and Story Grammar in the bilinguals’ narratives is affected by bilingualism (bilinguals vs. monolinguals), area of residence (bilinguals abroad vs. bilinguals in Greece) and language pair (Greek-German vs. Greek-English vs. Greek-Albanian), and how dominance (measured by the difference between the two vocabulary scores and by demographic factors), balanced educational system and cognitive abilities interact with the macrostructure measures. The results indicate that there is a bilingual advantage in macrostructure measures, which is closely linked to the balanced bilingual educational settings that children may attend as well as their cognitive abilities .As for the performance in microstructure measures, some disadvantages of bilinguals have been noted in certain cases. We found that morphosyntax (i.e. vocabulary in Greek and Sentence Repetition Task in Greek) and external factors such as early literacy-preparedness can explain most variability found in the bilingual data. The internal factors (i.e. cognitive skills) do not seem to contribute in this domain, with the sole exception of adverbial clauses in the oral narrative retellings produced by the younger age group where the bilingual advantage detected correlates with bilinguals’ cognitive skills.This thesis provides new data on the role of bilingualism in the development of language, cognition, and narrative production of bilingual children. The outcome of this work reveals for the first time that learning to read and write in two languages is beneficial for the development of language, cognition, and narrative production, a fact that may have implications for the education of bilingual children as a whole.
Student: CHRYSOPOULOU MAKRINA (2016)|
Thesis title: Native American Autobiography: The Communitist Perspective in William Apess, Charles Eastman, Sarrah Winnmucca and Zitkala-Sa
Translation: Ινδιάνικα αυτοβιογραφικά αναγνώσματα: η διάσταση του κοινοτικού ακτιβισμού στα έργα των Γουίλιαμ Απές, Τσάρλς Ήστμαν, Σάρα Γουινεμούκα και Ζίτκαλα-Σα
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Georgios | Paschalidis Grigoris | Detsi Zoi
Indian autobiography has been characterized as a contradiction in terms since the traditional ways of Indian artistic expression are incompatible with the requirements of the genre of autobiography. For this reason, the first Native Americans who appropriated the genre in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries stepped out of their traditions and elicited negative criticism. They were accused of selling out to white ways and, accordingly, their works have been reviewed as assimilationist pieces of writing. Contrary to negative critical assessments, I argue that Native American authors did not mean to relinquish their values by assuming the autobiographical task. In fact, through the Western genre they found the opportunity to link the personal to the communal and promote racial causes. Borrowing Jace Weaver’s coinage, I hold that their works exhibit “communitism” (active concern for the community). Native American autobiographical texts that appear assimilationist on the surface yield quite different meanings if studied from this perspective. I will illustrate my point by discussing the ambivalent works of four early Indian autobiographers: William Apess (a Christian convert), Charles Eastman (an Indian doctor), Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (a chief’s daughter who served as an interpreter) and Zitkala-Sa (an Indian teacher and activist). My analysis will be methodologically organized by Mikhail Bakhtin’s notion of the “chronotope,” as particularly elaborated and implemented by Betty Bergland in the study of autobiographical material.
Student: DAKARI VIRGINIA (2016)|
Thesis title: Performing cancer: toward an aesthetic of the unpresentable
Translation: Περφόρμανς και καρκίνος: προς μια αισθητική θεώρηση του μη-παραστάσιμου
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savvas | Detsi Zoe | Pastourmatzi Domna
This study seeks to construct a philosophical/theoretical/analytical framework that will accommodate the distinctive aesthetics of illness-related performance: namely, the unpresentability of cancer and the sublime feeling it generates in spectators. Contemporary postdramatic, intermedial performance offers the ideal ground for such explorations. The cultural/geographical milieu of the cases studied is predominantly American/European and the historical period ranges roughly from the seventies to the present day. Consistently challenging American critic Susan Sontag’s postulation that cancer “cannot be aestheticized,” articulated in the seventies and under the shadow of her own illness, ill artists under discussion try to mine an aesthetic idiom of the unpresentable through bringing (their) cancer in performance. Their goals are: a) to overcome the inexpressibility of the experience of cancer and its mythological layering in western culture, b) to subvert the systematic disqualification of the legitimacy of existing terminal illness in the production of high art, as it has been noted in discussions among critics, c) to reshape society’s perceptions around cancer, and ultimately, d) to promote healing bonds with other human beings by means of the elevating effects of performance.
Student: KARAGIANNI IOANNA (2016)|
Thesis title: The use of learners’ L1 in teacher oral feedback: its effect on L2 development
Translation: Η χρήση της μητρικής/πρώτης γλώσσας του μαθητή στις προφορικές διορθωτικές παρατηρήσεις του καθηγητή: η επίδρασή της στην ανάπτυξη της δεύτερης/ξένης γλώσσας
Supervising Committee: Matthaioudaki Marina | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Agathopoulou Eleni
The aim of the study was to address the question of whether, in the course of foreign language learning, the oral correction of learners’ errors in their first language is more effective than that delivered in the foreign as to their grammatical development in a specific target form. The review of the relevant literature laid the foundations for the evaluation of teachers’ first language use and the assessment of feedback effectiveness, highlighting the need for experimental testing of their multifaceted effects. For this purpose, three treatment conditions, with oral corrective feedback in Greek, in English and without any correction, were organised, targeting two preselected English grammatical structures and with primary school pupils as participants. The effects of these were measured by means of written and oral pre- and post-testing of learners’ performance in these structures. The statistical analyses of the test scores obtained showed that learners who were corrected, either in Greek or in English, did better than those who were not corrected and those who received feedback in Greek maintained their gains more in the long run. Also, it was found that this variation was mainly due to the students of lower proficiency, as those of higher proficiency did almost the same, having gained equal benefits and showing a more consistent performance. Finally, the issue of the learners’ readiness for this stage of second language acquisition emerged, as it was crucial to the outcomes of instruction.
Student: LAMPROPOULOU MARTHA (2016)|
Thesis title: The cognitive process of metonymy and its functions in the acquisition of areas of grammar: the word-formation process of suffixation
Translation: Η γνωσιακή διαδικασία της μετωνυμίας και οι λειτουργίες της στην κατάκτηση περιοχών της γραμματικής: η παραγωγική διαδικασία της επιθηματοποίησης
Supervising Committee: Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki | Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Veloudis Ioannis
The study focuses on conceptual metonymy and its impact on word productivity. It is assumed that conceptual processes such as metonymy and metaphor can play a role in the understanding of grammatical phenomena and in particular in derivation. In order to attest the relationship between figurative processes and derivation, non-words were formed and presented to a group of non-native group of speakers (Czechs, Germans and Greeks). The non-words, which would eventually be possible words in English, were accompanied by potential interpretations, and the participants were asked to choose which one would be the optimal. All items end with the suffixes –ize (i.e. gossipize), -ify (i.e. bossify), -dom (i.e. cookdom), -ship (i.e. academyship) and –hood (i.e. dragonhood). The proposed interpretations range from literal to figurative ones. The aim of the study is to decipher whether there is a tendency towards selecting specific meanings on the basis of the morphological suffixes. The cognitive approaches to the figurative processes taken into consideration are those of Lakoff and Johnson (1980), Langacker (2009), Panther and Thornburg (2002, 2009), Radden and Kovecses (1999), Ruiz de Mendoza (2000, 2011), Trips (2009), Plag (1999) among others. Overall, the study identifies the cognitive processes that took place when the particular derivatives/ non-words were processed and indicates factors that contributed towards a dominant preference in terms of the proposed meanings together with the implications in figuration in general.
Student: MAYROUDI ANASTASIA (2016)|
Thesis title: Differential instruction for the teaching of English in the Greek State School
Translation: Η διαφοροποιημένη εκπαίδευση στη διδασκαλία της αγγλικής γλώσσας στο ελληνικό δημόσιο σχολείο
Supervising Committee: Sougari Areti | Matthaioudaki Marina | Karava Evdokia
The aim of the present thesis was to explore the attitudes of English language teachers working in Greek state schools towards differentiated instruction. Moreover, it was attempted to discern the extent to which and the ways in which differentiated instruction has influenced the teaching practices of teachers in Greek state schools. The collection of data for the present thesis was accomplished through the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. Initially, a questionnaire was distributed in order to elicit teachers’ views on differentiated instruction. The questionnaire was completed by teachers of English in Greek state primary schools in the area of Central Macedonia. Subsequently, classroom observations of English teachers working in state primary schools in the city of Thessaloniki were carried out. These teachers were then interviewed with regard to their opinions on differentiated instruction and its classroom implementation. The findings showed that primary English teachers have incorporated certain differentiated techniques into their teaching repertoires (e.g. pair/group work, etc.). On the other hand, other strategies, particularly those that are more demanding in terms of time or teacher preparation constitute less popular choices (e.g. producing differentiated materials for student evaluation purposes, learning contracts, etc.). Furthermore, the findings indicate that a number of teachers foster vague or inaccurate perceptions of the principles of differentiated instruction (e.g. with regard to teacher roles in the differentiated classroom).
Student: MICHAIL EVANGELIA (2016)|
Thesis title: Raising Pragmatic Awareness in the Greek EFL Context: Noticing and Reflecting on the Consequentiality of Differences
Translation: Η απόκτηση της πραγματολογικής ενημερότητας στα πλαίσια της διδασκαλίας της Αγγλικής ως ξένης γλώσσας: παρατήρηση και αναστοχασμός σχετικά με τις συνέπειες των διαφορών
Supervising Committee: Koutoupi-Kiti Eliza | Matthaioudaki Marina | Kontos Nikolaos
This classroom-based case study explores the first pedagogical intervention in the teaching of pragmatics in the Greek EFL classroom. The motivation for the study is to be sought in the new demands brought to teachers, students and schools by the recent curriculum innovation, revised textbooks across the school system, and current calls voiced by the research community. The study adopted the methodology of Exploratory Practice, engaging 16 students (10 girls & 6 boys) of the first grade of Upper Secondary School (Lykeio), aged 15, in classroom research with a view to “moving in relationships from power over students, to power with students” (Groundwater-Smith, 2007, p. 126, emphasis in the original). Using explicit awareness-oriented metapragmatic instruction, the study aimed at raising students’ awareness of the Greek and the English cultural ethos, as well as their pragmatic and intercultural awareness, enhancing their pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic skills. The intervention was as an attempt to seek positive washback among assessment, instruction and learning as well as the alignment of both of these with instructional practices. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of formative, summative, and self-assessment and triangulated results demonstrated that such an alignment was highly effective in raising students’ pragmatic and intercultural awareness of comprehending and producing appropriate apologies in Native Speaker English.
Student: MINASYAN STELLA (2016)|
Thesis title: Gender differences in language use and behavior in EFL Classroom interaction: Primary Schools in Greece
Translation: Οι διαφορές των φύλων στη χρήση της γλώσσας και στη συμπεριφορά στη διάδραση στο πλαίσιο της διδασκαλίας της Αγγλικής ως Ξένης Γλώσσας: δημοτικά σχολεία στην Ελλάδα
Supervising Committee: Matthaioudaki Marina | Tsokalidou Petroula | Antonopoulou Niovi
The present research endeavors to shed light on the role that gender plays in the language classroom in the Greek context. Due to the fact that to date no systematic investigation has considered special aspects of gender and interaction in primary school classrooms, this study seeks to investigate how teachers and students position themselves within different discourses in the EFL classroom interaction. The issues discussed include turn-taking and interruptions, praise and reprimand, class dominance, teacher attention and class participation in classroom interaction. Drawing on language and gender research, it was hypothesized that gender of the learner affects the learner’s language use and behavior during EFL interaction. In order to complete the research objectives, a study was undertaken in order to investigate and to reveal whether there are any correlations between gender and linguistic behavior of fifth grade learners by adopting both a qualitative and a quantitative approach. The methodology employed in this investigation is that of questionnaires distributed to seventy teachers designed to capture data in relation to the extent, pattern, nature of gender differences in language use and behavior, as well as observations conducted in four different classes of eighty two students. This study advances our understanding of gendered classroom interaction and highlights important ways in which students’ gender influences teacher-student, as well as student-student interaction. Moreover, this study sheds light on gender bias which occurs in the classroom and thus impedes teachers’ abilities to work successfully with all students. The Greek data revealed great similarity with findings of previous studies by supporting the assumption that (a) teachers are biased in favor of boys especially in respect of giving them more attention, (b) male students demand more teacher attention and more instructions from the teacher than their female peers, (c) female students are more likely to receive praise and positive comments, whereas male students are reprimanded by the teacher, (d) male students are more active in class participation, by taking more turns, volunteering and calling out. The concluding chapter submits recommendations and conclusions, encapsulating the main findings that have been obtained from the research, and demonstrates how it can be extended to future research in relation to gender bias.
Student: STERGIOPOULOU EVDOKIA (2016)|
Thesis title: The effects of teaching experience and of in-service training on the beliefs Greek EFL teachers hold about foreign language teaching
Translation: Η επίδραση της διδακτικής εμπειρίας και της επιμόρφωσης στις απόψεις Ελλήνων καθηγητών αγγλικής σχετικά με τη διδασκαλία της ξένης γλώσσας.
Supervising Committee: Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Sougari Areti-Maria | Matthaioudaki Marina
The present exploratory and interpretive study adopted a mixed-methods design to explore the beliefs of experienced Greek English foreign language teachers working in Lower and Upper Secondary Schools mainly in Central Macedonia. The aim was to identify whether teachers' beliefs change over time and to what extent these changes are due to their teaching experiences or due to their participation in in-service training. Furthermore, the needs experienced teachers have from in-service training were also investigated. The analysis of the qualitative and the quantitative data revealed that experienced teachers regard their teaching experience as the most influential factor in shaping their beliefs and in inducing change. Both in the interviews and in their answers to the open questions they expressed their interest in attending in-service training and stated that they have made changes in their teaching as a result of in-service training. Nevertheless, the analysis of the quantitative findings did not identify major differences in beliefs as a result of either teaching experience or in-service training. Finally, the qualitative results revealed the needs experienced teachers have from in-service training along with their suggestions for the content such seminars should have. The study revealed that both teaching experience and in-service training affect teachers' beliefs, but experience is regarded by the teachers as the most influential factor. Last but not least, the teachers were critical towards in-service training and suggested areas for improvement.
Student: TSIRAKOGLOU ELEFTHERIA (2016)|
Thesis title: Edgar Allan Poe’s Presence in Greek Letters (1978-1893)
Translation: Η παρουσία του Έντγκαρ Άλλαν Πόου στην ελληνική λογοτεχνία (1878-1900)
Supervising Committee: Yemenetzi-Malathouni Smatie | Kalogeras Giorgos | Rapatzikou Tatiani
This doctoral dissertation explores Edgar Allan Poe’s presence in Greek literature at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth century by placing his works in conversation with specific works by Emmanuel Rhoides (1836-1904), Georgios Vizyenos (1849-1896) and Nikolaos Episkopopoulos (1874-1944). In particular, this study attempts to elucidate the ways in which the specific Greek writers engage in a dialogue with Poe’s works that allows for diverse ways of writing to be introduced to the Greek literary production of the time. The dissertation focuses on Poe’s theories of composition, themes and innovative narrative techniques as well as on certain key notions as, for instance, the fragile boundaries between life and death, the problematic nature of reading the city and its inhabitants, the detective’s ingenious means of solving mysteries, and, finally, the representation of mysterious female characters as well as hypersensitive male ones. Focusing on these diverse aspects of Poe’s artistry, the specific Greek writers, with strong cross-cultural interests, create short stories that pollinate the literary conventions of the time with innovative themes and motifs. Moreover, this doctoral research examines Rhoides’ translations of Poe’s tales in an attempt to highlight the ways in which Poe’s work reaches the Greek-speaking readership of the time. This dissertation ultimately aspires to join and expand the discussion about Poe’s global influence, which is currently growing.
Student: DIMITRIADIS GEORGIOS (2015)|
Thesis title: The negotiation of reality: a cognitive approach to the perception digital Hollywood cinema
Translation: Διαχείριση της πραγματικότητας: μια γνωσιακή προσέγγιση του ψηφιακού κινηματογράφου του Hollywood
Supervising Committee: Kokkonis Michalis | Kalogeras Giorgos | Paschalidis Grigoris
The present study endeavors to provide a new direction for Cinema Theory, based on recent findings in the field of cognitive theory and visual perception, with a special focus on digital moviemaking. The study associates Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) with various technologies that have been used over the years in both cinema and in its kin arts, i.e. photography and painting, while at the same time it reviews major theories of cinema such as formalism and realism on the various uses that they made of such technologies. By establishing a common genealogy for the entire art of cinema, the study justifies the need for a more encompassing, stable and objective theory applicable to all cinematic texts. The research was based on applications of cognitive theory to cinema, mainly the work of Julian Hochberg and Virginia Brooks, in search for a framework that is relieved from the influence of any ideological or philosophical trend that might limit its universal applicability and objectivity. Hochberg’s cognitive theory of schematic mapping was deemed to be the most appropriate one to address universalities of human perception that are based on the actual physiology of the human visual system, as regards both its function and its limitations; based on this feature, this theoretical framework is capable of explaining all encounters with any cinematic text, from realism to extreme worldmaking. The corpus of cinematic texts in the study comprises CGI fantasy blockbuster Hollywood movies, as they manifest two distinct features: on one hand, they abide to the rules of classical continuity which emanates a sense of realism, while posing the challenge of this realism being entirely contradicted by the synthetic cinematic universes in which these movies are set. Hochberg’s model of schematic mapping adequately explains that synthetic worldmaking is able to function realistically exactly because it is based on the schematic maps that both moviemakers, CGI designers, and spectators alike share, due to their physiologically common visual experience of the real world. The study distinguishes between the cinematic story and the cinematic world as the two constituent factors of any cinematic universe, and applies Hochberg’s framework as well as other theories of perception in key aspects of the cinematic experience, i.e. composition & montage, motion, and narrative. The main findings were that schematic mapping is more than a promising field on which to establish a cinema theory for the future, for two main reasons: first, all assumptions are verified in terms of the framework being applicable to any kind of narrative cinematic text; and second, the model is not incompatible to other theories of cinema, older or contemporary, as it operates on a physiological level of human vision, thus providing a scientific objectivity that literature on this art is in need of.
Student: EKER ARZU (2015)|
Thesis title: Literary Journalism and Translation as Dynamics in the Recontextualization of Traveling Fiction: Orhan Pamuk's Pre-Nobel Novels in English and Their Reception in Reviews
Translation: Λογοτεχνική δημοσιογραφία και μετάφραση ως δυναμική στην επανασυγκειμενοποίηση της παγκόσμιας λογοτεχνίας: τα προ-νόμπελ μυθιστορήματα του Ορχάν Παμούκ στα αγγλικά και η αποδοχή τους στις κριτικές
Supervising Committee: Connolly David | Kalogeras Giorgos | Apostolou Fotini
This thesis explores the ways in which Orhan Pamuk and his pre-Nobel novels in English translation were recontextualized, i.e. received and (re)presented, in translation and journalistic discourse in the UK and USA, two major centers of the Anglophone literary world. The English translations of Pamuk’s books and their reception as presented in the reviews or other journalistic articles are inarguably two crucial factors in establishing Orhan Pamuk as a writer of world literature. Therefore, the analyses in the present study focus on the translations themselves on one level and on another, the journalistic texts, such as reviews, interviews with and news articles about Pamuk, all of which form the discourse surrounding Pamuk’s novels, shaping and representing their reception in the target cultures.The corpus of the present study comprises Pamuk’s pre-Nobel novels, namely TheWhite Castle (1990), The Black Book (1994 and 2006), The New Life (1997), My Name is Red (2001) and Snow (2004). Among these, The Black Book in its two translations, and Snow, Pamuk’s last novel published in English translation before he won the Nobel Prize in 2006, are subjected to comparative textual analysis as two case studies. The analyses of the journalistic texts reveal that the (re)presentation, hence the reception, of Pamuk’s novels are heavily marked by “metonymics” (Tymoczko 1999), the representative potential of literary translations to stand for the socio-cultural, political and historical realities of their source culture. In this respect, Pamuk’s novels are linked, in the overwhelming majority of these texts, to a broader discourse on Turkey’s identity and status in world politics and in what is conceptualized as “the Muslim world”, mainly described in terms of the idea of “clash of civilizations”. As such, the novels were received and presented as providing insights into the history, politics and cultural identity of the country. Orhan Pamuk’s own influence on this reception was also demonstrated by the analysis of his interviews and articles. Taking translation and the formation of the journalistic discourse (manifested mainly in reviews) as two significant dynamics in the process of recontextualization that traveling literature undergoes, the study also sets out to show how translational and discursive analysis can be linked methodologically. For this reason, a chapter is devoted to the exploration and problematization of the extent and nature of translation’s presence (or non-presence) as a topic in the reviews. More importantly, however, the analysis in the case study on the retranslation of The Black Book is almost completely based on the comments on the first translation by Guneli Gun and the retranslation by Maureen Freely in the reviews as well as other critical work on the translations. This case study also provides insights into the “literary positioning” (Goknar 2013) Pamuk wanted to achieve as an author in the Anglophone world, since the retranslation of The Black Book was his initiative, involving him actively in Freely’s retranslating process. As a major finding of this case study, the two translations of The Black Book establish different metonymies with the Turkish source text, which is a consequence of various factors such as retranslation dynamics, Pamuk’s changed status as a world writer in a span of 12 years, and the status envisaged for The Black Book in the Anglophone world as a novel establishing different intertextualities. In the second case study, the translational analysis of Snow and the insights provided by the translator Maureen Freely bring out the parallelisms between the novel’s reception in the reviews and its English translation published in two editions, one by Knopf, and the other by Faber and Faber, a comparative analysis of which demonstrates differences between them. These differences bend the novel towards seriousness and the assumed expectations of the target readership, most of the time against the will of the translator, through revisions by editors. Findings of this case study also shed light on a process whereby the English translations of peripheral literatures are subjected to assimilative and reductive dynamics. All in all, focusing on a significant period in Orhan Pamuk’s career, i.e. from the publication of his first novel in English translation in 1990 until his Nobel Prize in 2006, the study reveals in its entirety the dynamics and the roles played by actors of world literary space in the making of Orhan Pamuk an established member of this space.
Student: FELEKI DESPINA (2015)|
Thesis title: Stephen King and the construction of authorship as a mass-mediated practice
Translation: Η επίδραση των νέων τεχνολογιών στην κατασκευή της συγγραφικής ταυτότητας του Stephen King
Supervising Committee: Rapatzikou Tatiani | Kokkonis Michalis | Pastourmatzi Domna
This Ph.D. thesis investigates the connections between textuality, literary writing, and new technologies within present cultural production that converges with digital media. Specifically, it sheds light on Stephen King’s twenty-first century popular literary production, which flourishes both in print and in electronic environments. For this reason, the literary and technological convergences that have emerged from the digital revolution after 1945 constitute the backbone of this doctoral project. King being an eminent horror writer for more than four decades, I highlight his literary departures and media shifts that have contributed to the re-invention of his writing craft and have led to a revision of traditional Gothic fiction. For these reasons, this research project examines the diverse effects of King’s media turn on writing and reading practices as well as on authorial roles and intentions. Focusing both on the potentials and the constraints of electronic media and their interconnection with the content and form of King’s fictional works, this thesis explores the different types of relationships that bind King’s authorial team and active audiences in the formation of amplified literary experiences within the context of present participatory culture and under the pressures of an insatiable entertainment industry. Then, attention is drawn to the latest marketing practices of the book and entertainment industries (always with regard to King’s production) in favor of new transmedia franchises and the creation of a new consumer consciousness that determines the writing and reading of a literary text. I focus on a selection of King’s printed novels and novellas of the twenty-first century, such as Lisey’s Story (2006), Duma Key (2008), and Ur (2009). Then, I examine Discordia (2009), King’s online interactive computer experience as well as other electronic projects King creates for his readers on his official website (StephenKing.com). An attempt is made to explain the dynamic relations that arise and the new possibilities that open up with King’s authorial practices and his oscillation among different expressive modes and writing textualities. As regards the theoretical background of the present thesis, theories on Narratology, New Media and Videogame Studies, Cinematography, Popular Culture, and Marketing are synthesized for the formation of an enhanced and interdisciplinary context. My intention is to contribute to a constructive dialogue, concerning popular fiction as well as the roles authors and readers have to adopt in an electronically-mediated world.
Student: GKERTZOU SOFIA (2015)|
Thesis title: Uncommon Belonging: Redefining Identity, Rethinking Community in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction
Translation: Ασυνήθης συμβίωση: επαναπροσδιορισμός της ταυτότητας και της κοινότητας στη σύγχρονη λογοτεχνία της Καραϊβικής
Supervising Committee: Theodosiadou Youli | Yiannopoulou Effie | Kalogeras Giorgos
I examine the question of identity and community formation in the Caribbean context arguing that contemporary Caribbean literature facilitates the rethinking of “new” types of collective identification through the introduction of different texts, voices and narratives that achieve an “opening” up of identity and community to all possibilities, beyond the sole inscription of being black or being colonized for the Caribbean subject.I use community theory as developed by Jean-Luc Nancy, Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito, coupled with the work of Caribbean theorists, namely Edouard Glissant, Sylvia Wynter and Joan Anim Addo, in order to retheorize “community” as a an exposition of the boundaries and limitations of collective representation.
Student: KOTRONI-SANIDA MARIA (2015)|
Thesis title: The Acquisition of Aspect and Motion Verbs in the Native Language
Translation: Η κατάκτηση της ρηματικής όψης και των ρημάτων κίνησης στη μητρική γλώσσα
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Stavrou-Stavrou Μελίτα | Agathopoulou Eleni
The aim of this thesis is to investigate the role of the Syntax-Semantics and Syntax-Discourse Interface in the acquisition of ambiguous manner-of-motion verbs, by typically developing children acquiring Greek as a native language, as well as the implications of such an interface in a delayed or defective child language acquisition. The expression of motion is interpreted with respect to the linguistic phenomenon of aspect. A series of off-line experiments were run across both the comprehension and the production modality. 142 adults were administered an acceptability judgment pre-task, which tapped into the role of aspect and preposition in the interpretation of the sentence and contributed to the identification of the acceptability of motion verbs, on the basis of their inherent aspectual meaning, and to the determination of the critical items employed in the main study. In addition, 196 children (and 76 controls) participated in the comprehension sentence-video matching tasks, which investigated the degree to which native speakers of Greek use the perfective-imperfective distinction to differentiate between locative and directional atelic readings (Syntax-Semantics interface) and telic-endpoint reached vs. atelic-locative interpretations (Syntax-Discourse interface). The findings indicate that at the age of 5;7, grammatical aspect is not acquired, which is in place at 9;6, when still the integration of the aspectual character of the lexeme with grammatical aspect is not yet fully target like. However, the interface involved which seems to inhibit comprehension is predicted to intervene in the early acquisition of production. Thus, 102 children (and 48 controls) participated in the speech elicitation task. This study examined the effect of aspect on the expression of telicity. The use or not of a prepositional phrase, the preposition type and the verb type are also taken into consideration. The production data pointed out that the production of motion expressions to describe locative events is distinct from that observed for non-locative events. The cutoff point for adult like production of motion seems to be late compared to performance, i.e. after the age of 5;7, but still before the age of 9;3. The expression of motion is delayed in the case it is not pragmatically transparent. When the additional conceptual features of terminativity and telicity are at place, path is expressed in the adult range. However, in the case that such lexical cues are not at place, an interaction of the aspectual features of the verb with other arguments in the motion predicate is required. The results, overall, indicated that the aspectual value of the motion verb is compositional in nature. Children are aware of this nature from an early age, but they fail to integrate aspect in discourse, which protracts adult like acquisition of motion at around the age of 10.
Student: PAPAKONSTANTINOU MARIA (2015)|
Thesis title: Οι χρονικοί σύνδεσμοι στην παιδική γλώσσα
Translation: Temporal connectives in child language
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Matthaioudaki Marina | Papadopoulou Despina
The present thesis investigates the L1 acquisition of the Greek connectives afu (=after/since), enό (=while/even though) and kaθos (=while/since), which are ambiguous between a temporal and a non-temporal interpretation, and contrasts them with the unambiguous temporal prίn (=before) and όtan (=when). Following a syntax-semantics and syntax-discourse interface account arguing for a dependency formed between the connective’s bounded feature and verbal aspect which licences the temporal interpretation of the ambiguous connectives, we aim to investigate the order of development of the temporal and the non-temporal interpretation of the ambiguous connectives. In particular, we examine whether temporal interpretation is acquired first, as it is universally predicted. Also we investigate the order of acquisition of some temporal relations (i.e. sequence and simultaneity) and some non-temporal ones (i.e. premise and concessive). The role of ambiguity, cognitive complexity, clause ordering and exposure to input (i.e. priming) are investigated as factors that further influence the age of acquisition. Two comprehension and two production experiments were administered to 120 children and to 30 adult controls. The results support an earlier acquisition of the temporal interpretation. The comparison of the ambiguous temporal with the unambiguous temporal ones shows that unambiguous connectives are earlier comprehended as they are processed easier. Predictions for an earlier acquisition of the sequential over the simultaneous connectives and for the priority of the premise over the concessive meaning are regulated by the inherent lexical properties of the studied connectives. Working memory limitations and processing load are assumed to be responsible for the lower accuracy observed in tasks and structures of more cognitive complexity.
Student: PATSALA PASCHALIA (2015)|
Thesis title: Semantic and Pragmatic Aspects of Lexicography: The Case of Concessive Connectives in Modern Greek
Translation: Σημασιολογικές και πραγματολογικές όψεις της λεξικογραφίας: οι παραχωρητικοί σύνδεσμοι στη νέα ελληνική γλώσσα
Supervising Committee: Koutoupi-Kiti Eliza | Anastasiadi-Simeonidi Anna | Veloudis Ioannis
The purpose of the present thesis is a lexicographical account of Concessive Connectives, based on a combination of semantic, syntactic and pragmatic factors involved in their use, and consequently, in their interpretation. The scope of my analysis is restricted to Modern Greek concessive markers—analyzing extensively two of them: an ke (αν και) and ke na (και να). For the purposes of the present study, I have emphasised on connectives referred to in Grammars of the Modern Greek Language, delimiting at the same time the study to those concessive connectives that introduce subordinate clauses with an adverbial function in written discourse. Data for the present quantitative and qualitative study constitute approximately 300 bi-clausal concessive constructions in the Modern Greek language, drawn from written discourse from the Hellenic National Corpus (HNC)—a corpus of written Modern Greek texts compiled by the Institute for Language and Speech Processing. In the present thesis, I explore extensively the syntax and semantics of the above two concessive connectives in Modern Greek, namely of an ke (αν και) and ke na (και να), with respect also to their discourse function. However, I should clarify that pragmatic considerations are treated in this study neither as a starting point nor as an objective, but rather as integrated into a comprehensive linguistic treatment of a specific type of lexical units, namely connectives.Moreover, it is suggested that the tools used in my thesis may be applied to other apparently heterogeneous linguistic phenomena, since the framework applied allows generalisability. The framework I propose enables both lexicographers and dictionary users to view function words as active units in real discourse structures, rather than as mere lexical items of a static nature limited to a description of their role in potential utterances. At the same time, the aim of the present research is to produce some general statements based on observations about Modern Greek connectives and the structures they appear in, which can apply to the whole class of conjunctions, rather than merely to individual instances of the class of conjunctions. The current doctoral thesis aspires to have contributed to the field of linguistic and lexicographical knowledge in a number of ways. Firstly, it aims to add greatly to the examination and analysis of connectives as a language component in its own right. Secondly, it attempts to promote the methodology used in the field of lexicography towards meaning and/or function description through corpus investigation of language variation; and thirdly, it proposes a lexicographically plausible account of connectives that draws heavily on the theoretical model of Construction Grammar, where the author focuses on the rich linguistic insights offered by exploiting this approach for lexicographical purposes.
Student: BABATZIMOPOULOS SOTIRIOS (2014)|
Thesis title: Το στοιχείο της βίας στο σύγχρονο αμερικάνικο κινηματογράφο (1992-2007)
Translation: The element of violence in contemporary american cinema (1992-2007)
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Giorgos | Kokkonis Michalis | Paschalidis Grigoris
The objective of the present research is threefold: First, to examine the element of violence in contemporary American cinematographic narratives, as well as the mechanisms with which violence is employed in the narration in order to create an effective impact to the viewer. Second, to analyze violence as a defining element of the characters and their identity. Third, to look into violence as a commentary of its cinematographic expression. The dissertation is divided into two parts. In the first part a brief historical overview of the use of violence in cinema from 1895 to 1992 is presented, the notion of violence is defined, and the theoretical background is established. In the second part the following seven films are used as case studies and therefore are thoroughly analyzed: Unforgiven, Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, Funny Games, A History of Violence and No Country for Old Men.
Student: GKELI VASILIKI (2014)|
Thesis title: Popular Greek cinema comedies, 1950-1970: an analysis of the genre
Translation: Δημοφιλείς κωμωδίες του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου, 1950-1970: μια ανάλυση του είδους
Supervising Committee: Kokkonis Michalis | Patsalidis Savvas | Pastourmatzi Domna
This dissertation examines the popular feature films which belong to the broader genre of comedy (character comedy, slapstick comedy, romantic comedy, musical comedy) and were screened between 1950 and 1970 in Greece. The theoretical approach used is the genre theory. In particular, the theoretical framework consists of the theories of Thomas Schatz and Rick Altman about the existence of conventions in the films and their distinction between morphological / syntactic and narrative / semantic. The concept of feedback is also studied and the fact that it results from an implicit contract between the producer and the audience, is stressed. The concept of feedback leads to the theory of Thomas Schatz of a “cultural ritual” which is a cultural experience that the public is experiencing in a form of a massive and collective expression. Moreover, the thesis focuses on Robert Ray’s view concerning the determinant influence of the dominant ideology on the conventions of the genre films, as well as on Richard Dyer’s theory about the link that connects musical comedy and utopia. Within this theoretical framework, the special features of the sub-genres of comedy are studied and the recurring thematic (narrative) motifs in comedies are categorized. Then, the popular comedies are analyzed and the recurring stereotypical characters are traced. Finally, the cases where the popularity of a film comedy is mainly due to the star-protagonist are shown.
Student: HOVHANNISYAN IREN (2014)|
Thesis title: Learners' attitudes and motivation to learn English: English as a foreign or as an international language?
Translation: Στάσεις και κίνητρα μαθητών που μαθαίνουν αγγλικά: τα αγγλικά ως ξένη ή ως διεθνής γλώσσα;
Supervising Committee: Sougari Areti-Maria | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Sifakis Nikolaos
The aim of the present study is to examine attitudes and motivation to learn English among Greek learners of the sixth grade of primary school and the third grade of lower secondary school in relation to variables such as age, gender and language attainment level. What is more, this study seeks to explore the extent to which Greek learners are aware of the concept of English as an International Language (EIL) and their attitudes towards and motivation to learn EIL or at least to incorporate some EIL-related features into their English language learning. The data were collected in 27 state schools (13 primary schools and 14 lower secondary schools) in the eastern and western parts of Thessaloniki, Greece. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches were adopted with the overall number of 1,142 survey respondents and the total of 31 interviewees. The data elicitation tools employed were a 71-item attitude/motivation questionnaire, which explored learners’ attitudes towards English, towards learning English at school, towards the native speakers of English and learners’ motivation to learn English for a plethora of reasons; the Oxford Quick Placement Test, which measured the respondents’ language attainment level; and a concise questionnaire used for the short semi-structured interviews. The results of the study highlight that age is the most influential variable across almost all attitude/motivational variables, in which young learners are reported to have more positive attitudes and a higher level of motivation. With regard to the impact of proficiency level, more proficient learners have more positive attitudes towards English and are motivated to learn English for instrumental reasons and for personal enjoyment. In addition, the results show that gender is not influential, and this finding leads to the assumption that, with special reference to English, attitudes and motivation seem to have become gender-neutral. The qualitative data obtained from the short interviews amplified and enriched the findings of the study by providing a more insightful and detailed picture of the learners’ attitudes and motivation. Suggestions for future research and a number of pedagogical recommendations are made on how to increase and sustain learners’ attitudes and motivation and to raise learners’ awareness of EIL, based on the findings of the present study.
Student: KAPSIDOU EIRINI (2014)|
Thesis title: The Aesthetic and the Physiology of the I/Eye in Avant-Garde Photography
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Sakellaridou Elisavet | Paschalidis Grigoris
Student: OKTEM OZ (2014)|
Thesis title: The Representation of Muslim Women in early modern English Drama
Translation: Η αναπαράσταση τις μουσουλμάνας γυναίκας στο θέατρο της Αγγλίας του δέκατου έκτου αιώνα
Supervising Committee: Krontiri Tina | Kalogeras Giorgos | Alexandropoulos Ioannis
Recent scholarship in early modern studies often reads the representation of the Muslim woman in English dramatic works in the light of postcolonial identity politics, which sees an organic relationship between the West’s historical domination of the East and the Western discourse on the East. Within this view, the Islamic woman is rendered a symbol for her land and people and her conquest by European men is supposed to signify the Western superiority over Islam. This thesis problematizes the above trajectory, which is largely informed by Said’s theory of Orientalism, by arguing that the assumption of a power relation between a dominating West and a subordinate East cannot be sustained within the context of the political and historical realities of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Although the English acquired an experience in the New World that enabled them to articulate their first colonial aspirations, in the East they were far from the position of superiority that they assumed in later centuries. Against the Islamic superpower of the Ottomans, which was a threat to the entire Europe, England was only a nascent nation seeking the Ottomans’ commercial and military support to rival the other nations within the radically fractured Christendom. For this reason, the image and the function of Islamic femininity in the period’s drama should be re-interpreted so as to reflect this overturn in the world’s power balances, as well as the complex and intricate dynamics of England’s intensified contact with Islam in the Mediterranean. While referring to historical and theoretical texts, the present study analyzes in detail a series of early modern plays that thematize Islam, including plays by Marlowe, Massinger, as well as Beaumont and Fletcher. The analysis discusses the representation of the Muslim woman by reformulating Said’s theory in line with the unique global dynamics of the age. At the same time, it pays attention to the interconnection of gender notions across the Muslim and Christian cultures. The early modern era witnessed significant transformations with respect to the position of women within the English society. Humanism, the Reformation, and new forms of production enabled Englishwomen for the first time to articulate ideas of equality and defend their rights for greater liberties. Women’s transgression of their culturally prescribed roles caused serious patriarchal anxieties, which are evidenced by the substantial effort observed in the writings of many male writers and moralists to legitimize women’s subordination. The same constant preoccupation with proper gender roles can also be seen in the dramatic works with Islamic themes and characters, and in these plays Muslim women are constructed as negative feminine figures who embody what the patriarchal understanding found threatening and undesirable in women. By extending the arguments countering the post-colonial theory with references to the period’s gender debate, this thesis shows how the fictional Muslim female figures of the early modern English stage functioned as a versatile dramatic material that allowed playwrights to reflect on the Christian patriarchal anxieties with respect to both the overwhelming power of Islam and the oppositional voices of Englishwomen.
Student: PAPACHRISTOU VAIA (2014)|
Thesis title: The effectiveness of explicit or implicit pronunciation teaching to greek learners of english: the case of acquisition of english vowels
Translation: Η αποτελεσματικότητα της ρητής ή υπόρητης διδασκαλίας της προφοράς σε Έλληνες μαθητές της Αγγλικής: η περίπτωση της κατάκτησης των Αγγλικών φωνηέντων
Supervising Committee: Nikolaidou Katerina | Matthaioudaki Marina | Nakas Christos
The main aim of the present thesis is to investigate the production of English vowels by Greek learners of English and the effectiveness of explicit or implicit pronunciation instruction within a foreign language setting. To this end, three groups of speakers aged 9 and 15 years old were examined; i.e. two experimental groups, one which received explicit pronunciation tuition and one which was taught the pronunciation of the English vowels implicitly, via the use of recasts, and a control one which did not get any pronunciation tuition. Both experimental groups received 43 mini pronunciation interventions embedded in the regular English classes at school. The methodology adopted was the one proposed by Celce-Murcia, Brinton and Goodwin (1996) moving from controlled and guided activities to more communicative ones. Additionally, L1 Greek and L1 English data were obtained in order to compare the vowel inventories of the two languages. The results showed that after teaching, explicit pronunciation instruction can selectively bring about a change in both young and older students’ L2 vowel production, while no improvement was reported for the implicit and control groups for either age group. Moreover, no clear effect of learners’ age was documented. Generally, considerable intra- and inter-speaker variability was revealed after tuition and despite the small changes observed, systematic native-like production was difficult to attain.
Student: TACHMATZIDOU-EXARCHOU AIKATERINI (2014)|
Thesis title: Seeing as knowing: Newton's opticks and the perception of the female educator in Charlotte Bronte's novels
Translation: Όραση και γνώση: η οπτική του Νεύτωνα και η αντίληψη της γυναίκας εκπαιδευτικού στα μυθιστορήματα της Σαρλότ Μπροντέ
Supervising Committee: Kitsi-Mytakou Katerina | Rarkin-Gounela Ruth | Kogidou Dimitra
The aim of this thesis is to explore aspects of Newton’s influence on Charlotte Bronte’s four novels and the way this influence informs issues of epistemology, narratology and feminism as well as provides a model of reading her novels. Newton’s optical theories can be detected in Bronte’s work in a number of instances: first, in the handling of light and colours in her poetry and prose; second, in the construction of her narratives which are like prisms and spectrums full of converging and diverging voices and perspectives; and third, in the representation of the mind both as a prism and as a camera obscura. The representation of the mind as a prism and as a camera obscura is part of Bronte’s experimentation with the concept of female epistemological agency. In her novels, the female educator emerges as an exemplary image of female epistemological agent, who, thanks to her profession, is drawn away from a marginal position, experiments with different viewing positions and establishes a dialogic relation with her social environment. As a result, the female educator constructs an epistemological discourse which prioritizes the female mind and mental qualities, foregrounds alternative and feminine ways of knowing, like intuition, and helps the female subject express herself in narrative spectrums full of both realistic accounts and narratives of fantasy. This way, Newtonian discourses of reason and objectivity are endorsed by Bronte but at the same time they are undermined by discourses of subjective vision and fantasy. The perception and the epistemic viewpoint of the female educator are tested against the epistemic viewpoints of other women in the novels. In the end, the female educator is foregrounded as an empowered “heterogeneous” woman, whose mental power and originality of thought make her unique, as she progresses from ignorance to knowledge and from obscurity and darkness to light, constructing ‘a knowledge of her own.’
Student: ANTONIOU VICTORIA (2013)|
Thesis title: The reception of detective diction: a study of reader reactions and expectations
Translation: Η πρόσληψη του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος: μελέτη των αντιδράσεων και προσδοκιών του αναγνωστικού κοινού
Supervising Committee: Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin | Pastourmatzi Domna | Kontos Nikos
Detective fiction has been an appealing reading pastime for over a century. However, despite numerous sociological studies on popular culture and literature, the consumer/reader largely remains an elusive persona. The sociology of literature and reception studies traditionally focus on a hypothetical reader whose horizon of expectations must be reconstructed from extant texts and/or the fiction itself. This dissertation zeroes in on the actual perusing individual. The aim is to achieve an empirically-constituted, sociological portrait of contemporary readers of popular detective fiction and involves a twofold objective; to identify their conceptual classificatory schemas and compare them with the respective schemas of critical approaches to popular detective fiction from its inception to the present. The dissertation meets the aim through an extensive study of relevant literature and a treatment of postings to DorothyL as an empirical database that comprises marked combinations of socio-literary information. The statistical processing of an empirically-constructed corpus via a combination of qualitative content analysis and Greimasian structural semantics yields important information. It ascertains that daily-recorded correspondences of taste regarding the literary can indeed provide an eloquent description of the contemporary bibliophile. The key finding is that the contemporaneous detective-fiction reader is keen on a combination of characteristics. This combination emerges in the late 1970s and intertwines historicity with structural excellence. The main conclusion drawn is that the empirical deficiency in popular-literature studies has led theorists of culture to perceive its consumer as a lobotomised adherent to the status quo, and popular fiction as one of the instruments for the operation. However, the current approach reveals that DorothyL subscribers are self-willed/emancipated agents who appropriate the original detective fiction formula; they demand that their favourite sleuth stories display certain characteristics. In this dissertation, the actual receiver of culture sanctions French structuralist and post-structuralist critical assumptions about the nature of language, culture, and (wo)man. Posters to DorothyL attest to the autonomous subversive, ideological nature of literature, and to the dialectical relationship of texts to reality — assumptions long validated only via (meta)textual criticism and virtual-readership constructions. This thesis argues for a methodologically unbiased approach to popular culture, however, one that does not disregard the actual consumer, and proposes that more research should be carried out based on authentic communications of readers’ preferences and opinions.Detective fiction has been an appealing reading pastime for over a century. However, despite numerous sociological studies on popular culture and literature, the consumer/reader largely remains an elusive persona. The sociology of literature and reception studies traditionally focus on a hypothetical reader whose horizon of expectations must be reconstructed from extant texts and/or the fiction itself. This dissertation zeroes in on the actual perusing individual. The aim is to achieve an empirically-constituted, sociological portrait of contemporary readers of popular detective fiction and involves a twofold objective; to identify their conceptual classificatory schemas and compare them with the respective schemas of critical approaches to popular detective fiction from its inception to the present. The dissertation meets the aim through an extensive study of relevant literature and a treatment of postings to DorothyL as an empirical database that comprises marked combinations of socio-literary information. The statistical processing of an empirically-constructed corpus via a combination of qualitative content analysis and Greimasian structural semantics yields important information. It ascertains that daily-recorded correspondences of taste regarding the literary can indeed provide an eloquent description of the contemporary bibliophile. The key finding is that the contemporaneous detective-fiction reader is keen on a combination of characteristics. This combination emerges in the late 1970s and intertwines historicity with structural excellence. The main conclusion drawn is that the empirical deficiency in popular-literature studies has led theorists of culture to perceive its consumer as a lobotomised adherent to the status quo, and popular fiction as one of the instruments for the operation. However, the current approach reveals that DorothyL subscribers are self-willed/emancipated agents who appropriate the original detective fiction formula; they demand that their favourite sleuth stories display certain characteristics. In this dissertation, the actual receiver of culture sanctions French structuralist and post-structuralist critical assumptions about the nature of language, culture, and (wo)man. Posters to DorothyL attest to the autonomous subversive, ideological nature of literature, and to the dialectical relationship of texts to reality — assumptions long validated only via (meta)textual criticism and virtual-readership constructions. This thesis argues for a methodologically unbiased approach to popular culture, however, one that does not disregard the actual consumer, and proposes that more research should be carried out based on authentic communications of readers’ preferences and opinions.
Student: CHARALAMPIDOU PARTHENA (2013)|
Thesis title: Mετάφραση και Επιχώρια Προσαρμογή Δικτυακών Τόπων
Translation: Τranslation and Website Localisation
Supervising Committee: Nenopoulou - Drosou Antonia | Grammenidis Symeon | Kokonis Michail
The aim of the present thesis was the observation of the adaptation techniques and strategies that localisers adopt in the framework of international corporate website localisation when addressing an english, french and greek audience. We examined the way website content and format is transferred in relation to the addressees' cultural characteristics. Then we tried to find out which verbal means of persuasion are selected with a greek audience in mind and we recognised two main strategies of persuasion. Our main focus was on the study of the metaphorical figure of speech both on a verbal and a nonverbal level of analysis. In our attempt to observe the way optical and verbal metaphors are transferred from one locale to the other we adopted a causative research model which allowed for the connection of adaptation techniques with the receivers' cultural background. The analysis revealed a tendency of maintaining the macrostructure and culturally adapting the microstructure of the website.
Student: CHOSTELIDOU THEODORA (2013)|
Thesis title: English for specific purposes in Tertiary Education: an experimental study on needs analysis and course design
Translation: Αγγλικά για ειδικούς σκοπούς στην Τριτοβάθμια Εκπαίδευση: μια πειραματική μελέτη για την ανίχνευση αναγκών και το σχεδιασμό του προγράμματος σπουδών
Supervising Committee: Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Antonopoulou Niovi | Agathopoulou Eleni
The study aims to provide a detailed demonstration of how needs analysis (NA) can be carried out and utilized for creating a needs-based experimental ESAP course. In particular, the major goals of this study were: to identify the needs of accontancy students in the context of Greek tertiary education (TEI); determine how these needs can be best addressed
Student: EFSTATHIADI KALLIOPI (2013)|
Thesis title: The Role of FL Aptitude and the Executive Functions of Working Memory and Inhibition in FL Vocabulary Acquisition by young Greek learners of English
Translation: Ο ρόλος της γλωσσικής έφεσης και των εκτελεστικών λειτουργιών της εργαζόμενης μνήμης και του ανασταλτικού μηχανισμού στην απόκτηση του ξένου λεξιλογίου, από μικρούς Έλληνες μαθητές της αγγλικής
Supervising Committee: Matthaioudaki Marina | Alexiou Thomai | Okalidou Areti
The research took place in two primary schools in Thessaloniki, from 2010-12. The mainstream school introduces English as a foreign language from Grade 3, while the experimental one does so from Grade 1.To explain individual differences in the acquisition of L2 vocabulary English, the study explores whether the early introduction of L2 English affects positively the cognitive functioning of young Greek learners. The main cognitive variables investigated in the study are Foreign Language Aptitude (Alexiou, 2005), Phonological Short-term Memory and the central executive of Working Memory (Baddeley & Hitch, 1974). This has never before been attempted, as Early Foreign Language Learning research has primarily investigated the linguistic and affective outcome of this enterprise (Garcia Lecumberri & Gallardo 2003; Mihaljevic Djigunovic & Krevelj 2009; Mihaljevic Djigunovic & Lopriore 2010; Munoz 2006, 2010; Nikolov 2009). The thesis’ main hypothesis is that the learners’ early and intensive exposure to L2 English will beneficially affect their cognitive skills.The research tools used are the following: the informants’ non-verbal skills were assessed by the Young Learners’ Aptitude Test (YLAT) (Alexiou, 2005) and the Stop-signal test (Logan & Cowan, 1984). The verbal tests examined participants’ Phonological short-term Memory via the Digit recall_Forward task (Wechsler, 1991), the Children’s Test of Nonword Repetition (Gathercole & Baddeley, 1996), and the Test of Nonword Repetition for Greek-speaking children (Maridaki-Kassotaki, 1998). The L1 verbal intelligence of participants was tested via the sub-tests of the two versions of the Diagnostic Test of Verbal Intelligence (DVIQ I & II) (Stavrakaki & Tsimpli, 2000), that pertain to vocabulary and metalinguistic knowledge. The central executive of Working Memory was explored via the Digit recall_Backward task (Wechsler, 1991) and the Listening span and Recall task (Daneman & Carpenter, 1980). Finally, a FL vocabulary test designed by the researcher tested the experimental group’s receptive and productive skills.The study wishes to answer four research questions. The first question examines whether the early introduction of L2 English enhances any of the aptitude skills in young learners (Alexiou, 2005). The second one wishes to find out whether Phonological short-term Memory is the sole predictor of L2 vocabulary performance, at this early stage of foreign language learning. The third question examines whether the experimental group, after a two-year intensive L2 programme, will display a firmer control than the control group, on their response inhibition mechanism. Finally, the last question explores whether Early Foreign Language Learning can be associated with a gender effect.The results are more than promising: they strongly suggest that Early Foreign Language Learning can enhance young learners’ cognitive skills and their complex working memory. This may have a positive impact on their language learning skills, be these of their native language or of a foreign one.
Student: FILIPPOU GIANNA (2013)|
Thesis title: The expedience of anxiety and pleasure: a Kleinian approach to fairy tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Translation: Η χρησιμότητα του αγχους και της ηδονής: μία κλαϊνική προσέγγιση παραμυθιών των Jacob και Wilhelm Grimm
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Douka-Kabitoglou Ekaterini | Rasidaki Alexandra
The aim of the present thesis is to chart the common ground between fairy tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and the psychoanalytic theory developed by pioneering analyst Melanie Klein. This is first approached in historical terms, as the possible interconnections between the historical and cultural realities surrounding the institutionalization of the Grimm fairy tales and the life and work of Melanie Klein are explored. Moreover, basic aspects of Klein’s analytic theories are compared to underlying structures and elements of a selected number of tales. The second part of the thesis involves a reading of a corpus of tales such as “Snow White”, “Hansel and Gretel” and “Cinderella”, in the light of Kleinian analytic theory, in order not only to appreciate the complexity and depth of the tales, but also to partly account for their diachronic appeal.
Student: GOULETI AIKATERINI (2013)|
Thesis title: Translating Culture-Specific References on Greek Television: A diachronic case study of subtitling trends
Translation: Μεταφράζοντας πολιτισμικά στοιχεία στην ελληνική τηλεόραση: μια διαχρονική μελέτη των υποτιτλιστικών τάσεων
Supervising Committee: Connolly David | Koutoupi-Kiti Eliza | Kontos Nikos
The treatment of culture specific utterances is said to be one of the most challenging tasks for any translator. In the case of subtitling, there are special idiosyncratic features that render the particular task even more demanding. The subtitler has to take a wide range of parameters into consideration ranging from the polymedial nature of the medium to the functionality of each utterance within the audiovisual product. Each parameter works as a confining or aiding framework for the subtitling act and ultimately determines the range of choices and possible alternatives for the adoptable strategies. This thesis attempts to outline these additional parameters, posed by subtitling, in a diachronic perspective. Examples of culture specific references will be drawn, among others, from two different sets of subtitles written for a very popular TV series (Beverly Hills 90210) broadcast by two Greek TV channels with a twenty-year time gap. The existence of these parallel translations provide the ground for a contrastive study which yields interesting insights as to the variation of translation strategies adopted by professionals. The different renderings of the culture-specific utterances are juxtaposed to serve the overriding objective of comparing the numerical findings with the strategies used for different cultural groupings. The question on whether and if so to what extent and towards what direction has the treatment of culture specific utterances changed in the course of time, will be dealt with in this thesis.
Student: IOANNIDOU KYRIAKI (2013)|
Thesis title: Ονοματικά σύνολα της νέας ελληνικής: αυτόματη αναγνώριση και εξάλειψη μορφολογικών αμφισημιών κατά την αυτόματη επεξεργασία κειμένων: προτάσεις εφαρμογής στη μετάφραση
Translation: Noun phrases in Modern Greek: Automatic recognition and morphological disambiguation in automatic text processing: Some suggestions for possible applications in translation
Supervising Committee: Kyriakopoulou Panagiota | Anastasiadou-Simeonidou Anna | Grammenidis Simeon
The aim of this PhD thesis is to develop automatic methods for Noun Phrase Recognition in Modern Greek corpora. The linguistic research is placed within the framework of Harris’ distributional and transformational theory (1951; 1965; 1968). For the detailed and systematic description of Modern Greek syntax, we adopted Gross’ methodological model (1975), called Lexicon-Grammar, which can provide extremely rich and exhaustive linguistic information. According to Gross (1975), in order to proceed to syntactic analysis, we should first study the structure of elementary sentences. Based on the structure of elementary sentences in Modern Greek, we delimit our research and define noun phrases within our research. More specifically, we focus on noun phrases that are non-prepositional first complements of verbs. As far as Noun Phrase Recognition Is concerned, we constructed and applied to corpora machine-readable grammars. These grammars, which have the formalism of Recursive Transition Networks (RTN), are very often used to represent linguistic data (Gross, 1993; Roche & Schabes, 1997). In total, we constructed 925 grammars (graphs), consisting a linguistic resource of great importance as they recognise a big part of noun phrases. Because of their detailed descriptions, these grammars were also used to eliminate morphological ambiguities in noun phrases. The latter task was evaluated in terms of recall and precision.
Student: KALLERGI CHARITINI (2013)|
Thesis title: Reduplication at the word level: The Greek facts in typological perspective
Translation: Αναδίπλωση στο επίπεδο της λέξης: τα ελληνικά δεδομένα σε τυπολογική προοπτική
Supervising Committee: Tsangalidis Anastasios | Katsimali Georgia | Stolz Thomas
This dissertation deals with total reduplication (TR) of the type vima vima ‘step step’ “step by step”, aspros aspros ‘white white’ “very white”, vivlio vivlio ‘book book’ “real/proper book” and pes pes ‘say:2SG.IMP say:2SG.IMP’ “by saying all the time”. The object of study concerns Modern Greek (MG), but since it is approached from a typological point of view, it involves reference to other languages and to theoretical or typological models of analysis. The central aim of the dissertation is to describe the language-specific regularities of a phenomenon that is largely attested among languages of Southeastern Europe. Thus, focusing on MG, the thesis addresses the types of TR, its phonological, semantic and pragmatic aspects and the constraints and/or preferences of speakers concerning its use. The typology of TR in MG focuses on four meanings/functions, identified as the intensive, the contrastive, the distributive and the iterative. Part of the analysis of these functional types is based on data that come from two experiments: a Sentence Completion Task (SCT) referring to the relation of the above meanings/functions with word classes and semantic features of words, and a scripted speech (reading-aloud) task concerning the relation of intonation with the interpretation of TR constructions. The SCT has confirmed or refined earlier assumptions regarding the effects of word class, the [± concrete] feature, number, person and mood on the interpretation of TR. It has also pointed to correlations between these functions and other parameters, such as discourse type. The phonological task addressed the notorious issue of single stress of TR expressions, and resulted in clarifying the idea of prosodic unity in TR (as a feature that distinguishes it from pragmatic repetition). The phonological experiment has also provided a (formal) basis for making distinctions between types of TR in terms of status (esp. grammatical vs. pragmatic status). In general, the discussion of formal and lexical constraints on the use of TR functions leads to the observation that TR is a heterogeneous category that involves grammatical (e.g. the distributive), pragmatic (e.g. the contrastive) and lexical (e.g. “indefiniteness”) construction types, which nonetheless meet highly specific criteria for their status as TR constructions. From a theoretical viewpoint, however, TR cannot be unambiguously considered a grammatical or lexical class (in the sense of Walchli 2005). Overall, TR seems to have a special, borderline, character, which is evident, first, in that it has both a lexical/idiomatic and a grammatical aspect, and, second, it is best described as the result of a copying process, not present in other types of construction. Independently of its fuzzy status, the TR types discussed are productive and “vital” (in the sense of Stolz, Stroh & Urdze 2011), hence it is proposed that MG is a language that exhibits reduplication, contrary to earlier approaches that either reject the idea or consider reduplication a universal. As a productive, grammatical mechanism (with the distributive type being its “best” representative), TR should not be merely taken as a strategy for “emphasis”, but it should be systematically represented in grammar textbooks.
Student: KONSTANTINIDOU DESPOINA-ALEXANDRA (2013)|
Thesis title: Paranoia from Salvador Dali to Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and culture in the 1930s
Translation: Η παράνοια από τον Σαλβαντόρ Νταλί στον Ζακ Λακάν: ψυχανάλυση και πολιτισμός κατά τη δεκαετία του 1930
Supervising Committee: Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin-Margarita | Douka-Kabitoglou Ekaterini | Chrysanthopoulos Michalis
In his short 1933 article commenting on Lacan’s treatise on paranoia, the reconciliatory surrealist Rene Crevel posed the following question: “Consciousness, thesis. The unconscious, antithesis. When will there be a synthesis?” (49; my translation).2 Behar1 This statement dates from 1966, and it appeared in a four-page review presenting Duquenne’s translation of Schreber’s Memoirs. This was, in fact, the first translation of Schreber’s book in the French language, the biggest part of which appeared in volumes five to eight of Cahiers pour l’analyse. Translating Memoirs into French was apparently inspired by Lacan’s 1955-1956 third seminar, entitled Les psychoses, where Lacan dealt with psychosis as a rupture in the symbolic order, due to the expulsion or foreclosure of the basic signifier, the “name-of-the-father.” In the 1950s, Lacan saw in Freud’s views about the psychotic’s “withdrawal from reality” a gap in the symbolic, which disturbs the patient’s connection to reality, as well as the balance among the symbolic, the real and the imaginary order. Although Lacan’s views in The Psychoses are widely regarded as extending his early work on paranoia, the careful study of the relation between the theory presented in the aforementioned Lacanian seminar and Lacan’s encounter with Dali in the 1930s would require the academic scope and the length of another doctoral thesis. A translation and reading of Lacan’s statement on Dali will appear later in this section.2 Up to the time of his suicide in 1935, Crevel sought to link surrealism and communism, just as he sought to bring together politics and psychoanalysis in his 1933 essay on psycho-dialectic, which Eburne describes as “a model of revolutionary uprising understood as an empowerment made possible by an increasing consciousness of repressed desires and repressive forces” (101). Fascinated by Lacan’s views on the dynamic unconscious and on the curative power of self-punishment in paranoia, Crevel attempted to combine in that essay Marxist dialectical materialism and a valid theory of the unconscious (102). Although in Crevel’s essay there is no reference to the Catalan’s method, Eburne claims that Crevel opts for Lacan’s thesis and Dali’s work on paranoia because ofConstantinidou 271and Carassou, two of the critics who acknowledge the influence of Dali’s work on paranoia upon the young Lacan, wonder half a century later whether the synthesis would be Lacan’s own 1930s work on the illness (210). In the sense that Lacan’s study on paranoid psychosis highlighted the way the paranoid mechanism mediates between reality and the unconscious, the answer to the question of the two critics is affirmative, and the Frenchman’s work on paranoia inheres in the cultural context of the interwar surrealist Paris that Dali inhabited too. Nonetheless, the significance of Lacan’s encounter with Dali in the 1930s lies beyond the corroboration of their similar approach to paranoia.This study has attempted to prove that the conceptualisation of paranoia in the 1930s work of Dali and Lacan addressed the function of perception, or better the way we get to know the world, which was essentially one of the fundamental topics that the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century scientists, including Freud, were interested in. Given the nature of paranoid psychosis, and in tune with surrealist culture, the approach of Dali and Lacan to paranoia and perception departed from empiricism and biologism, and focused on the role of the unconscious. What is of significance for my research is that it was the study of the paranoid delirium and of the vital role of the unconscious in the process of its formation that proved to be fertile ground for the shift to representation in the theory of the two men. As we have seen, they both explored issues of representation in their discussion of the paranoid mechanism. And although Dali’s pursuit of a theory of representation was more obvious in his writings, Lacan trod the same path which would later, and especially with the help of structural linguistics, become the core of his comprehensive theory of psychical functioning.their understanding of its structure as one that systematises reality (102). Crevel’s “Notes en vue d’une psycho-dialectique” may well be the first piece of writing on Lacan and politics.Constantinidou 272Despite the fact, therefore, that the period of Lacan’s comments on the link between psychosis and the symbolic order lay far ahead, the study of the paranoid delirium and of Aimee’s writings pointed at paranoid discourse, just as Dali’s paranoid method and its products did. Most importantly, my study has explored the confluence of the work of the two men, especially as concerns the links between paranoid discourse and interpretation. Predicated, in one way or another, upon Freud’s remark on “assimilative fictions,” upon Kraepelin’s views about the existence of a stable system in the paranoid delirium, upon the concept of the “delirium of interpretation,” Lacan’s 1932 statement about the paranoid delirium being an “interpretive activity of the unconscious” problematised the distinction between Freud’s manifest and latent content, between word and meaning – or, better, between the signifier and the signified, in a way that Lacan would deal with many years later.In Dali’s theory, on the other hand, paranoid discourse, where his emphasis on form and Lacan’s findings on interpretation merge, was primarily a visual discourse. “The ‘paranoiac phenomenon’ (delirium of systematic interpretation) is consubstantial with the human phenomenon of sight,” he claimed in “Dali, Dali!” written in 1939 (CW 335).3 The paranoid simulacrum in Dali’s paintings, in particular, inasmuch as it aimed at usurping and eventually systematising and interpreting reality in accordance with a projected unconscious idea, illustrated Lacan’s own views on the paranoid mechanism. This is not to say that this was done deliberately by the Catalan artist, who, as we have seen, struggled to maintain his individual outlook amidst the swarming surrealist context of the 1930s. Instead, it was due to their theoretical confluence, as well as to the fact that Dali and Lacan worked in different disciplines while at the same time were3 Although it is beyond the scope of this study, a comparison of Dali’s words with Lacan’s later theory of the “dialectic of the eye and the gaze” is not only justified by Lacan’s reference to surrealist painting in his argumentation, but also by the 1930s conceptualisation of the paranoid mechanism as one that partakes in both perception and desire.Constantinidou 273both integrating psychoanalytic notions into their 1930s work. What has been a constant yet fascinating struggle for this study, tracing and then “translating” similar viewpoints in dissimilar jargons, proved to be the catalyst for a prolific exchange of ideas between the two men.
Student: LAGAKOU MARIA (2013)|
Thesis title: A translatological evaluation of the Greek translations of Tennessee Williams ‘A streetcar named Desire’ and their reception in Greece
Translation: Μια μεταφρασεολογική αξιολόγηση τριών ελληνικών μεταφράσεων του έργου του Tennessee Williams' A streetcar named desire και η πρόσληψή τους στην Ελλάδα
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savvas | Connolly David | Kontos Nikos
The ultimate aim of this thesis is multi-faceted: Firstly, it will include a presentation of the scientific framework and the context in which the ST and the TTs, as well as the playwright, the translators and the audiences have existed and influenced each other. Once the text functions and types have been determined, the thesis will provide a comparative analysis of all the potential translatologically problematic culture-specific elements, which are included in the three most recently published Greek translations of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. The final step will be a critical evaluation and a conclusion regarding the norms that govern the translation process of these problematic areas. Τhe descriptive analysis is well-supported by empirical findings and observations, as well as secondary research.
Student: MISIOU VASILIKI (2013)|
Thesis title: Περί Μεταφράσεως Ποιητών: Θεωρητικές Τοποθετήσεις Ελλήνων Ποιητών του 19ου και 20ού Αιώνα και η Επίδρασή τους στο Μεταφραστικό τους Έργο
Translation: On translating poets: Theoretical views of 19th- and 20th-century greek poets and the impact on their translation Work
Supervising Committee: Connolly David | Kehagiglou Georgios | Kontos Nikos
The present thesis investigates poetry translation in Greece (1810-1974), focusing on Greek poet-translators and their theorizing about translation and especially on the views expressed by Ioannis Vilaras, Iakovos Polylas, Lorentzos Mavilis, Kostis Palamas, George Seferis, and Odysseus Elytis. The thesis aims to explore the relationship between the poets’ thinking on translation and their practice of translation by examining part of their translation work from a DTS perspective. The study helps us draw conclusions about the impact translation has on the poets’ original poetic production, as well as on the development of Modern Greek poetry, language and education, illustrating thus the need for more systematic and methodological studies of the translation activity of 19th- and 20th-century Greek poets.
Student: RISTANI MARIA (2013)|
Thesis title: Τhe Rhythmic turn in Samuel Beckett΄s Shorter Plays
Supervising Committee: Sakellaridou Elsi | Kitsi Aikaterini | Lapidaki Eleni
Student: SIMOU ALEXANDRA (2013)|
Thesis title: Migrant/National Identities and Theatre Pedagogy towards a new interdisciplinary model
Translation: Αποδημητικές - εθνικές ταυτότητες και θεατρική παιδαγωγική: προς ένα νέο διεπιστημονικό μοντέλο
Supervising Committee: Sakellaridou Elisavet | Moudatsakis Tilemachos | Yiannopoulou Effie
Τhis thesis describes an interdisciplinary research project which combined selected play-texts with techniques from drama in education, with the aim of renegotiating the stereotyped identities of the ‘immigrant-Other’ and the ‘national-Self’ in an educational context. Moreover, the thesis’ wider aim was to upgrade the role of the play-text in the classroom, providing innovative ideas which re-consider the pedagogical potential of acting a play-text out, for future teachers and drama educators to experiment with, according to their own specific class dynamics and thematic orientation. In more detail, the thesis describes a qualitative research which was carried out at an Intercultural High School of Thessaloniki. During the research project three migration-oriented play-texts were introduced to 15 migrant and Greek students through a drama-based methodology using techniques from the field of drama in education. According to the findings of the research, the pedagogical role of the play-text was made clear. It emerged that the play-text can be a vehicle of intercultural awareness, affecting the students’ preconceptions of migrant and national identities, triggering a critical thinking of one’s attitude to the Other and finally leading to a fuller understanding of one’s Self. Moreover, it emerged that the drama-based methodology employed was also very effective for it engaged students into an active and self-absorbing approach to the play texts, preventing, thus, a superficial reading of them. Seeing into the learning potential and the joy of the students’ experiencing the play, the final suggestions of the thesis concern acting the play text out, reconsidering the art of acting as a means of exploring a play and deepening one’s understanding of the Self and the Other.
Student: TSOUMARI MARIA (2013)|
Thesis title: Issues in the translation of EU texts
Supervising Committee: Koutoupi-Kiti Eliza | Goutsos Dionysios | Mikros Giorgos
Student: VALKANOU THEODORA (2013)|
Thesis title: The poetics of Irishness: 20th-century Anglo-Irish poetry translated into Greek
Translation: Η ποιητική της ιρλανδικότητας: ελληνικές μεταφράσεις της αγγλόφωνης ιρλανδικής ποίησης του 20ου αιώνα
Supervising Committee: Connolly David | Kontos Nikos | Yiannopoulou Effie
The present thesis sets out to explore how Irish cultural identity is rendered in the Greek translations of 20th-century Anglo-Irish poetry, and more specifically in the translated works of William Butler Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, and Seamus Heaney. Taking as a starting point the notion that the distinct national culture of Ireland is both shaped by and reflected in its literary production, this thesis investigates how the literary image of Irishness is represented when Irish writing in English is translated—an issue which has received scant attention in the literature. For the purposes of this thesis, Irishness is understood as fluid and multifaceted, owing its formation to the colonial/postcolonial experience. Its traits are described with the help of various definitions of culture and nation; its specific cultural markers—namely place, politics, history; memory, religion, mythology and folklore—are located and discussed in the original poems and their translations. The study involves not only a textual analysis of the translations with emphasis on the way culture-specific elements are rendered into Greek, but also an analysis of the form of the translated poems, an examination of the peritexts, as well as a macro-analysis of what part of the three poets’ work has been selected for translation. Having contextualized the poems in the source culture from which they originated, this study explores the extent to which cultural specificity comes across in the Greek translations. The findings of this study suggest that domesticating practices have prevailed, obscuring to a certain extent the cultural particularities of the source texts. Moreover, the various conceptions of Irishness as manifested in the work of the three poets are not fully captured in the Greek translations. Although the translation of Anglo-Irish poetry undeniably creates a meeting point between source and target culture, the image of Irishness is altered in the process. Taking into consideration the issue of translatability, this thesis offers an insight into the way cultural transfer between two minor cultures performs.
Student: XIROFOTOU EVANGELIA (2013)|
Thesis title: Developing Strategies through Instruction in Greek EFL Classrooms: The Case of the Mediation Task for the KPG B2 Level Exams
Translation: Ανάπτυξη στρατηγικών μέσω διδασκαλίας στις Ελληνικές αίθουσες εκμάθησης της Αγγλικής ως ξένη γλώσσα: η περίπτωση της δραστηριότητας της διαμσολάβησης για τις εξετάσεις του ΚΠΓ του επιπέδου Β2
Supervising Committee: Agathopoulou Eleni | Sougari Areti | Alexiou Thomai
The purpose of this research was to investigate the effect of instruction on written mediation strategies for Greek English language learners aged 14-15 at intermediate level of proficiency who were involved in exam preparation for the written mediation activity of the KPG writing module at B2 Level. The research included two major research questions: first, whether the teaching intervention influenced the learners’ perceptions regarding the application of the written mediation strategies, and second, what types of mediation strategies facilitated the English language learners in improving their written mediation performance. To assess the effectiveness of instruction we trained sixty learners in mediation strategies; these learners formed the experimental group. There was also a control group of the thirty-six learners who followed the regular exam preparation course for English language exams at B2 Level, without receiving training in mediation strategies. The intervention in the experimental group consisted of nine fifty-minute lessons that took place every second week over a period of four months. The following instruments were used to collect our research data: (a) a questionnaire to measure the learners’ perception regarding written mediation strategy use before and after the teaching intervention, and (b) a written mediation checklist to evaluate the learners’ written performance before and after the teaching intervention. The research findings indicate that the experimental group improved on their use of written mediation strategies more than the control group. Also, findings indicate the need for further research into the design of assessment instruments of written mediation performance. Moreover, on one hand assessor-training programmes should be developed in order to facilitate the task of written mediation assessors. On the other hand, teachers should be trained in teaching written mediation strategies in the EFL classroom.
Student: ZIAKA AIKATERINI (2013)|
Thesis title: (In) Sanity on the Contemporary British Stage: The Politics and Limits of Representation
Supervising Committee: Sakellaridou Elisavet | Patsalidis Savvas | Pantazis Pavlos
Student: DIMITRAKOPOULOU MARIA (2012)|
Thesis title: The Role of Inflection in the structure of English as a second language: A developmental study of adult speakers of Greek
Translation: Ο ρόλος της κλίσης στην προτασιακή δομή της αγγλικής ως δεύτερης γλώσσας: μια αναπτυξιακή μελέτη ενηλίκων με μητρική γλώσσα την ελληνική
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Roussou Anna
The aim of the thesis was to study the acquisition of English object-gap A`-dependencies with a null/overt wh-operator by Greek learners of English. The theoretical framework adopted in the study was the Interpretability Hypothesis (Tsimpli 2003), a feature-based account which makes a crucial distinction between interpretable and uninterpretable features. The hypothesis of the study was that uninterpretable features (of abstract subject and object agreement) are responsible for the optionality in the gap and resumptive pronoun strategy attested in the acquisition of the aforementioned dependencies. We examined the resumptive strategy through two experimental tasks. Τhe data came from two experimental groups of intermediate and advanced Greek learners of English and was compared to the data from a control group of native English speakers. The findings of the study showed extensive optionality of the resumptive strategy among the intermediate-level learners and a significant decrease at more advanced stages of acquisition. Furthermore, the advanced learners were found to differ significantly from the native speaker group in the acceptability of resumptive pronouns. It was also found that the preference of the two learner groups for the (ungrammatical) resumptive pronoun was regulated by semantic factors (animacy of the pronoun) and structural complexity. The study also examined the acceptability/production of (ungrammatical) subject readings in clauses with a tough adjective. The high rates of non-target performance in conjunction with the results from object-gap dependencies led us to conclude that the uninterpretable subject and object agreement features were not reset even at advanced stages of learning.
Student: EVERHARD-THEOFILIDOU CAROL-JOY (2012)|
Thesis title: Degrees of autonomy in foreign language learning
Translation: Βαθμίδες αυτονομίας στην εκμάθηση ξένων γλωσσών
Supervising Committee: Sougari Areti-Maria | Athanasiadou Angeliki | Milapidis Michalis
The Assessment for Autonomy Research Project (AARP) was a five-year study related to autonomy in foreign language learning, which in this instance was English as a Foreign Language at university level. It was implemented in the School of English of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and involved the investigation of peer-assessment and self-assessment of writing and speaking skills as a means to promote greater autonomy in language learning. The study consisted of three phases: a Preliminary Study (2005-2006), the Main Study (2006-2009), and, finally, a Post-Study (2009-2010), which involved intervention in the form of training for peer-assessment. The participants, each year, were students from the Instructor-Researcher’s own two groups on the 1st year autumn semester course, Language Mastery I, which means that the cohorts used for research purposes, which were ten in total, were convenience samples. Quantitative data was gathered related to peer-, self- and instructor assessment of two writing assignments and one in-class oral presentation, prepared by students at home, so that both the assessment results and their analysis were triangulated, with assessment, in each case, being conducted using the same pre-determined criteria. Qualitative data related to assessment processes was collected by means of assessment questionnaires, with responses given on a Likert scale, which could be analysed quantitatively, while accompanying comments offered holistic insights into students’ views of learner-centred assessment. The research questions aimed to establish if learners could assess the oral and writing skills of their peers and of themselves, objectively and reliably, taking on ownership of pre-determined criteria, which they used to form judgements, in an atmosphere of cooperation and trust. These questions seemed for the most part to be satisfied, but the processes involved overcoming existing preconceptions and beliefs about learning and assessment and engaging in reflection, criterial and critical thinking. It also required that the students accept a recalibration of power over assessment and a move away from the heteronomy to which they were accustomed. Although their engagement in peer- and self-assessment processes was relatively short, using peer-assessment as a stepping-stone, learners were able to assume greater responsibility and self-direction and thus exercise a greater degree of autonomy. In this way, they developed skills which would be useful to them throughout a lifetime of living, learning, and, in most cases, language teaching.
Student: KALTSA MARIA (2012)|
Thesis title: The Acquisition of Telicity in the Native Language
Translation: Η Κατάκτηση της Τελικότητας στη Μητρική Γλώσσα
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Agathopoulou Eleni | Papadopoulou Despina
The aims of the present thesis are to review the linguistic area of aspect and telicity and to investigate the acquisition of telicity in Greek. Telicity lies at the syntax-discourse interface and it is compositionally determined by the aspectual class of the verb, morphological aspect and the presence/absence of object and particles. Aspect in Greek is a grammaticalized, interpretable feature interacting with argument structure and interpretation and is morphologically expressed in a binary way, namely perfective and imperfective. For the purposes of our research, we assumed that the mapping between syntax and arguments is mediated by grammatical aspect and we adopted an endpoint approach to telicity. According to the endpoint account, a sentence is interpreted as telic if the event is represented as having an endpoint beyond which the event cannot continue. The structures, we examined, include a specific object or goal as possible manifestations of an endpoint. The endpoint’s visibility was established within the sentence through grammatical means; that is the perfective marking of the verb makes visible the endpoint of the event, while the imperfective marking of the verb does not make visible the endpoint of the event. The thesis explores both the comprehension and expression of telicity through acquisition data on activity and motion constructions. The research questions concern (a) the development of the interaction between the verb’s aspectual marking (perfective vs. imperfective) and the presence of a complement both being used to mark telicity compositionally in adult language, and (b) the developmental difference between activities and motion verbs in the comprehension and expression of telicity (DP vs. PP complements). In the comprehension study, we tested 150 Greek-speaking monolingual children aged 5 to 8 (three age groups) and in the production study 250 children aged 5 to 10 (five age groups). 40 adults also conducted both experiments for control purposes. Due to telicity’s interface status, we expected a delay in acquisition, with grammatical aspect appearing early in development whereas telic/atelic interpretations turning adult-like quite late. We further hypothesized that the expression of telicity will be particularly problematic for motion verb constructions for our youngest participants. The results confirmed these predictions.
Student: NERANTZI MYRTO (2012)|
Thesis title: An interactional perspective on second language investigation: Practices of native/non-native conversational negotiation
Translation: Μία διαδραστική προοπτική στη διερεύνηση της δεύτερης γλώσσας: πρακτικές συνομιλιακής διαπραγμάτευσης ανάμεσα σε φυσικούς και μη φυσικούς ομιλητές/ομιλήτριες
Supervising Committee: Makri-Tsilipakou Marianthi | Boutoulousi Eleni | Chatzidaki Aspasia
This dissertation aims at a detailed and empirically verified analysis of the interactional competence displayed by Pontic-Greek immigrants from the former USSR who have not attended Modern Greek language classes. It combines two strands of the Ethnomethodological study of talk-in-interaction (Garfinkel 1967), i.e. Conversation Analysis (Sacks, Schegloff & Jefferson 1974) and Membership Categorization Analysis (Sacks 1992a, b), to analyze authentic conversational data culled from semi-/un-structured interviews with the native researcher herself. The ethnomethodological perspective is further supplemented by Contextualisation (Gumperz 1982, 1992) which studies conventionalised cues, as well as with the concept of ‘Face’ (Brown and Levinson 1987), which is equivalent to the conversation analytic notion of ‘preference’. Within this theoretical framework, the immigrants’ interactional competence is investigated as the accountable product of the co-conversationalists’ interaction –not excluding the researcher herself–, and not with reference to pre-established criteria of assessment, as instantiated in mainstream second language theories. The analysis of the non-native/native conversations show that, while grammatical deficits in the incomers’ talk do not ultimately impede the accomplishment of ‘reciprocity of perspectives’ or intersubjectivity, the incomers’ insufficient linguistic competence can affect the development of the interaction, in the form of production difficulties –occasionally making relevant the incomers’ non-nativeness as an occasioned category. Inversely, grammatically correct structures often contribute to the accomplishment of actions by the incomers which make available the co-conversationalists’ divergent and incompatible turn-taking, preference and repair organisations. When the clashes in the co-conversationalists’ orientations are not attributed to the intercultural/interlanguage character of the interaction, the incomers’ action emerges as blameworthy, which in turn contributes to their treatment as socially deficient. The particular categorisation is further reinforced through the native speaker’s curtailment of the incomers’ accountability, due to the consequentiality of the research/interview context. On these grounds, the findings point to the necessity for an interactional turn in research that deals with L2 in general, and with Modern Greek in particular, and aim to inform the (effective) design of educational and social policies.
Student: SFAKIANAKI ANNA (2012)|
Thesis title: An Acoustic Study of Coarticulation in the Speech of Greek Adults with Normal Hearing and Hearing Impairment
Translation: Ακουστική μελέτη της συνάρθρωσης στην ομιλία ελλήνων/ίδων ενηλίκων με φυσιολογική ακοή και με βαρηκοΐα-κώφωση
Supervising Committee: Nikolaidou Katerina | Okalidou Areti | Papanastasiou Ioannis
Research has shown that speech acquired in profound hearing loss presents differences on both the segmental and the suprasegmental levels compared with normal hearing speech. Recent studies focus on the dynamic aspects of hearing impaired speech, i.e., coarticulation as coproduction of gestures, but findings are variable. Although this issue has received a lot of attention in the English literature, phonetic research in Greek is still scant, this being the first study of coarticulation in Greek hearing impaired speech. The main aim of the present thesis is the acoustic exploration of (a) vowel-to-vowel and consonant-to-vowel coarticulation in degree and/or temporal extent and (b) static characteristics such as vowel space, distribution and duration of the three point vowels, in the speech of Greek young adult male and female speakers with normal hearing (NH) and hearing impairment (HI). The aforementioned dynamic and static acoustic properties are investigated in relation to certain variables, i.e., vocalic and consonantal context, stress, syllable position, as well as speaker gender and intelligibility. The speech of nine subjects with profound HI, five male and four female, and five subjects with NH, two male and three female, was analyzed acoustically by measuring formant frequencies F1 and F2 at vowel onset, midpoint and offset of the Greek point vowels [i, a, u] in disyllables of the form [pV1CV2] with consonants [p, t, s] stressed on the first or the second vowel. An additional experiment was conducted in order to rate the intelligibility of the speakers with HI. Three groups, i.e., very high, high and medium intelligibility, were formed on the basis of judgements made by 60 naive listeners with NH who rated 101 words and 25 short sentences produced by the speakers with HI. The acoustic analysis showed some similarities in vowel characteristics and coarticulatory patterns between the two hearing groups, but also revealed significant differences. Differential relative coarticulatory resistance/aggression of the segments under study was observed in HI vs. NH speech. Most importantly, predominance of the anticipatory component in coarticulation was located in alveolar contexts in HI speech. Major findings regarding acoustic characteristics include [u]-fronting, reduced vocalic contrast, higher acoustic variability and longer durations for HI vowels. Moreover, differential effect of gender and stress on the acoustic characteristics of vowels and coarticulation was found in the two groups. Findings are discussed on the basis of possible articulatory strategies adopted by the two hearing groups and are considered in light of the coproduction framework and, in particular, the Degree of Articulatory Constraint (DAC) model.
Student: TZIAFA ELENI (2012)|
Thesis title: Μελέτη της ειδικής γλώσσας του χρηματιστηρίου με βάση σώματα κειμένων και στόχο την αυτόματη μετάφραση
Translation: Study of the special language of stock market based on text corpora and aiming to automated translation
Supervising Committee: Kyriakopoulou Panagiota | Anastasiadou-Simeonidou Anna | Papachristos Georgios
This research studies a special language which includes terms used in the Greek Stock Market, aiming to their detailed description, in order to complete the morphological dictionary of stock market terms, which is incorporated in the electronic dictionary for the Modern Greek language (Kyriacopoulou, 1990).For our research we adopt the methodology of Lexicon-Grammar, as it was developed by M. Gross (1975). This methodology is based on the theoretical principles of transformational grammar as set by Z. S. Harris (1951). These are combined with the methodology of Corpus Linguistics, in order to study semantic characteristics and syntactic structures of the special language of stock market.Therefore, the result was the design and construction of the Corpus of Stock Market Texts, a specialized corpus including texts from the financial sector, concerning stock market, aiming to be as representative as possible of this special language. It consists of about 19 million words, within a period of about twelve years (1999-2011), a period marked by two major crises of the Greek economy, a stock market crisis and a debt crisis. The corpus is divided in four sub-corpora, related to certain registers.The objectives of this research include the use of the Dictionary of Stock Market Terms and the Corpus of Stock Market in systems for the automated treatment and analysis of Greek language and also in machine translation systems. The linguistic data, related to morphology and syntax, are of the proper size and quality in order to be used by computer programs for the automatic treatment of language, thanks to their formalization. The special corpus, combined with the special dictionary, as language resources, can form a basis for further research on the sector of financial language and on the study of financial texts.The design and costruction fo special language resources for a minority language such as the Greek language is considered a crucial parameter for the development of language technology. In general, the construction of electronic language resources for the Greek language could promote the introduction of the Greek language in multilingual European systems for various applications.
Student: ZAFRAKA ANASTASIA (2012)|
Thesis title: Texts in distant contexts: The Tale of Apollonius of Tyre and two late fourteenth-century variations, John Gower's Confessio Amantis and Διήγησις Πολλυπαθούς Απολλωνίου του Τύρου
Translation: Κείμενα σε μακρινά περιβάλλοντα: ο Απολλώνιος της Τύρου σε δύο διασκευές του τέλους του δεκάτου τετάρτου αιώνα, confessio amantis του John Gower και διήγησις πολλυπαθούς Απολλωνίου του Τύρου
Supervising Committee: Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin | Krontiri Tina | Litsardaki Maria
The Tale of Apollonius of Tyre was an extremely popular narrative during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It was repeatedly copied in its original Latin form and was translated and adapted numerous times in many European languages. The present thesis examines two of these adaptations, which were written in very distant environments towards the end of the fourteenth century: the English version in John Gower's Confessio Amantis and the Greek Diegesis Pollypathous Apolloniou tou Tyrou. The thesis explores the innovations that were inserted by each writer, by comparing the two texts with their immediate sources, and proceeds in examining the relationship between these innovations with the context of each adaptation. The story is the same in the two versions, but the text is quite different: the English variation is characteristic of courtly literature, and the author connects it to his own political and philosophical interests. The Greek version is heavily Christianized, and takes the form of a parable. The thesis expands the pre-existing research by comparing closely the two adaptations with their immediate sources, as well as with the ancient Latin text. Though previous studiescontain useful elements about the relationship of these texts with their respective sources, acloser comparison, which is a significant part of this study, aims at bringing out thedifferences between the adaptations, in order to examine how these texts have beeninfluenced by their contexts. This relationship between text and context is the mainfocus of this thesis: the backgrounds of the English and the Greek adaptations areavailable through historical sources on Gower and on Cyprus, but here they are seenin conjunction with the innovations that each adapter inserted in his text. The theoretical background of this approach lies in the concepts of New Historicism: the thesis examines the cultural and literary “currency” that is passed between the writer and his/her contemporaries (according to Stephen Greenblatt), or the “historicity” of the text (as Louis Montrose terms it).
Student: ANASTASIADOU ALEXANDRA (2011)|
Thesis title: Implementing the process writing approach in the English language classroom: An innovation for the development of young learners' writing skills in the Greek state primary school
Translation: Εφαρμογή της προσέγγισης "έμφαση στη διαδικασία παραγωγής γραπτού λόγου" στο μάθημα των αγγλικών: Μιά καινοτομία για την ανάπτυξη της ικανότητας παραγωγής γραπτού λόγου των νεαρών μαθητών στο ελληνικό δημόσιο δημοτικό σχολείο
Supervising Committee: Sougari Areti-Maria | Antonopoulou Niovi | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate whether the process writing (White & Arndt, 1991) approach to teaching writing, which focuses on the process rather than the product of writing, can enable young learners of the sixth grade of the Greek state primary schools to become independent writers in their L2. The present research was conducted in two state schools in a town in northern Greece during the school year 2007- 2008, addressing the main hypothesis: The process approach to writing helps sixth grade students of the Greek state primary schools develop their writing skills in English. To this end, two experimental and two control groups were randomly chosen in the two participating schools. The students’ level was specified through the Oxford Quick Placement test, which is a standardised test, and a pre-test defined their original writing performance, while a post-test detected their writing attainment at the end of the study. A questionnaire was administered to students in the beginning and the end of the research to trace their attitudes towards writing at the entry point and explore any alteration of stances after the study. The control group followed the materials assigned by the Ministry of Education for this grade, whereas the experimental group members attended a supplementary writing syllabus designed by the researcher under the philosophy of process writing. The results indicated that the present research verified the aforementioned hypothesis that the process approach to writing aids sixth grade students of the Greek state primary schools to develop their writing skills in English. To be more specific, the term writing skills is used to imply both the students’ writing proficiency and their attitudes to writing. A significant implication for teaching writing is that a meaningful, encouraging framework can support the students of this level whose linguistic resources are still limited, since it instills favourable attitudes towards writing. The thesis concludes with recommendations based on the findings and suggestions for future research.
Student: ASPROUDI EVANGELIA (2011)|
Thesis title: Comprehension and Production of Wh-Interrogatives in the L1 Acquisition of Greek
Translation: Κατανόηση και παραγωγή ερωτηματικών προτάσεων στην ανάπτυξη της ελληνικής ως μητρικής γλώσσας
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Agathopoulou Eleni | Varlokosta Spiridoula
The general aim of this dissertation is to investigate the acquisition of wh-interrogatives in L1 Greek by typically developing children. More concretely, comprehension and production of wh-interrogatives is examined with respect to four fundamental questions on children’s sensitivity to long-distance movement constraints, to PF/LF discrepancy reduction, to locality considerations and to economy-based parsing. All these questions are addressed mainly on the basis of the following conditions: short-/long- distance extraction, presence or absence of wh-islands/negation/Discourse-linking, and presence of complementiser ‘oti’ vs. ‘na’. In order to test the Greek-specific predictions made in relation to the fundamental questions outlined above, ninety 4-to-7 year-old Greek children participated in a series of comprehension and production experiments. The analysis of their results aims at comparisons between question comprehension and production, as well as between short- and long- distance question production. These comparisons are drawn both at an intralinguistic and at a crosslinguistic level, with the ultimate goal of gaining deeper insight into the acquisition of wh-movement. Overall, the obtained results provide evidence for the availability of successive cyclicity and for sensitivity to wh- and negative islands, for convergence of PF and LF representations, for early preference for maximally local movement and, finally, for the operation of economy-based parsing principles. On the whole, all the patterns observed point to a UG-compatible linguistic behaviour and thus attest for a continuity account of language acquisition. Maturation seems to pertain to children’s processing ability and more prominently at the level of meaning rather than at the level of form.
Student: AVGERINOU DESPINA (2011)|
Thesis title: The effect of L2 in the development of L3
Translation: Η επίδραση της δεύτερης γλώσσας στην ανάπτυξη της τρίτης
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Antonopoulou Niovi | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki
This study investigates third language acquisition of articles and object pronouns in English L3 by successive bilingual speakers of Turkish L1/Greek L2. This group of speakers is compared to monolingual speakers of Greek L1 learning English as an L2. The level of proficiency in English for both groups is Lower Intermediate. Additionally, a pilot group of Greek L1 and Turkish L1/Greek L2 speakers of English at an Intermediate level is examined in the same phenomena. The population comprising the participants in this study are secondary school students in the region of Evros, Greece, who attended English language classes taught by the author of this dissertation. At the time when data collection for this study commenced (i.e. 2004), the acquisition of English articles as an L2 had already received a lot of attention but L3 acquisition of the same category was a relatively under-explored area. Therefore, its investigation would produce results touching upon a novel area of research. However, the most deciding factor regarding the selection of the particular categories for this study was the typological distance between Turkish and Greek/English with respect to the article system as well as the licencing of (pronominal) object drop. At the same time, as both articles and pronouns are considered to be D-elements, their developmental course in the speakers’ IL would be of particular interest. For this purpose, 3 different types of oral tasks were administered, which revealed that exposure to Greek L2 exerted considerable influence in the development of a D representation as regards the acquisition on articles in English L3. However, such a claim cannot hold for the development of object pronouns in English, which seems to follow a rather asymmetrical path.
Student: JOVANOV NATASA (2011)|
Thesis title: A morpho-syntactic study of patients with Broca’s aphasia: a comparative study of Serbian- and Greek-speaking patients
Translation: Μορφοσυντακτική μελέτη των ασθενών με αφασία του Broca: συγκριτική μελέτη ανάμεσά σε σερβόφωνους και ελληνόφωνους ασθενείς
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Anastasiadi-Simeonidi Anna | Kyrana Tsapkini
The general goal of this dissertation is to investigate four basic effects (word order, morphological, language and task effects) on the different grammatical phenomena in both morphologically rich languages, Serbian and Greek in order to determine the level to which the comprehension and the production is impaired in agrammatism. The data presented in the thesis is drawn from the study of five non-fluent aphasics, three native speakers of Serbian and two native speakers of Greek language. More specifically, in order to investigate agrammatic comprehension of thematic roles and patients’ ability to use morphological cues in both canonical (SVO) and non-canonical (OVS) word order, a sentence picture matching test with orally presented dislocation, focus and restrictive relative constructions was used. The results of this test indicated generally above chance performance on constructions in canonical (SVO) order by both Greek- and Serbian-speaking agrammatics. Nevertheless, a better performance of Greek aphasics in both Focus and object relative constructions, has been also found. On the other hand, a prompted act out test aimed to investigate the effect of movements in both discourse-linked and non-discourse linked wh-questions. Results of this task revealed an above chance performance on canonical wh-questions, which were understood much better than non-canonical equivalents in both language groups (similar results were found in Hickok & Avrutin, 1996; Avrutin, 2000; Salis & Edwards, 2005 by English-speaking agrammatics). The second experiment is comprised by two tests, a grammaticality judgment and a sentence repetition task, which aimed to examine whether agrammatics both comprehend and produce case markers and subject-verb agreement in both grammatical and ungrammatical sentences and whether they comprehend and produce equally well canonical (SVO) and non-canonical (VOS) word order combining syntactic cues with morphological ones. Results of this experiment revealed generally above chance performance in grammaticality judgment by both language groups; patients also showed that they retain the ability to recognize S-V agreement (similar to Friedman's study on Hebrew and Arabic, 2003 and Varlokosta’s et. al., 2006 and Nannousi’s et al., 2006 studies on Greek) and/or case marking errors. On the other hand, a drop of performance in a sentence repetition task has been found; patients confront great difficulties especially in the repetition of ungrammatical constructions. It also must be emphasized that patients of both language groups performed significantly better on SVO than on VOS clauses (in line with Friedman et al.’s results, 2001).These results suggest that although both Greek and Serbian are highly inflected languages, sentence comprehension and production of non-canonical word orders (OVS and VOS respectively) was relatively impaired and, in this respect, similar to the performance of aphasic patients, native speakers of English language. Furthermore, a better performance in some of the non-canonical structures (e.g. focus and object relatives) in the results of Greek-speaking patients indicates that agrammatics of this language group managed to use some of the morphological cues in non-canonical word order in contrast to their Serbian-speaking counterparts.
Student: KALAITZIDOU SYMELA-MARIA (2011)|
Thesis title: Displacement phenomena in L1 Greek: A study of comprehension
Translation: Η απόκτηση δομών μετατόπισης στην ελληνική ως μητρική γλώσσα: δεδομένα από τη διαδικασία της κατανόησης
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Roussou Anna | Kakouriotis Athanasios
The aim of the present thesis was to examine the development in child Greek comprehension of left-periphery (wh-, focus, clitic left dislocation and restrictive relative clause structures), as well as lexicon-syntax interface (non-active morphology and adjectival passives). The results have generally revealed a developmental pattern across constructions starting from Group 2 (3;7- 4;6 years) in verification of the Experimental hypothesis, which claims that child grammar is UG-constrained and children are based on adult mechanisms for their sentence parsing (Modularity matching model- Crain & Thornton 1998). Still, the oldest Group (5;7;6;6) has reached the adult standard only in the Truth Value Judgement task in all constructions but wh- and adjectival passive ones, revealing task effects. We also checked whether anyone or all of the structures affecting the left-periphery pose greater syntactic difficulty than the lexicon-syntax interface ones and found out that the latter structures are indeed considered easier than left-periphery ones that clearly involve operator movement at the level of syntax/ LF (Tsimpli 1990, 1995, 1998, 1999). Then we searched for differences in child parsing of wh-, focus, clitic left dislocation and restrictive relative clause structures per age group and saw that all left periphery constructions are parsed alike but in the Questions-after-stories/ Picture Selection Tasks, where the difficulty of foci and restrictive relative clauses over the rest of the constructions is a matter of task effect. Similarly, we examined whether syntactically- derived non-active morphology differs from lexical adjectival passives and found out that since they co-occur in child comprehension, children must become aware of the morpho-syntactic properties of Voice very early (Borer 2004 and Tsimpli 2006, vs. Borer & Wexler 1987, 1992- Maturation hypotheses). Furthermore, we looked for possible differences between the grammatical reflexive/ passive readings of non-active morphology and their absence plus the fact that the ungrammatical active reading appears only in the first two Groups show that child grammar is initially unconstrained by lexicon/ pragmatics (Borer 2004 and Tsimpli 2006), while child preference for either grammatical option is influenced by pragmatics and the actual verbs tested. A final aim of this study was to investigate what happens with the grammatical readings developmentally; it was revealed that it is Group 2 (3;7-4;6) that begins to assign them systematically, the oldest children having reached the adult standard only in the Truth Value Judgement task.
Student: KOSTOPOULOU-DIGKA LOUKIA (2011)|
Thesis title: Η προβληματική της μετάφρασης στον υποτιτλισμό: Ανάλυση μεταφραστικών τεχνικών και εφαρμογές στη διδακτική των γλωσσών
Translation: The problematics of translation in subtitling: analysis of translation techniques and applications in language teaching
Supervising Committee: Nenopoulou-Drosou Antonia | Grammenidis Simeon | Kokonis Michalis
The aim of the present thesis was the study of translation problems in film subtitling. I examined translation problems focusing on problems that arise when translating swear words and humorous elements in films. Then I analysed the translation techniques for coping with these problems. Furthermore, I presented the language functions of swear words in films and I analysed how these functions have an impact on their translation. This research used the Descriptive Translation Studies’ framework and my corpus consisted of 17 English and French films. I also examined the usefulness of interlingual subtitling in language learning and teaching and I presented the results of a pilot research and a research with a questionnaire in this field. From the results I can conclude that the main translation technique is that of maintaining swear words and humorous elements in films and that subtitling can be very useful in boosting certain language skills.
Student: PATRONA THEODORA (2011)|
Thesis title: Novels of Return: Ethnic Space in Contemporary Greek-American and Italian-American Literature
Translation: Μυθιστορήματα επιστροφής: εθνοτικός χώρος στη σύγχρονη ελληνοαμερικανική και ιταλοαμερικανική λογοτεχνία
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Giorgos | Theodosiadou Youli | Kontos Nikos
The present thesis consists a comparative approach to six Italian-American and Greek-American literary works written in the three last decades of the 20th century. Based on the common theme of the authors' return, either metaphorical or literal to the country of origin and its culture, "Novels of Return" explores the common motifs of mythology, ritual and storytelling where the mostly third generation writers resort to in their quest for self-definition. With geographical proximity, common historical and cultural background in the old countries, Greece and Italy, and a similar reception in the new world facilitating a comparative approach, the ethnic writers of the two literatures , as it is proved, adopt a post-colonialist perception of ethnic space as a site of resilience and empowerment.
Student: POULIOS APOSTOLOS (2011)|
Thesis title: The Construction of Age Identities in Everyday Talk: The Case of the Elderly
Translation: Η κατασκευή ηλικιακών ταυτοτήτων στον καθημερινό λόγο: η περίπτωση των ηλικιωμένων ατόμων
Supervising Committee: Makri-Tsilipakou Marianthi | Kontos Nikos | Valiouli Mαρία
This dissertation examines the methodic construction of the social identity old person in everyday talk. It combines two strands of the Ethnomethodological study of talk-in-interaction (Garfinkel 1967), i.e. Conversation Analysis (Sacks, Schegloff and Jefferson 1974) and, especially, Membership Categorization Analysis (Sacks 1992a, b), to analyze authentic conversational data culled from both everyday encounters and television programmes. The ethnomethodological perspective is further supplemented by Communication Accommodation Theory (Coupland, Coupland and Giles 1991), which has also concerned itself with the study of identity and ageing, as well as the concept of ‘face’ (Brown and Levinson 1987), which is equivalent to the conversation analytic notion of ‘preference’. Within this theoretical framework, identity is seen as indexical and occasioned, rather than as being a person’s essence. Depending on the interactional circumstances, the elderly and middle-aged members employ various methods in their attempt to construct an age identity: they claim, denounce or change membership in the categories of old/middle-aged/older person and the accompanying activities/attributes bound to them; they tell or refuse to tell their chronological age; they embark on age related troubles-telling and storytelling. The pay-offs might be different, but each time, the relevance of any age identity ultimately rests with the participants to a situated interaction, who may either ratify or resist it through their interactional moves. In any case, both speakers’ and recipients’ methods are inevitably informed by broad sociocultural considerations, and especially ageist stereotypes and expectations.
Student: TSIARTSIONI ELENI (2011)|
Thesis title: The Acquisition of Speech Rhythm and Stop Voicing by Greek Learners of English: A Pedagogical and Linguistic Approach
Translation: Η κατάκτηση του ρυθμού ομιλίας και του συστήματοε κλειστών συμφώνων από Έλληνες μαθητές της αγγλικής: μια παιδαγωγική και γλωσσολογική προσέγγιση
Supervising Committee: Nikolaidou Katerina | Matthaioudaki Marina | Nakas Christos
The aim of the present study is to investigate the production of L2 speech rhythm and selected features of the stop voicing system among Greek learners of English before and after pronunciation teaching intervention that occurs in a foreign formal language context of acquisition. For the purposes of the present study two groups of speakers were examined, an experimental group who received pronunciation teaching intervention and a control group, who followed the regular classes at school without special pronunciation teaching intervention. Each group comprised students of three different ages (10-, 13- and 16-years old) in order to investigate the potential role of learners’ age in relation to L2 phonological acquisition. Data on L1 Greek and English were also obtained. The pronunciation teaching included 51 pronunciation mini-lessons embedded in the regular English language course, following the methodology of Celce-Murcia, Brinton and Goodwin (1996), who proposed five stages of pronunciation teaching that range from controlled to free activities. Rhythm was quantified with the use of the PVI measure (Low, Grabe and Nolan 2000, Grabe and Low 2002), which examines the vocalic and intervocalic duration variability in a long stretch of speech. The acquisition of the durational correlates of voicing was measured with the use of waveform and spectrographic analysis of features in word initial and final stops. The results indicated that, generally before teaching, speakers resorted to L1 interference or to universal tendencies of language. After teaching a change was reported for speakers of the experimental, but not of the control groups. Great inter- and intra-speaker variability was reported, especially after instruction. Generally, improvement was found for the experimental groups, however, systematic target-like production was difficult to achieve. Also no clear global effect of learners’ age was reported. A detailed analysis of the possible constraints in pronunciation accuracy, as well as the pedagogical implications of the findings are presented. The results are evaluated in relation to theoretical frameworks of L2 phonological acquisition.
Student: VRETTOU ATHINA (2011)|
Thesis title: Patterns of language learning strategy use by Greek-speaking young learners of English
Translation: Μοτίβα χρήσης γλωσσικών στρατηγικών μάθησης από ελληνόφωνους νεαρούς μαθητές της αγγλικής γλώσσας
Supervising Committee: Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Matthaioudaki Marina | Sougari Areti
The present study seeks to explore patterns of reported language learning strategy use by EFL Greek-speaking 6th-graders in elementary school in relation to their language proficiency level, motivation to learn English, and gender. The main hypothesis posits that all the three variables exert influence on the strategy deployment of those learners. The aim is to pinpoint those strategies which differentiate higher- from lower-proficiency students and utilize that knowledge in order to enrich learners’ strategic ways and enhance their achievement in the target language. Both a quantitative and a qualitative approach were adopted with an entire sample of 763 participants in twenty-seven elementary schools in the city of Thessaloniki. The elicitation tools used were a background questionnaire where motivation to learn English was recorded on the basis of Gardner’s (2001) socio-educational model, a strategy questionnaire adapted from Oxford’s (1990) Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) so that it could best be suited for the needs of the young learners, and the Quick Placement Test (UCLES 2001) for a valid measurement of proficiency. Pilot testing prior to the study led to the final formulation of the strategy questionnaire. All the results confirmed the main hypothesis of the study. More specifically, proficiency level influenced about half of the strategy items on the adapted SILL while motivation to learn English had an overwhelming impact on three quarters of the strategy items. Females exceeded males in the reported use of cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and social strategies exhibiting earlier biological, affective, and social maturity as well as higher motivation. Analysis of the short and long interviews corroborated the quantitative results and led to the portrayal of the “very successful learner”, whose lower intermediate level is regarded as exceptional, distinguishing him/her from the lower levels. Finally, important pedagogical recommendations are made for the English classroom towards particular strategy training intervention, and directions for future research are rendered.
Student: BARTZOKAS CHRYSOVALANTIS (2010)|
Thesis title: Causality and connectives: A study on Modern Greek γiati and epeiδi
Translation: Αιτιότητα και σύνδεσμοι: μελέτη περί των συνδέσμων ‘γιατί’ και ‘επειδή’ στη Νέα Ελληνική
Supervising Committee: Koutoupi-Kiti Elisavet | Ifantidou Elli | Veloudis Ioannis
The current thesis undertakes a pragmatic exploration of the finely-grained distinctions in meaning between the two prototypical causal subordinators in Modern Greek with the widest range of application in discourse: 'γiati' and 'epeiδi'. By way of reaction to the problems besetting the implementation of the Gricean model of meaning analysis in the causal investigation conducted and, also, in acknowledgment of the requirement for a more cognitively realistic orientation of pragmatic analysis, an alternative view is offered in terms of the versatile, as it turns out, methodological apparatus that relevance theory seems to afford in the interest of detailed descriptions of meaning. The present description of causal meaning relies on the major distinction in interpretation that has been designed in this framework as a point of reference in classifications of discourse markers, i.e. conceptual vs. procedural encoding, and has been regularly employed in this direction in the relevant literature. In this line of argumentation, it is shown that, contrary to expectations based on first impressions, the two connectives under scrutiny are not interchangeable in context. Rather, it transpires from a range of contextual uses that 'epeiδi' represents the marker of causality par excellence encoding conceptual relations between propositionally explicit clauses, while 'γiati' serves as a multi-functional marker that can act either conceptually or procedurally, though in mutually exclusive terms.
Student: CHARALAMPOPOULOU AIKATERINI (2010)|
Thesis title: A principled polysemy approach as an alternative to the conceptual metaphor theory for the study of time in Greek
Supervising Committee: Athanasiadou Angeliki | Nikiforidou Vasiliki | Tsochatzidis Savvas
Student: FOTIADOU GEORGIA (2010)|
Thesis title: Voice Morphology and Transitivity Alternations in Greek: Evidence from Corpora and Psycholinguistic Experiments
Translation: Η μορφολογία της φωνής και οι αλλαγές στην μεταβατικότητα στα ελληνικά: έλεγχος σε σώματα κειμένων και ψυχογλωσσολογικά πειράματα
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Rousou Anna | Anastasiadi-Simeonidi Anna
The aim of this thesis is to address two questions related to the role of frequency on a) sentence processing and b) language acquisition. Frequency is measured with respect to the phenomenon of transitivity alternations in Greek, which may or may not involve morphological changes of Voice marking on the verb. Regarding sentence processing, the question is whether the processing strategies involved in the disambiguation of temporarily ambiguous information are driven by the frequency of each of the available choices in the input. Regarding language acquisition the question is whether the developmental pattern of linguistic phenomena whose interpretation is underspecified by the grammar can be exclusively attributed to input frequency. The first question was addressed through the investigation of ‘voice alternating’ and ‘voice non-alternating’ anti-causative verbs. The two classes differ in the availability and lack thereof of Voice alternation on the verb when this appears in an intransitive structure (anti-causative, passive, reflexive). The accessibility of interpretations was measured with an on-line self-paced reading as well as an acceptability judgment tasks addressed to monolingual adult speakers of Greek. The possible correlation between the frequency of the available readings that specific verbs receive in formal and informal written corpora (ILSP-Web) with the on-line data were compared in order to investigate whether processing load is affected by statistical records in the parser. As an alternative, grammar-based, explanation of the psycholinguistic data obtained from the on-line task, the variables of distinctions between active and non-active voice and [+/-animacy] of the sentence subject, as well as their potential interaction were examined. The results from the on-line processing study indicated that the parser is sensitive to morphological cues such as Voice marking (ACT/NACT) on the verb, while semantic factors such as animacy are integrated in subsequent stages of processing. In accordance with ‘coarse-grained’ models of sentence processing, a frequency effect was found, while predictions in line with more ‘fine-grained’ models of sentence processing could not be validated with respect to frequency alone. On the other hand, results from the acceptability judgment task showed that the final interpretation attributed to the verbs investigated often correlated with the most frequently used structures in the corpora. The second question was addressed through the investigation of ‘voice (non)-alternating anti-causatives’, ‘reflexives’ and ‘activity predicates’. The frequency of the available readings that these verbs receive in formal and informal written corpora (ILSP-Web) were compared with the preferred readings of three age-groups of Greek L1 children and an adult control group in order to investigate whether development of transitivity alternations is determined by frequency of exposure alone, or alternatively, voice morphology in combination with subject animacy are relevant. The results indicated that while the adult control group provided answers consistent with the most frequent readings in the corpora, child groups approximated adult responses and frequency data in very few occasions. All child groups were sensitive to voice morphological marking, even if not completely mastered, and to the property of [+/-animacy] of the syntactic subject. Overall, child groups’ performance provided evidence in support of the claim that children have abstract knowledge of syntactic structures and transitivity alternations from an early age, while lack of sufficient exposure to specific verb uses in pragmatically biasing contexts leads to non-adult-like overall performance.
Student: KATSIKA KALLIOPI (2010)|
Thesis title: Sentence Processing Strategies in Adults and Children: PP attachment in corpora and psycholinguistic experiments
Translation: Στρατηγικές επεξεργασίας λόγου παιδιών και ενηλίκων: οι προθέσεις σε σώματα κειμένων και σε ψυχογλωσσικά πειράματα
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Papadopoulou Despina | Ralli Angeliki
The main aim of this thesis is to investigate the extent to which frequency, lexical, and language-specific grammatical factors affect Greek native speakers’ online attachment decisions for temporary ambiguous prepositional phrases. An analysis of a written corpus sample (Institute for Language and Speech Processing corpus) and a sample of spoken language was conducted in order to assess the frequency of PP attachment in V-NP-PP structures. The corpus data were analysed on two levels (coarse grained vs. fine grained) in order to test the predictions of the Tuning Hypothesis (Mitchell, Cuetos, Corley & Brysbaert, 1995) which predicts that the parser is expected to be “tuned” only to syntactic category (coarse-grained) information during on-line sentence comprehension. The analysis of the corpus data on a level at which only sentences with the prepositions me, se, apo and ja were taken into account, allowed us to investigate whether the corpus frequency patterns are reflected on native Greek speakers’ online parsing preferences on a more fine-grained level of analysis. In addition, the fine-grained corpus analysis included an examination of whether Definiteness Agreement in Greek extends to complex object DPs with prepositions me, se, apo and ja (see Stavrou & Tsimpli, 2009). Three groups of participants were recruited for the psycholinguistic tasks of the present study: two groups of monolingual Greek adults and a group of native Greek 11- to 12-year old children. The first group of adults conducted an off-line acceptability task including sentences in which PPs were either forced towards VP or NP attachment. The results indicated that acceptability ratings differed depending on the lexical choice of Ps. The results of the second task, an online SPR task verified the results of the acceptability to a large extent. In addition, the analysis of participants’ mean reading times indicated that definiteness agreement had an effect on online processing but it largely depended on the choice of the preposition. The investigation of children’s online parsing preferences revealed that children at the age of 11 to 12 employ essentially the same parsing strategies as adults but are less sensitive to lexical information than adults. Taken together, the results of the corpus analyses and the psycholinguistic data indicate that there is a hierarchy of lexicality among the prepositions me, se, apo and ja and that, although there is a degree of correspondence between frequency counts and attachment decisions (on a coarse-grained level), frequency alone cannot account for native Greek speakers’ parsing preferences.
Student: PERISTERI ELENI (2010)|
Thesis title: Exploring the Discourse-Syntax and the Lexicon-Syntax Interfaces in Language Pathology: Evidence from Broca's Aphasia
Translation: Η διερεύνηση των διεπιπέδων πραγματολογίας-σύνταξης και λεξικού-σύνταξης στα πλαίσια της γλωσσικής παθολογίας: πειραματικά δεδομένα από την αφασία τύπου Μπροκά
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Tsapkini Kirana | Varlokosta Spiridoula
The present thesis is an examination of eight Greek-speaking aphasic speakers with non-fluent speech following a focal lesion or a haemorrhagic episode in the left hemisphere. Our study re-examines the notoriously problematic competence-performance issue from a novel perspective that focuses on the agrammatic processing of the interfaces. Thus, the explanatory framework we adopt considers the language faculty to incorporate interfaces between distinct components of the grammar, so that agrammatic deficit may not be strictly localized on the subcomponents of the syntax, the morphology, or the lexicon. A series of both on-line and off-line experiments was run across both the comprehension and the production modality, with the aim of circumventing processing to linguistic structures conditioned at the discourse-syntax and the lexicon-syntax interface. More specifically, the aphasic group (along with the fifteen language-unimpaired control subjects matched with the aphasic patients along age and educational level) were administered two on-line tests checking the interpretation of null and overt subject pronouns in referentially ambiguous intra- and inter-sentential contexts, as well as a sentence-picture matching, an elicitation, a repetition, and a cross-modal lexical priming task checking the production and processing of reflexive, transitive and (both active and non-active) anti-causative verbs in Greek. The results of these experiments show selective difficulty (i) with the integration of discourse information regulating the interpretation of the overt subject pronoun, and (ii) with accessing lexicon-filtered information regulating the anti-causative sub-categorization of active intransitive verbs. The data also reveals the extensive use of compensatory and heuristic strategies on behalf of both the controls and especially the eight aphasic patients, primarily aiming at offsetting the computational cost under deep processing conditions. The parsing preference of subject prominence, the non-active morpheme serving as a cue to transitivity changes in verbs, and animacy heuristics were among the most popular parsing strategies found to be employed during off-line and (mainly) on-line sentence processing. We speculate on these findings in terms of both performance (vs. competence) limitations related to the properties of interface-conditioned information, as well as a conceptualization of Broca’s aphasia through both linguistic and cognitive/executive dysfunctions.
Student: PRENTZA ALEXANDRA (2010)|
Thesis title: Feature Interpretability in Second Language Acquisition: Evidence from the Null Subject Parameter in the Greek/English Interlanguage
Translation: Η ερμηνευσιμότητα των χαρακτηριστικών στη διαδικασία απόκτησης δεύτερης γλώσσας: αποδείξεις από την παράμετρο του κενού υποκειμένου στην ελληνική / αγγλική διαγλώσσα
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi Maria | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Roussou Anna
The aim of this dissertation is to evaluate the role of interpretable and uninterpretable features in second language acquisition targeting the Null Subject Parameter in the Greek/English interlanguage. This study allowed us to explore the source of optionality which characterizes the process of second language acquisition. To this end, semantically uninterpretable features involved in null, postverbal and that-t structures were investigated and the compensatory role of features interpretable both at the levels of Logical Form and Phonetic Form was examined. The semantically interpretable features studied were Referentiality and Definiteness on subjects, Predicate Type, as well as Animacy and Discourse-linking on wh-pronouns. On the other hand, Clausal Length and the constraint for No-Verb-Initial English clauses comprised the set of features interpretable at the level of Phonetic Form. Results from one judgement and two production English tasks as well as from a Greek anaphora resolution test suggested that uninterpretable formal features cause learnability problems even at advanced stages of proficiency, the result being that the abstract properties of subject-verb agreement in Greek are transferred in the Greek/English interlanguage. Crucially though, the effects of no-parameter resetting appear to be scattered in the Greek/English interlanguage in the sense that expletive null subject structures and existential postverbal structures (There-VS) were found to be more problematic for Greek learners than referential null subject structures and postverbal subject permutations respectively. With respect to interpretable features, the study suggested that they have an alleviating role improving learner target-deviant performance in a superficial, yet systematic way. Based on the above, it was concluded that the variability attested in second language acquisition is constrained and stems from the vulnerability of formal uninterpretable features as opposed to the availability of the interpretable ones.
Student: ZAFEIRIADOU KATIFENIA (2010)|
Thesis title: Event Structure: an Instantiation with Από
Translation: Δομή του συμβάντος: να παράδειγμα με την Από
Supervising Committee: Koutoupi-Kiti Elisavet | Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Tsochatzidis Savas
A minimalistic semantic model is offered for apo, a preposition which has traditionally been treated as an instance of polysemy. Further, its role (either internal or external) in relation to a Motion Event is specified.
Student: ILIOPOULOU KONSTANTINA (2009)|
Thesis title: Η αξιολόγηση των γραπτών γλωσσικών δοκιμασιών των αλλόγλωσσων μαθητών της δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης στο μάθημα της Νέας Ελληνικής Γλώσσας
Translation: Assessing writing essays of students learnign greek as a second foreign languages in greek education
Supervising Committee: Antonopoulou-Tryfona Angeliki-Niovi | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Agathopoulou Eleni
The present phd aims at assessing the students learning greek as a second language on a more subjective basis. Essays of the above students and greek students as well were assessed according to a certain model. According to the results the foreign students have a lot of difficulties learning greek even 5 years after they learn greek, make in any category more errors than the greek students. The proposed model is in any case more reliable, subjective and valid than the existing one in Greek secondary education.
Student: KOUSTINOUDI ANNA (2009)|
Thesis title: The split subject of narration in Elizabeth Gaskell's first-person fiction
Translation: Το διχασμένο αφηγηματικό υποκείμενο στα πρωτοπρόσωπα έργα της Ελίζαμπεθ Γκάσκελ
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Douka-Kampitoglou Aikaterini | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
My dissertation approaches a number of Elizabeth Gaskell's first-person works, namely, Cranford, (1853) Cousin Phillis, (1863) 'Six Weeks at Heppenheim', (1862) 'The Poor Clare' (1856) and 'The Grey Woman', (1861) through a post-modern perspective employing such theoretical frameworks as psychoanalytic theory, narratology and gender theory. It attempts to explore the problematics of Victorian subjectivity from a post-modern, to be more precise, from a Lacanian perspective. All along, I assume that the narrative subjectivity which emerges from Gaskell's texts, both as a narrating and narrated one, is split, divided and fluid rather than concrete, autonomous and whole, despite clinging to illusions of autonomy and fantasies of wholeness. This is the result of the narrating subject's misrecognition of its own subjectivity which occurs as part of the continuation or re-enactment of the prototypical encounter between the 'I and its mirror image (Which, again, is one of misrecognition and imaginary wholeness) as experienced in infancy during what Jacques Lacan has theorized as the Mirror Stage. I see it emerging, moreover, as a process in the form of a series of subject positions, imaginary identifications and psychic investments which are discursively, and hence ideologically produced by the symbolic system, rather than as an essence or stable ontological entity or substance. Although over the last two decades Elizabeth Gaskell has been established as one of the major, female, authorial figures as representative of what has come to be known as classic realism of nineteenth-century, she has seldom (if at all) been read as a writer of self-conscious fiction in the ways that some of her more acclaimed cohorts (as, for instance, Charlotte Brontλ and George Eliot) have and this is what this thesis will partly attempt to do. Despite their realistic frame of reference and mode of writing, which is generally informed by a belief in a world of consistent subjects as the origin of meaning, knowledge and action, the result of the dominant ideology of their time which is the post-Enlightment epoch of empiricism and industrial capitalism, Gaskell's first-person texts subtly, but firmly subvert such certainties in ways that point to the instability of the speaking subject itself. Hence, her narrators' splitting ambivalence is to be traced - as a branch of contemporary criticism has consistently attempted to do as regards her better known industrial fiction - even in the most realistically rendered of her narratives, thus giving credit to post-modern interpretations of subject formation. According to them, subjectivity is discursively constructed and dispersed across the range of discourses (cultural, political and economic) in which the 'concrete' individual participates. Moreover, this project is intent upon embracing the view that since the narrating subject is constructed in the realm of the symbolic order, which is also the realm of discourse, mediation and ideology, then it is also discursively constructed in ideology itself, which in a seemingly 'natural' way interpellates it also as a gendered, class-conscious and race-conscious subject, thus forcing it, through subtle coercion, to assume a predetermined set of seemingly fixed positions in a reality which is but a series of inter-subjective positions, repetitive role playing and masquerading. Narration, as the mutual interaction of both the narrator's desire to narrate and the narratee's desire for narrative, has a key role to play, of course, in the subject's 'meaningful' being, since it seems to fulfill its primordial desire for a return to origins and past traumas or as Freud would have it a 'return of the repressed' via a 'compulsion to repeat', which I see as the ultimate goal of all first-person narratives in general and Gaskell's own in particular, that of domesticating otherness and/or coming to terms with trauma by re-telling. It is in this respect that my project also argues for first-person narration as symptomatic of the desire to reconstruct the past in the 'now' of narration, a model analogous to the one we encounter in the analytic situation
Student: SIDIROPOULOU AVRA (2009)|
Thesis title: The Theatre of the Director-Auteur: Text, Form and Authorship
Translation: Το θέατρο του σκηνοθέτη-δημιουργού: το κείμενο, η μορφή και η ταυτότητά του
Supervising Committee: Sakellaridou Elisavet | Moudatsakis Tilemachos | Papandreou Nikiforos
Τhis doctoral dissertation aspires to creating a theoretical context in which to examine and accommodate the director-auteur’s contribution in the theatre, and acknowledges that text in the theatre can take as many numbers of forms as there are combinations of scenic idioms (of image, technology, sound, time and body as language). Influenced by the vision of early twentieth-century experimentalists (like Jarry, Craig, Appia, Meyerhold, Brecht), as well as by Artaud’s emphasis on physical forms of expression and Beckett’s integration of performance issues into dramatic writing, contemporary auteurs in the West have in the past four decades created fascinating amalgams of theatre, manufacturing text out of sounds, gestures and images, dethroning the verbal and rewarding the visual. Τhrough an eclectic (historical-theoretical, as well as performance-oriented) methodological approach, the dissertation examines some prominent examples of established auteur work, also foregrounding the dangers of empty Formalism. Furthermore, it addresses the issue of authorship, discussing the battle of supremacy and ownership of the text, which regularly defines the relationship between playwright and director; Similarly, it brings to the fore the Post-Structuralists’ views on the open text, and the authorial contribution of the spectator. In addition, it examines the emergence of a performance-informed new dramaturgy. On that account, it opens up the discussion on the viability of a text-less stage, proposing the reconsideration of verbal text as a necessary partner in performance.
Student: TSAMOURI ANTONIA (2009)|
Thesis title: Γράφοντας για τη Θεατρική Σκηνή και τη Μεγάλη Οθόνη: Φαινομενολογικές Αναζητήσεις στο Θεατρικό και Κινηματογραφικό Έργο του Χάρολντ Πίντερ
Translation: Writing for the stage and the screen: a phenomenological quest in Harold Pinter's theatrical and filmic work
Supervising Committee: Sakellaridou Elisavet | Vafiadou Efterpi | Kokonis Michalis
Harold Pinter's plays and screenplays are examined comparatively. Based on the theory of the phenomenology and in particular on Maurice Μerleau-Ponty (concentrating mainly on the first and foremost of his texts, the 'Phenomenolgy of Perception'). The thesis examines selected Pinterian texts, in relation to the 4 more important phenomenological concepts : time, space, subjectivity, objectivity. Concluding it states that Pinter had a phenomenological approach when writing his theatre plays and screenplays.
Student: DARAVIGKA DESPOINA (2008)|
Thesis title: Ensembles and Magmas: A Castoriadian Reading of the Detective Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe and Jorge Luis Borges
Translation: Σύνολα και μάγματα: μια καστοριαδική ανάγνωση των αστυνομικών ιστοριών του Εντγκαρ Αλλαν Πόε και του Χόρχε Λουις Μπόρχες
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Kokonis Michalis | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
My dissertation attempts a re-reading of the detective tale, in its prototypical, post-Romantic form, as created by Edgar Allan Poe in the 1840s, as well as in its metaphysical, postmodern restaging in Jorge Luis BorgesΆs work, in the 1940s, through the prism of the logic of ensembles and magmas, as defined by the philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis. More specifically, drawing on CastoriadisΆs twentieth-century critical reassessment of the philosophical and scientific delineations of Western modernity, my thesis investigates the ontological weight of the reasonerΆs attempt to rationally explain the world, by turning its components into elements of a set (that is, by identifying the properties that define a class, through the principles of identity, of non-contradiction, of the excluded term, etc), as well as the aporia triggered by the failure of the decoder to classify aspects of being governed by a non-determinable, magmatic logic. Through an interdisciplinary reading, I undertake a re-location of the aforementioned tales within the ongoing rupture brought about by the rationalization of thought, in order to demonstrate that these detective stories of the past could help us see that now, more than ever, we need to bridge the gap between science and philosophy, in an attempt to elucidate our need for explanation
Student: FYLAKTAKI PANAGIOTA (2008)|
Thesis title: Trans-Staging: Greek Theatre Translation in the Whirlwind of Politics and Culture
Translation: Μεταφράζοντας τη σκηνή: η ελληνική θεατρική μετάφραση στον ανεμοστρόβιλο της πολιτικής και πολιτιστικής πραγματικότητας
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savas | Kontos Nikos | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
The present thesis investigates the cause of drama translation in Greece (1932-2007) interwoven into the linguistic, social and theoretical changes of the period given. The analysis of the Anglophone playtexts in translation from a social studies perspective (socio-semiotic approach) and the total cataloguing and tabling of collected data features "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett as the case-study which helps us draw conclusions about the impact linguistic and extra-linguistic factors have on the translation outcome.
Student: KANARAKIS IOANNIS (2008)|
Thesis title: The Politics of Aestheticism: Pater's "Imaginative" Synthesis of Empiricism and Idealism through Heraclitus and Kant
Translation: Η πολιτική του αισθητισμού στην ύστερη βικτωριανή περίοδο
Supervising Committee: Douka-Kampitoglou Aikaterini | Ruth Parkin Gounelas | Trayiannoudi Litsa
During the last quarter of the 19th century, the profound consolidation of the Idea of evolution in the victorian imaginary, along with the spread of Hegelian historicism, gave birth to a new cultural viewpoint that strove to reconcile british empiricism and german idealism. The purpose of this study is to explore the way Pater responded to this intellectual climate trough the synthesis that the promoted between the abstract abd the concrete. My intention is to adpress Pater's model in the light of an inter-disciplinary approach, considering his hitherto unexplored relation to Heraclitean and Kantian philosophy, which comprises the core, as i argue of this program. By systemazising the philosophical and historical implications of Pater's debt to these doctrines, my approach provides a series of fresh insights, suggesting a coherent framework within which his vision can be contextualised, historicized and analysed as an attempt to realign-in the name of Heraclitean and Kantian synthesis-romanticism and contemporary science in order to achieve a form of balance between the forces of tradition and progress.
Student: SOFIANOU OLGA (2008)|
Thesis title: A Translatological Analysis of Four Greek Translations of Works by Angela Carter
Translation: Μια μεταφρασεολογική ανάλυση τεσσάρων έργων της Αντζελα Κάρτερ μεταφρασμένα στα ελληνικά
Supervising Committee: Connolly David-John | Kasapi Eleni | Kontos Nikos
Translation Studies is considered to be a relatively new area of expertise. What critics seem to agree upon is the communicative nature of translation. In this light, this work‟s major aim has been to illustrate issues regarding the Greek translations of Angela Carter‟s translated novels. During the process of the re-creation of a text in a target language, the translator holds a major role as the mediator between the source and target language cultures. The result of his/her decision-making defines the identity of the translated text within the target language literature. With regard to literary translation, complex issues arise which need to be studied in their immediate and wider contexts. These issues will be examined from a translatological point of view by focusing on the manipulation of the source texts in the target language, in order to illuminate areas of interest in the translations under study in relation to the prominent aspects of the source texts they derived from.
Student: SYROPOULOS EFANGELOS (2008)|
Thesis title: The ideology and aesthetics of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals: From the Broadway musical to the British megamusical
Translation: Η ιδεολογία η αισθητική των μιούζικαλ του Andrew Lloyd Webber: από το μιούζικαλ του Μπρόντγουει στο Βρετανικό υπερμιούζικαλ
Supervising Committee: Sakellaridou Elisavet | Parking-Gounela Ruth | Patsalidis Savas
The present study is a synchronic and diachronic analysis of the megamusical and works of Andrew Lloyd Webber in particular. It examines the ways in which the aesthetic from of the gaze reflects the current postmodern socio-economic structures. It also documents the development of musical theatre and its aesthetics form from the classic Brodway musical to the british megamusical.
Student: VARA MARIA (2008)|
Thesis title: The revenge of the Sadeian heroine: Peprising a gothic stereotype in 1970s fiction by women
Translation: Η εκδίκηση της σαδικής ηρωϊδας: μετεγγράφοντας ένα γοτθικό στερεότυπο στη γυναικεία μυθοπλασία της δεκαετίας του 1970
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Yiannopoulou Effie | Douka-Kampitoglou Aikaterini
This dissertation on 1970s fiction is characterised by a tendency to echo back and forward, back to modern history’s most revolutionary moment of the 1790s and forward to fictions and literary theories of the 1990s. It contests the common view of Anglo-American women’s fiction of the 1970s as naively and prescriptively feminist, by rereading texts excluded from the feminist canon, texts which took up the problematic motif of the Gothic heroine, or, the maiden in flight, in order to twist it to different ends. My focus is not on a Gothic staple in its well-known Raddcliffean version (“virtuous” heroines who emerge triumphant and happy after temporary misfortune) but rather on heroines first introduced in the Marquis de Sade’s Justine, whose choreographed misfortunes do not find justification through any stock happy resolution but rather leave virtue unrewarded and readers exasperated or appalled. Through their thematic and narratological heresy of reprising – more or less explicitly – the narrative agency of Justine, the texts I have chosen from the seventies “crossroads” decade of the 1970s make claims, I suggest, about power as discursively produced against the mainstream seventies feminist credos which identify the enemy as singular in form. These works also anticipate the turn of 1990s literary theory towards gender performativity and an anti-essentialist re-estimation of subjectivity as historical, situated, corporeal and in constant process. At the same time they perform a parallel enquiry into the notion of the Gothic which, in its diffuse postmodern reconfiguration, borrows (in a more self-reflexive way than it did in the past) elements surviving from other narratives, removed as far as is possible from the 1790s recipe which, Angela Wright reminds us, included “An old castle”, “A long gallery”, and “Three murdered bodies, quite fresh” – as prescribed by a voracious anonymous reader of the time. Thus, the vehicle that connects the chapters of this project is the vi Gothic heroine – at times in the guise of its fairy tale double, Beauty, or of the female victim, a vital component in the detective formula. Justine, I contend, through the centuries, in the mode of a palimpsest, continues to register that part of cultural history that takes account of the changing notions of subjectivity and agency, with contemporary Gothic encroaching on many other genres, as a result of the postmodern weakening of cultural codes and boundaries. Angela Carter’s work of the seventies informs the core of this thesis, united through the language of the Gothic with works by Patricia Highsmith, Muriel Spark, Diane Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, Elspeth Barker and Alice Thompson, authors who are rarely associated with Carter’s work. Employing a variety of theoretical frameworks, including poststructuralist feminist theory, critical narratology and recent genre theory (which sees the Gothic as a site of repetition, a counterfeit with no original, as Jerrold Hogle puts it, with links with the postmodern aesthetic), my ultimate purpose here is triple: to reread Justine as a Gothic heroine par excellence, as a French counter-Enlightenment Gothic narrative staple and as shorthand for narrative and political agency collusively rewritten by Anglo-American women in the 1970s. Although still highly controversial, these 1970s texts, I argue, have both fostered an inspired attack on passivity’s stock meaning (i.e on the glory of suffering and the sanctity of blamelessness and moral superiority), and issued an alternative to the imperative of the 1970s to depict female characters as overtly “active”, or, in other words, an alternative to the orthodoxies upheld by some of the feminisms of the time
Student: BASLI MARIA (2007)|
Thesis title: Silenced voices: Female identity in Henry James and Gregorios Xenopoulos
Translation: Αποσιωποιημένες φωνές: η γυναικεία ταυτότητα στον Χένρι Τζαίημς και τον Γρηγόριο Ξενόπουλο
Supervising Committee: Theodosiadou Georgia | Kalogeras Yiorgos | Farinou Georgia
This dissertations has attempted to trace the development of a feminist ideology in America and in Greece, during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, within the framework of specific literary texts. The local point has been the discussion of two novelists : Henry James and Gregorios Xenopoulos. Centering on the Bostonians, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Tragic Muse by H. James, and Secret Engagements, The Three-Sided Woman, and The actress's Husband not only the dominant thoughts and ideas in the two countries' societies, but also the stereotypes that directed the behavioral norms, and thus validate the place given to the novel's female protagonists by the authors. When confronted with each country's society, the heroines surrender to the dominant ideas and standards, eventhough they have demonstrated their inner forc and their ability to fight for their independence and individuality
Student: MAVROPOULOU THEODORA (2007)|
Thesis title: Οι παραστάσεις του Σαίξπηρ και οι κοινωνικές και εθνικές ζυμώσεις στην Ελλάδα (1900-1950)
Translation: The performances of Shakespeare in the context of national identity and class formation
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savas | Krontiri Stamatia | Sakellaridou Elisabeth
This thesis aims at examing the Shakespearean performances staged in Greece during the first half of the twentieth century in the context of the Greek sociopolitical background of the times: the performances are approached in the light of the processes leading to the formation of national identity and social structure. In seeking a methodology for examining the Greek paradigm it appeared that i had to deal with the nations of the bourgeois class structure and "nation" as well as with the leading role of Western European countries in their relation to Greece, a small peripheral country in search of role models(past experience of the Ottoman Empire/Western European prospect). The sociopolitical factors are being examined in parallel to the reviews of the performances and the play bills. Emphasis is also given on the text which, in the case of Shakespearean stagings in Greece, is translated. Thus, it relates to the language issue concerning the domination of "demotiki" or "katharevousa" that preoccupied Greece and in the ideological ferment concerning the formation of national and social identity. What i am suggesting is that during the first half of the twentieth century, the ruling segments of the country evoked a hegemonic vision of the English Band which was also endorsed by the larger sector of the bourgeiosie to serve individual and class interests. At the same time, the account of Shakespeare's Greek appropriations of the times is a register of the country's effort to approach the cultural practices of Europe and, thus, achieve the gradual "Europeanisation" of Greece.
Student: TOUPLIKIOTI SOFIA (2007)|
Thesis title: The teaching of the polysemous verbs 'make' and 'do' to greek learners of english: a cognitive linguistic approach
Translation: Η διδασκαλία των πολύσημων ρημάτων 'make' και 'do' στους έλληνες ομιλητές: μια γνωστική προσέγγιση
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Mattheoudakis Marina | Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria
The present thesis investigates the notion of polysemy. We test whether the cognitive-based instructional technique of metaphor awareness will differentially affect learners' ability to acquire the polysemous vebs 'make' and 'do' compared to other learners instructed in accordance with the techiques of memorization and repetion. Results from the experimental part of the study reveal the following findings : a)both techniques play a positive role in both the acquisition and retrieval of the polysemous verbs 'make' and 'do', b)the technique of metaphor awareness yields encouraging results in the field of phrasal verbs, c)the performance of both young learners and adult is conditioned to a large extent byt he variable of age.
Student: KARAGIANNIDOU ANETA (2006)|
Thesis title: Getting away with it: The erotic thriller and its fantasies
Translation: Γλυτώνοντας την τιμωρία: το ερωτικό θρίλερ και οι φαντασιώσεις του
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Kokonis Michalis | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
In my PhD thesis employing the lens of Lacanian phychoanalysis i explore the gilmic genre of the erotic thriller in relation to the fantasy-objects it produces. In the first part ofd the thesis i attempt a definition of the erotic thriller as genre. Accomodating the slipperiness of any generic delimination, i try to offer a glimpse at the thesis i set off from an image-saturated postmodern milieu to investigate the psychoanalytic frame of fantasy and the fantasizing subject/spectator. Then in the third part i explore the ways in which the erotic thriller incorporates the mechamics of the Lacanian fantasy to appeal toi spectators. Finally, i close my dissertation with a post-mortem instance of the genre : Michael Caton Jone's 2006 "Basic Instinct 2", a film whose failure i read as symptomatic of the genre's demise in the 21st century and of the film's defiance of what i have defined as the erotic thriller fantasy-directives.
Student: MASTROPAVLOU MARIA (2006)|
Thesis title: The Role of Phonological Salience and Feature Interpretability in the Grammar of Typically Developing and Language Impaired Children
Translation: Ο ρόλος της μορφοφωνολογίας και η ερμηνευσιμόττα των χαρακτηριστικών στη γραμματική φυσιολογικών παιδιών και παιδιών με γλωσσική δυσφασία
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Rousou Anna | Terzi Archonto
The aim of this thesis is to address two fundamental questions related to the nature of specific language impairment: first, is the locus of the problem in the representation of formal features and what is it that renders them inaccessible to SLI children? And second, does language development in SLI deviate from typical language acquisition in such a way that we can talk about language impairment rather than language delay? Three groups of children were recruited: an experimental group of ten children with specific language impairment, aged between 4;2 and 5;9, and two control groups selected based on chronological age (age-matched) and language development (language-matched). The three groups were administered a number of speech elicitation tests, aiming at the investigation of the formal features of tense in the verbal domain, gender, case and number in the nominal domain. Specifically, the effect of feature interpretability - both LF and PF - on the children's performance was explored, while performance differences between the SLI and the two control groups were analysed with respect to the delay/deviance question. The results indicated that LF uninterpretable features like tense and case cause greater difficulties to SLI children than number, an LF interpretable feature. Gender, a lexical/intrinsic feature, seems to be highly accessible to these children, who did not exhibit any notable difficulties. Furthermore, PF interpretability presented strong effects in the SLI children's performance in tense marking, a pattern that was not observed in neither of the two control groups' results. These results suggest that LF interpretability determines the extent to which formal features are accessible to SLI grammars, while PF interpretability constitutes a means of compensation for an underlying morphological deficit. Detailed analyses of the children's error patterns indicated that SLI children have reduced skills of acquiring morphological features and depend on information available on a semantic, lexical or phonological level to a greater extent than unaffected children do. Finally, it is claimed that specific language impairment impedes on the acquisition of the morphological expression of formal features rather than their abstract representation, while the different error patterns exhibited by the language-impaired group compared to the two control groups indicate deviant rather than delayed development.
Student: PAPASTATHI MARIA (2006)|
Thesis title: Οι μεσοπαθητικές δομές στη νέα ελληνική και αγγλική: μια συγκριτική μελέτη
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Sifaki Melita | Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki
Student: ARAPOGLOU ELEFTHERIA (2005)|
Thesis title: Mapping Literary Identities: Space Trans-actions and Inter-actions in the Works of Mark Twain, Henry James, and Demetra Vaka Brown
Translation: Χαρτογραφώντας λογοτεχνικές ταυτότητες: συν-αλλαγές και αλληλεπι-δράσεις στο χώρο όπως αυτές εμφανίζονται στα έργα των Μαρκ Τουέϊν, Χένρι Τζέϊμς και Δήμητρας Βάκα Μπράουν
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Georgios | Theodosiadou Georgia | Kokonis Michalis
My dissertation entitled “Mapping Literary Identities: Space Tran-actions and Inter-actions in the Works of Mark Twain, Henry James, and Demetra Vaka Brown” places Twain’s The Innocents Abroad, James’s The American Scene, and Vaka Brown’s The Heart of the Balkans, In the Heart of German Intrigue, as well as her autobiographical texts A Child of the Orient and With a Heart for Any Faith/Fate in a cultural geographical context and discusses the three authors’ spatial poetics and identity politics. More specifically, I assert that the texts in question trace a development in literary responses to the question of spatiality and the interrelated concept of identity formation, within the frame of early modern(ist) American literature. My discussion begins with the realization that the specific travel writings by the three authors explicitly address questions of space, geography, and identity. Subsequently, I examine these texts for the different theories of human-place relations that are inherent in their narrative discourses. The individual chapters on Twain, James, and Vaka Brown examine the construction of narrative identity as a project that is historically contingent, but also spatially, socially, and culturally significant. I contend that all three authors fully and vigorously participated in the literary tradition of the nineteenth century that represented space as a realistic concept. At the same time, however, they experimented with this tradition and accentuated certain elements in it, so that they pushed it a step further, in the direction of twentieth-century modern(ist) spatial poetics. My dissertation builds on the assumption that the development in spatial representation that began with the work of Twain and continued with the works of James and Vaka Brown is not only aligned with the social, political, economic, and cultural evolution of American modernism, but is also indicative of the time’s controversial identity politics. In my view, the three authors’ theories of human spatiality, diverse as they may initially appear, engage in conversation with each other. More specifically, James’s and Twain’s contact with Europe and the new perspectives from which they subsequently viewed their homeland delineate their personalized modernistic geographies. At the same time, Vaka Brown’s status as an immigrant in the U.S. writing for mainstream journals about life in the Orient determines her response to the space of modernity. Thus, the spatial perspectives of the three writers engage in conversation with each other as they bring together and juxtapose the American view of Europe with the European vision of America, both of which operate within the American project of national identity construction. In my view, the interlocking spatial discourses of the three authors reveal their narrative perspectives as manifestations of their individual responses to modernity. Hence, the three chapters of my dissertation are arranged according to the individual works’ dates of publication to illustrate the transition from Twain’s response to the onset of modernity as reflected in his spatial politics and poetics, to James’s purposefully ambiguous engagement with the space of modernity, to Vaka Brown’s female alternative of modern spatial representation. In the first chapter, I argue that Twain’s traveling, performed as an art, metamorphoses into both world making and self-fashioning as it not only reflects, but also deconstructs and creates, views of reality and subjectivity. In the second chapter, I pursue the topic of spatial poetics and identity politics further and mark James’s progress in The American Scene from the initial urge to connect to the past as a solid ground for his identification process at present, to subsequent realization of the impossibility of homeland attachment, to eventual connection with the present on a responsive and emotional level. In the third chapter on Vaka Brown, I illustrate the way in which the author presents her readers with a literary model that simultaneously historicizes literary geography and visualizes temporal history, thus allowing for spatial metamorphoses in a dynamic historical context. I conclude that space, geography, and identity prove active and pervasive interests for the three American writers who trace the move from the realist to the modernist tradition.
Student: CHATZIDIMITRIOU PINELOPI (2005)|
Thesis title: The theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos: (inter)cultural dimensions, (ex)centric directions
Translation: Το θέατρο του Θεόδωρου Τερζόπουλου: από το προσωπικό στο παγκόσμιο, από το κέντρο στο έκ-κεντρο
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savas | Sakellaridou Elisabeth | Tsatsoulis Dimitrios
The present PhD thesis' ambition is to analyze the complete works of the Greek theatre director Theodoros Terzopoulos from the beginning of his career in the 1970s to 2003. It studies the constituent elements of his stage idiolect, its ideological currents and analyzes its status and contribution in both the Greek adn the international theatre. In each case, selected performances are used as examples to clarify the topic under discussion. A variety of theoretical tools are employed for the analysis of subjects like the intercultural, the (post)matern, the essentialist praxis of Attis, that meet on the common ground of the current theoretical problematization on the neutral/idiological/non-ideological body and the cultural/ideological body. If the director in his 1st period(1977-1983) promoted the ideological body, that is the relation of the body experience and expression through the brechtian gestus, still in the 2nd period of Attis(1985-), through ancient Greek tragedy and his biodynamic method of deconstruction, he creates a theatre of cruelty, in which hieroglyphic bodies, archetypal signs of the suffering human being dominate. At the same time, the plays of Heiner Muller give the director the opportunity to re-invert a postbrechtian political language.
Student: CHATZITHEODOROU ANNA-MARIA (2005)|
Thesis title: Comprehension and production of written discourse in a university EFL context
Translation: Παραγωγή και κατανόηση γραπτού λόγου σε πανεπιστημιακό περιβάλλον εκμάθησης της αγγλικής ως ξένης γλώσσας
Supervising Committee: Koutoupi-Kiti Elisavet | Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki | Milapides Michalis
The thesis concerns comprehension and production of written discourse by Greek university EFL students. More specifically, a novel discourse-oriented framework for text analysis is proposed that segments meaning into the levels of ideas, authorial stance, and textual organization. These levels are reflected in rhetorical techniques such a polyphony, metaphor, irony, hyperbole, modality, parallelism, resurrence and attitudinally-loaded lexical items. An experimental study was conducted and invelved two experemental groups that were instructed to summarize by drawing on the proposed framework and two control groups. Participants produced written summaries of argumentative texts that were then analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. Results illustrated a veritable connection between effective performance in summarizing and instruction operating along the lines of the proposed discourse-analytic framework. Finally, the applicability of the framework to teacher training, language instruction(in particular, summary writing and text analysis), and language assessment is discussed. It is contended that a language curriculum that capitalizes on aspects of meaning broadens the scope of language learning and yields interesting insights into the working of language.
Student: GEORGOPOULOU XENI (2005)|
Thesis title: "Who is't can read a woman?" The fashioning of the female in Shakespeare
Translation: Ποιος μπορεί να διαβάσει μια γυναίκα : ο προσδιορισμός του γυναικείου φύλου στον Σαίξπηρ
Supervising Committee: Krontiri Stamatia | Patsalidis Savas | Sakellaridou Elisabeth
In the patriarchal society of Renaissance England women played an important role in male self-definition. Since patriarchy was founded on the idea of male superiority, men fashioned woman as weak. Medicine, which began to replace religion in the degree of influence, also helped towards that definition, ascribing to female nature a coldness which was attributed to imperfection and a moisture that implied instability. The threat of female unpredictability subjected women to male scrutiny, and the unruly woman was punished in public to reinstate a man’s good name. My thesis explores the desperate attempts of Shakespeare’s men to fashion female identity in a way that ensures their own self-definition, and aims to prove how futile these efforts are. In Shakespeare the humorous body turns out to be more unstable in men than in women; men’s urge to decipher women only reveals the anxiety of the former; their attempt to reinstate male honour through the humiliation of the unruly woman is yet another reminder of their inability to control her. The anxiety of Shakespeare’s men about female nature often makes them charge women with crimes they have not committed, and this injustice raises the necessity of female vindication and revaluation. However, the refashioning of the abused heroine at the end of the plays merely ascribes to her new (positive) stereotypes, which seem as unstable as the (negative) stereotypes she was ascribed in the beginning. The Shakespearean woman eventually proves a text that cannot be deciphered, a natural force that cannot be fashioned.
Student: KAKLAMANIDOU DESPOINA (2005)|
Thesis title: Αφήγηση και εστίαση στις Επικίνδυνες Σχέσεις του Choderlos de Laclos και τις τέσσερις κινηματογραφικές μεταφορές του μυθιστορήματος
Translation: Narration and focalisation in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and its four filmic adaptations
Supervising Committee: Kokkonis Michalis | Lagopoulos Alexandros | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
The dissertation aims at studying the basic changes that accur during a filmic adaptation of a novel. More specifically we examine how the narrative techniques of narrative voice and focalisation work in the films and if they can focalisation work in the films and if they can affecy the viewer's opinion based on literary theories(Barthes, Gremas, Genette) we compared the four filmic adaptations of Laclos' "Les liaisons dangereuses" with the literary source.
Student: PAPALEONIDA PARASKEVI (2005)|
Thesis title: The victorian ear: Gendered acoustics in science and poetry
Translation: Ο ρόλος της ακοής στη βικτωριανή επιστήμη και ποίηση, με αναφορά στο κοινωνικό φύλο
Supervising Committee: Douka-Kampitoglou Aikaterini | Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Trayiannoudi Litsa
Women poets' introduction of an autonomous speaking auditor in dramatifc monologue, as well lyric and narrative poetry, was informed by developments in acoustic science in the period between the 1860s-1890s. An interdisciplinary approach focusing on physics and physiological psychology can help elucidate the importance of aurality in late-Victorian literature : the dramaticity of women's poetry. I believe the listening self manifest in poetic innovation is saturated by the scintific delineation of audition. I trace acoustic metaphors and motifs, shared by science and poetry, such as sympathetic vibration, the siren, the visual representation of sound, automatism in aural perception, in the work of scientists like John Tyndall and William Carpenter and poets such as Augusta Webster, Christina Rossetti and Mary Coleridge and the dramatic monologues of Jean Ingelaw, Amy Lery, Violet Fane(Mary M. Lamb) and Mathilde Blind. Having become in scintific discourse something other than the receptor of voice, the ear oscillated between being a reproducing and an autophonous instrument that processed sound_women poets allowed the implications of the scientific construction of audition to interact with the ideological construct of the receptive feminine ear, transforming the metaphor of the feminine ear into a trope of receptive expression.
Student: REHLING NICOLA JANE (2005)|
Thesis title: All and Nothing: White Heterosexual Masculinity in Contemporary Popular Cinema
Translation: Όλα και τίποτα: λευκή ετεροφυλόφιλη ανδρική ταυτότητα στο σύγχρονο δημοφιλή κινηματογράφο
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Kokonis Michalis | Sakellaridou Elisabeth
This thesis explores popular cinematic representations of white heterosexual masculinity, primarily in contemporary Hollywood texts. Through a detailed textual analysis of films, which are firmly placed in the specific historical, social, cultural and political context in which they were produced and consumed, it explores how white heterosexual masculinity in popular American cinema is often represented as an "all and nothing" subjectivity, one both universal and invisible, privileged and victimised, phallic and lacking, unified and deconstructed, enfleshed and disembodied, ordinary and anxiously vacuous, the locus of origins and ontologically empty - a flaying of binary oppositions that only a subjectivity that can construct itself as the dominant norm can wield. Approaching this topic through a variety of theoretical frameworks, including feminist theory, critical race theory, whiteness studies, queer theory, and Lacanian psychoanalysis, it contends that white heterosexual masculinity is a radically unstable, performative construct that consolidates itself through discursive strategies. It also explores how the category of class always traverses white heterosexual masculinity, destabilising its construction as a coherent, seamless category. Finally, it argues for the importance of interrogating popular cinematic representations of "ordinary" straight white men, who are always also extra-ordinary as well.
Student: SCHOINA MARIA (2005)|
Thesis title: Romantic Anglo-Italians: configurations of identity in Byron, the Shelleys and the Pisan circle
Translation: Άγγλο-Ιταλοί ρομαντικοί ποιητές: διαμορφώσεις ταυτότητας στον Μπάυρον, στους Σέλλευ και στον κύκλο της Πίζας
Supervising Committee: Douka-Kampitoglou Aikaterini | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin | Parkin-Gounela Ruth
My dissertation discusses the identity and spatial politics of post-napoleonic british expatriates in Italy, recoverning the discursive techniques employed in their identification with italianness and the context of the dominant themes and preoccupations in romantic culture. More specifically, i assert that the so-called "anglo-italians"-defined by Mary Shelley as "as well-informed, active and clever race'-fashioned a hyphenated identity in attempt to establish a bicultural sensibility and thus an alternative coalition with italian place, culture, language and community. Assuning a cultural-geographical approach and drawing on the theoretical insights of Stuart Hall, Michel Faucault, Edward Said and Pierre Bourdieu. My work attempts a re-evaluation of Byron's "all meridian heart", Percy Shelley's "Pisan roots", Mary Shelley's "anglo-italicus" self and of the "italianised cockney" vestiture of the liberal as shown in Leigh Hunt's texts.
Student: KANTARIDOU ZOI (2004)|
Thesis title: Motivation & Involvement in learning English for academic purposes
Translation: Κίνητρα και εμπλοκή στη μάθηση της αγγλικής για ακαδημαϊκούς σκοπούς
Supervising Committee: Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Platsidou Maria
The present study seeks to investigate the issue of motivation in the context of EAP syllabus, level of english and involvement in learning on students' motivation, strategy use and performance in EAP. The results indicated that students' trait motivation remains largely unaffected by the EAP syllabus. On the contrary, involvement in learning significantly affects students' state motivation. An important implication for EAP teaching is to provide a framework to support students' limited at this age internal regulation resources. External regulation that maintains students' involvement in learning will equip students with abilities and skills that facilitate their lives in the long run.
Student: LAMPROPOULOU STYLIANI (2004)|
Thesis title: Topic in narrative discourse: The case of temporal Otan-Clauses in Modern Greek
Translation: Το "θέμα" στον αφηγηματικό λόγο: η περίπτωση των χρονικών εισαγόμενων με "όταν" προτάσεων της νεοελληνικής
Supervising Committee: Koutoupi-Kiti Elisavet | Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki | Kakouriotis Athanasios
This thesis examines the discourse functions of "when" clauses in Greek narratives. The contextual contribution of "when" clauses is studied in the light of the "topic" approach to adverbial clauses, which is developed in view of werth's(1999) cognitive discourse grammar of "text worlds". Furthermore, "when"-clauses are studied in terms of their relationship with respect to the main clause. In this connection, the presuppositional status of the "when"-clause is shown to be of crucial importance. Specifically with the loss of the subordinate character of the "when"-clause.
Student: USSHER-KRESPI BARBARA (2004)|
Thesis title: Errors in NNS Teacher Talk in the Greek EFL Classroom: Implication for teacher training
Translation: Λάθη στην ομιλία των Ελλήνων καθηγητών της αγγλικής γλώσσας: επιδράσεις στην επιμόρφωση των καθηγητών
Supervising Committee: Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Kontos Nikolaos | Bolla-Mavrides Vasilia
Teachers make similar errors to learners but they also make other errors which learners do not make. These specific teacher-talk errors are what are being attempted to be identified and analysed along with the errors which could be made by any advanced Greek speaker. It is hoped that their importance will be established by describing the errors in detail and counting them, and by dealing with spoken language in EFL classroom context, and not with isolated written errors. In this attempt, the whole fabric of the Greek state-school socio-cultural setting has been into account. In it suggested that because of constant with learners and distance from university studies etc. that backsliding occurs. It is also argued that the most frequently found of the errors are the most likely to fossilize in Greek speakers and are probably the most difficult to eradicate. The errors are analysed in relation to the teachers' roles in the classroom. Pupil response to teacher error is also analysed with particular emphasis on the "authority" of the teacher which, it is contended, plays a crucial role in the ways in which pupils respond to "linguistic" errors, as opposed to "content" errors. The findings of this study provide background both for further classroom research as well as for language planning of pre-service and in-service teacher training courses. It is believed that teacher trainees can be sensitized to the specific errors they make through working with data such as that collected for this thesis. It is hoped that this would be achieved by raising teacher trainees' awareness to the whole socio-cultural context of the EFL classroom, examining not only teacher talk but also pupil to the teacher talk.
Student: AGATHOPOULOU ELENI (2003)|
Thesis title: Noun-noun compounds nt the Greek-English interlanguage
Translation: Ονοματικά σύνθετα στην ελληνο-αγγλική διαγλώσσα
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Anastasiadi-Simeonidi Anna
This thesis investigates the L2 acquisition of English root and deverbal noun-noun compounds(e.g. car company, car exporter) by Greek adults, within the theoretical framework of Minimalism Chomsky's(1995).The participants(30 intermediate + 30 advanced Greeks and 20 native speakers of English) completed four types of tasks : picture-naming, grammaticality judgements, referentiality judgements and interpretations. The targeted items were novel or non-usualized. Compounds have the same structure in the L1 and in the L2, with the non-head moun(NHN) in both of them being a stem, not a word. However, unlike in Greek, in English there is no phonological difference between stem and word, so learners seem not to perceive the L2 compounds as zero-level(x0) items. Hence, they differ significantly from the natives as to the production/acceptance of plural and genitive NHNs, the order between NHN and head-noun and the (im)possibility of referring separately to the NHN in compounds. Moreover, the interlanguage forms reveal effects of L1 parametric options regarding noun modification in the phrasal domain and it seems that parameter resetting is not feasible in adult L2 learning when it concerns non-interpretable features. Still, the structure of the L2 compounds is compatible with Universal Grammar principles. Last, the dissociation between regular and irregular morphology is confirmed in the acquisition of compounds, but we cannot offer conclusive evidence as to whether nativist or connectionist theories can better account for this dissociation.
Student: EMMANOUILIDOU SOFIA (2003)|
Thesis title: Identities of the Periphery: The Construction and the Collective Prodigy in Chicano/a Writings
Translation: Ταυτότητες της Περιφέρειας: η κατασκευή και το συλλογικό θαύμα στη λογοτεχνία των μεξικάνων - αμερικάνων
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Georgios | Kokonis Michalis | Patsalidis Savas
It has been generally argued that identity-formation is a complex co-relation of one’s conscious and subconscious intelligences, resulting in the fixity of a set of behavioral traits. From birth people enter numerous contexts, which shape their personalities. In fact, socio-political struggles, cultural practices, religious beliefs and even personal aspirations contribute to the delineation of the self. Hence, the notion of identity is not monolithic or static but subject to change. Self-perception is the outcome of a number of influences from the historical, social, political, ethical, and cultural contexts one enters or from his/her personal preferences resulting from circumstances. Adding to these perplexing issues, we can divide the concept of identity into two broad categories: the individual and the collective expressions of the self. In fact, human beings claim an identity which, more often than not, corresponds to a collective one. And since individuals do not inhabit a void but are active members of worldly socialization, they also form various organized groups of people, both political and apolitical. The corollary is that individual identity is not autonomous; instead, it takes a collectivity’s self-perception as its point of departure or reference. In order to grasp the importance of the “individual vis-a-vis collective” interdependency, we have to consider the importance of a human agency’s continuity throughout time. If we assume that a given collectivity develops a distinct identity over the course of time, then we must acknowledge that the exact same collectivity propagates an indigenous history. And when an individual willingly acknowledges the history of a group of people, then this historicized identity-perception is incorporated into his/her present self representation. In fact, it becomes his/her collective past self to be consolidated into one’s rite of passage into the present and future. Seen in this light, collective consciousness implies a triple relation within a group of people: the avowal of a common ancestry, the identification of self-same present experiences in time and space, and a consensus in the pursuit of their future aspirations. In broad terms, this is the philosophical area where I have sought to approach Mexican-American identity in this dissertation, Identities of the Periphery: The Construction and the Collective Prodigy in Chicano/a Writings. My chief concern is to convey my conviction that Chicanismo is predominantly a collective identity, deeply rooted in the American Southwest (spatial factor) and one which is “the active presence of the whole past of which it is the product” (temporal factor) (Bourdieu 118). Mexican-Americans, in tandem with the rest of hyphenated groupings within the US, and even in the present turbulent global context of the 21st century, strive to conceive and delineate their self-identity. But their self-perception is a rather crooked path since it is the outcome of numerous binarisms: the politics of resistance versus the poetics of cultural identity, Mexican nation versus the US Southwest, individuality versus collectivization, and so on. This dissertation is an attempt to approach the multi-faceted Chicano identity and to present the ways in which the Mexican-American individual construes and builds up his/her self-awareness via the totality of his/her collective experience. It is my sincere hope to succeed in an in-depth understanding of Chicano identity as it appears through its literary expression.
Student: GRATALE JOSEPH-MICHAEL (2003)|
Thesis title: Explorations and visions: a critical genealogy of America's colonial-imperial continuum
Translation: Εξερευνήσεις και οράματα: μια κριτική γενεαλογία του αμερικανικού αποικιοκρατικο-ιμπεριαλιστικού συνεχούς
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Georgios | Theodosiadou Georgia | Pastourmatzi Domna
This dissertation investigates a series of travel-exploration narratives that articulate responses to the landscape and indigenous peoples of America across time and scape. These responses result from the encounter experiense in which Europeans and Americans crafted a range of discourses and systems of representation of the Indian Other and American Landscape. By applying the insights of colonial/postcolonial discourse theory and other theoretical frameworks this study sets out to expose the colonial-imperial strrategies embedded in texts part of the travel-exploration genre. Also it simultaneously addresses issues of ambivalence and textual disunity as prominent aspects of the selected narratives.
Student: NEAMAT IMAM (2003)|
Thesis title: Politics, Subjection, and Subjectivation: The Microphysical Corporeality of Power in the Theatrical Works Of Arthur Miller
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savas | Theodosiadou Georgia | Sakellaridou Elisabeth
This project looks at the theatrical works of Arthur Miller through the Faucauldian prism. It concentrates on the correlation, aggrandizement and sententiousness of modern power, as it preoccupies Miller's characters in their system of embodiment, insurgence for existence, rhetoric of dilemma and politics of freedom. On the one hand, the fantasies as well as the promises of self-stultification of the characters are observed to corroborate power's capacity of control, while, on the other, their condescension as well as cultivation of resentment is noted as inescapably subsiding in its playfulness. Power in Arthur Miller is not power proper, but its microphysical technologies and reflective prognosis. It is not limited to epistemologically developed influential issues it rather associates local, marginal and empirically unaccounted for uncertainties. It is a power expressed in subjectivation and exercised through tangential and nominalistic reciprocation. It plays more with the proliferation of identity, the consiousness industry, the vestiges of self-determination and the discursive stance of a subject than its scrupulus historico-political role and condition. It incarcerates the subject's body, manipulates its dreams and outflanks its desires. It engages the subject in a framework of transaction not only by essentializing in it a drive of hegemony or resistance, but also by creating a spell of erotico-masochistic gratification. Invisibility instead of corporal intervention is it process, mormalization instead of extinction its consequence. Even in the case of solidified hidtorical crises, i.e., Nazi transnational aggression, Judeo-Nordic racial confrontationm McCarthyite polarization of political ideologies and frustrating squandering of capital during the Depression, crises that appear and reappear in Miller's dramaturgy, power is fundamentally and predictably manifested at biopolitical level. It simultaneously engages and interacts with different conventionally divisible ingredients, i.e., nationalism, race, class, gender, thus illegitimizing their gridline of distinction and further bureaucratizing their functioning method.
Student: CHANIA EIRINI (2002)|
Thesis title: Magic Realism in Contemporary British Fiction
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Kalogeras Yiorgos | Yiannopoulou Effie
This thesis attempts to aproach magic realist fiction phychonalytically(by means of the theories of freud and Lakan), considering some british and Latin American paradigms. In the introductory chapter magic realism(M.R.) is attempted to be considered within the current critical research and as a result of postcolonialism : this is especially seen within the obsession with historiography. Chapter 1 deals with the dream narrative from the Freudian viewpoint. Chapter 2 explores the concepts of myth and history and their relation to memory and the historiographic writing. Chapter 3 deals with metaphor and metonymy as games which denote the return of repressed desire. Chapter 4 studies two overwhelming magic realist symbols : the labyrinth and the mirror as instances of the Freudian "Ancanny" and offers a Lacanian reading of the concept. The epilogue sums up the psychoanalytic reading of magic realistic fiction
Student: ANTONIOU LIDA (2001)|
Thesis title: Argumentative writing and computers in an EFL environment: the Greek paradigm
Translation: Γραπτός λόγος επιχειρηματολογίας και υπολογιστές σε περιβάλλον της αγγλικής ως ξένης γλώσσας: το ελληνικό μοντέλο
Supervising Committee: Milapidis Michail | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Anogianakis Georgios
Student: BOUMPA MARIA (2001)|
Thesis title: Double-object constructions in English and Greek: A study of second language acquisition
Translation: Δίπτωτα ρήματα στην νές ελληνική και στην αγγλική γλώσσα: μια μελέτη για την απόκτηση δεύτερης γλώσσας
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Kakouriotis Athanasios | Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki
Student: STAVRAKAKI STAVROULA (2001)|
Thesis title: Specific language impairment in greek: aspects of syntactic production and comprehension
Translation: Η εξελικτική δυσφασία στη νέα ελληνική: όψεις συντακτικής παραγωγής και κατανόησης
Supervising Committee: Tsimpli Ianthi-Maria | Kakouriotis Athanasios | Tsantas Nikolaos
Student: STEFANIDOU ANASTASIA (2001)|
Thesis title: Ethnic and diaspora poets of greek america
Translation: Ελληνοαμερικάνοι ποιητές: εθνισμός και διασπορά
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Giorgos | Douka-Kampitoglou Aikaterini | Frantzi Antia
Student: KOKKINIDOU AVGI (2000)|
Thesis title: Η προβληματική της διαφοροποίησης του μοντερνισμού από το μεταμοντερνισμό στο μεταμοντέρνο μυθιστόρημα
Translation: The problematics of the distinction between modernism and postmodernism in the postmodern novel: the unwilling suspension of difference
Supervising Committee: Politi Georgia | Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
Student: TRYFONA-ANTONOPOULOU NIOVI-ANGELIKI (2000)|
Thesis title: Δυνατότητες εφαρμογής της επικοινωνιακής προσέγγισης στη διδασκαλία της νέας ελληνικής ως ξένης γλώσσας
Supervising Committee: Efstathiadis Stathis | Gkogkos Alexandros | Xochelis Panagiotis
Student: TZOANNOPOULOU MARINA (2000)|
Thesis title: The second language mental lexicon: some evidence from greek advanced learners of english
Translation: Το νοητικό λεξικό της δεύτερης / ξένης γλώσσας: έρευνα βασισμένη σε Έλληνες μαθητές αγγλικών προχωρημένου επιπέδου
Supervising Committee: Efstathiadis Stathis | Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki | Kapsalis Achileas
A fairly widely held view in psycholinguistics is that the second language mental lexicon is more "phonological" than the first language lexicon, namely, that a qualitative difference exists between the two lexicons. In this study word association test data together with C-test data elecited from Greek advanced learners of English are presented which challenge the above view. The findings seem to suggest that the way words are processed is not so much related to the status of the language (first or second) to which they belong, but rather it depends on the level of familiarity of native speakers or learners with particular words at a particular time.
Student: VASILEIADOU ELENI (2000)|
Thesis title: The syntax and semantics of the passive structure in English and modern Greek
Translation: Η σύνταξη και η σημασιολογία της παθητικής δομής στα αγγλικά και στα νέα ελληνικά
Supervising Committee: Kakouriotis Athanasios | Panagopoulos Eleftherios | Tsimpli Ianthi Maria
Student: BOTONAKI EFFROSYNI (1999)|
Thesis title: Disclosing and Closures: Seventeenth Century Englishwomen's Autobiographical Writings
Supervising Committee: Krontiri Stamatia |Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Sakellaridou Elisabeth
Student: BLATANIS KONSTANTINOS (1998)|
Thesis title: Popular Culture Icons and Contemporary American Drama
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savas | Sakellaridou Elisabeth | Kalogeras Yiorgos
Student: DIAMANTIS GAVRIIL (1998)|
Thesis title: On word order on English and Modern Greek, a Comperative Approach
Supervising Committee: Gkogkos Alexandros | Efstathiadis Efstathios | Athanasiadou Angeliki
Student: GODI ELENI (1998)|
Thesis title: The Forces of Production and the Fortunes of Fiction: The Case of Barbara Pym
Translation: Οι δυνάμεις της παραγωγής και οι τύχες της λογοτεχνίας: Το παράδειγμα της Barbara Pym
Supervising Committee: Politi Georgia | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin | Parkin-Gounela Ruth
IN MY DISSERTATION I DISCUSS THE MECHANICS OF LITERARY PRODUCTION THROUGH THECASE OF THE ENGLISH WRITER BARBARA PYM AND WITHIN THE PARTICULAR BRITISH CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE 20 TH CENTURY , THUS AMENDING THE GENERALITY OF SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO L ITERARY FORCES AND THE ABSTRACT NATURE OF THEORETICAL STUDIES.FOCUSING ON PYM ALLOWED ME TO SHOW IN PRACTICE HOW THE INTERFACE OFRELEVANT FORCES WORKS.USING HER FORTUNES AS AN INDICATIVE PHENOMENON , I RESEARCHED THE PUBLISHING CONDITIONS AND PRACTICES A S THESE FORMED AND WERE FORMED BY THE DREVAILING LITERARY FASHIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE RELEVANT DECADES QTHE KEY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGES IMPINGING UPON THE MARKETS OF FICTION QTHE FORMATIVE INSTITUTIONS OF THE TASTE AND AGENTS OF RECEPTION , AS WELL AS THE HISTORICAL HUMAN FACTOR OF THE THEORETICIAN AND CRITI , AND A PARTICULAR CLASS OF INDIVIDUAL READERS.WITHIN A MARXIST , SOCIOLOGICAL READER- RECEPTION FRAME ,PYMS STORY WAS READ AS BOTH THE PRODUCT AND THE MEETING GROUNDOF CULTURAL INTERA CTION .THE ANALYSIS OF HER READERSHIP SHED LIGHT ON PROBLEMS IN LITERARY CLASSIFICATION , THE ROLE OF GENRE OF THE MINOR WRITER AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL IDENTITY , AND HELPED ME JUXTAPOSE CRITICAL WITH INDIVIDUAL READINGS THROUGH THE HELP OF STATIS TICAL AND FACTOR ANALYSIS.
Student: MATTHAIOUDAKI MARINA (1998)|
Thesis title: Προβλήματα σχετιζόμενα με το δανεισμό λεξικών μονάδων από την Ελληνική στην Αγγλική
Translation: Problems related to Greek-English lexical loans
Supervising Committee: Koutoupi-Kiti Elisavet | Psaltou-Joycey Angeliki | Anastasiadi-Simeonidi Anna
THIS STUDY IS CONCERNED WITH THE SEMANTIC AND PRAGMATIC ANALYSIS OF THE GREEK- ENGLISH FALS FRIENDS. AT THE SAME TIME IT HAS A PEDAGOGICAL PERSPECTIVE AND IT AIMS TO EXAMINE WHETHER OR NOT FALSE FRIENDS PRESENT LEARNING DIFFICULTIES TO ADVANCED GREEK LEAR NERS OF ENGLISH. THE CHOICE OF THE WORDS WAS DETERMINED BY FREQUENCY CIRTERIA AND WAS BASED ON THE COBUILD CORPUS DATA. THE CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS BETWEEN LOANS AND SOURCES JUSTIFIED THE CLASSIFICATION OF LOANS INTO FIVE CATEGORIES DEPENDING ON THEIR SEMANTI C/PRAGMATIC DISTANCE FROMTHEIR SOURCES. A TEST WAS DEVISED AND GIVEN TO 127 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN ORDER: 1) TO ESTABLISH A HIERARCHY OF ACQUISITION DIFFICULTY; 2) TO VERIFY OR DISPROVE THE HYPOTHESIS THAT GREEK-ENGLISH FALSE FRIENDS PRESENT A LEARNING DI FFICULTY. THE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS LED TO THE FOLLOWING CONCLUSION. 1) FALSE FRIENDS CAN BE RANKED ACCORDING TO LEARNING DIFFICULTY; 2) THESE WORDS PRESENT SERIOUS ACQUISITION PROBLEMS. FINALLY THE TEACHING IMPLICATIONS WERE DISCUSSED; I.E. THE NEED TO RAISE STUDENTS' AND TEACHERS' AWARENESSOF THIS LEXICAL FIELD
Student: TOKKOU - NINOU ROUMPINA (1998)|
Thesis title: Γραπτός Λόγος: Μεθοδολογία Διδασκαλίας και Εκμάθησης
Translation: Writing: Methodology of Teaching and Learnin g
Supervising Committee: Efstathiadis Stathis | Athanasiadou Angeliki | Milapides Michalis
Student: APOSTOLOU FOTEINI (1997)|
Thesis title: Seduction and Death in a Muriel Spark's Fiction
Translation: Σαγήνη και θάνατος στο έργο της Muriel Spark
Supervising Committee: Parkin-Gounela Ruth | Politi Georgia | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
Muriel Spark’s work has often been studied in the light of metafictionality by modern critics like Patricial Waugh, Ruth Whittaker, Malcolm Bradbury, Gerardine Meaney, and others. Her interest in the fictional process is revealed in her adoption of metafictional methods, whereby she exposes the structures that underlie the process of writing. What is of particular importance to these critics is Spark’s preoccupation with metafictionality and plotting, which imprison her characters and mark their inability to escape writing. This work shall attempt a new approach to Spark’s texts, reading them from a wider postmodern/poststructural point of view. Postmodernism, with its emphasis on the intertextual games one can play with texts, can, as I hope to show, offer new readings of her work. In Spark’s writing there are infinite games that have not yet been discussed. Her novels and short stories foreground the play with texts, images, and spectacles in which her characters and her narratives are immersed and undone. Even her religion is embroiled in this playful atmosphere, becoming yet another structure that seduces and destroys with its regulations. In The Takeover, for example, Roman Catholicism is inserted, along with primitive cults, in a game with simulated orgies and rites where the most impressive spectacle will dominate the scene. This thesis will focus on the “play” quality of Muriel Spark’s writing and the seductive and destructive games associated with the process of construction: “seductive,” because the power of existing structures is ever more present in her work, luring with its promise of dominance; and “destructive,” since the introduction into these structures is associated with an alienation of the subject. It is one of the main concepts of poststructuralism that the subject is born into an already established symbolic system, which dictates its future position. In other words, it is this system that inscribes the individual.
Student: DETSI ZOI (1997)|
Thesis title: Forgotten Ladies, Early American Female Playwrites 1780-1860
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savvas | Sakellaridou Elisabeth | Georgoudaki Aikaterini
Student: KECHAGIA KLEIO (1997)|
Thesis title: Clio in New England: Prescriptions and Practices in Seventeenth-Century New England Puritan Historiography
Translation: Η Κλειώ στην Νέα Αγγλία: Παραδόσεις και πρακτικές στην ιστοριογραφία της Νέας Αγγλίας τον 17ο αιώνα
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Giorgos | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin | Patsalidis Savas
THE ORIGINALITY OF THIS DISSERTATION LIES NOT IN ITS SELECTED CORPUS OF WORKS BUT IN ITS APPROACH AND CRITICAL METHODOLOGY. IT WORKS AT 2 LEVELS: A) A SPECIFIC, SCHOLARLY, PURITAN ONE AND B) A GENERAL, THEORETICAL, HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ONE. THE FIRST LEVEL TRACES THE TRADITION OF PURITAN HISTORIOGRAPHY, ATTEMPTSTO DEFINE ITS DISTINCTIVE FEATURES AND EXPLORES THE SPECIFICALLY PURITAN PERFORMANCE OF 3 CASE STUDIES: BRADFORD'S, HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH PLANTATION, WINTHROP'S JOURNAL - HISTORY AND COTTON MATHER'S MAGNALIA. IN THIS RESPECT, THE STUDY AS A WHOLE ENCOMPASSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF PURITAN HISTORIOGRAPHY AS SUCH IN17TH CENTURY, NEW ENGLAND. THE CONCLUSIONS OF MY RESEARCH AT THIS LEVEL CLEARLY INDICATE THAT THE PURITAN PARADIGM OF HISTORIOGRAPHY, HIGHLY DEMANDING AND PROBLEMATIC EVEN IN THEORY PROVES IN PRACTICE EVEN MORE PROBLEMATIC. IN FACT, ONLY WITHROP'S JOURNAL - HISTORY PROVES TO "SUCCEED" IN ADHERING TO THE "CANON" OF AMERICAN PURITAN HISTORIOGRAPHY , AND THAT ONLY TO A CERTAIN EXTENT.THE SECOND LEVEL OF THE DISSERTATION, THE DEEPER ONE, OBSERVES THE GENERAL HISTORIOGRAPHICAL PERFORMANCE OF THESE TEXTS AND RELATES IT TO CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY. WHAT I ATTEMPT TO DO AT THIS LATTER LEVEL OF ANALYSIS IS A SORT OF METAHISTORICAL COMMENTARY: "TRANSLATE", THAT IS MY SPECIFIC CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THESE 3 PURITAN HISTORIES INTO CERTAIN TENTATIVE REFLECTIONS ON THE NATURE AND PROPERTIES OF HISTORIOGRAPHY IN GENERAL. (ABSTRACT TRUNCATED)
Student: TSANGALIDIS ANASTASIOS (1997)|
Thesis title: Will and Tha: A Comparative Study of the Category Future
Supervising Committee: Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki | Efstathiadis Efstathios | Milapides Michalis
Student: KALFOPOULOU ANDRIANI (1995)|
Thesis title: A Deconstruction of the Ideology of the American Dream in the Culture's Female Discourses
Supervising Committee: Kalogeras Giorgos | Georgoudaki Aikaterini | Patsalidis Savas
Student: MELA - ATHANASOPOULOU ELISAVET (1995)|
Thesis title: Morphological Bracketing Paradoxies
Translation: Μορφολογικά Παράδοξα
Supervising Committee: Kakouriotis Athanasios | Panagopoulos Eleftherios | Anastasiadi - Simeonidi Anna
Student: YPSILANTIS GEORGIOS (1995)|
Thesis title: Computer Assisted Language: A Communicative Approach
Supervising Committee: Efstathiadis Stathis | Panagopoulos Eleftherios | Kakouriotis Athanasios
Student: KITSI AIKATERINI (1994)|
Thesis title: Feminist Readings of the Body in Virginia Wolf's Novels
Supervising Committee: Politi Georgia | Parkin-Γουνελά Ruth | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin
Student: TSAMPI-PANAGOPOULOU MARIA (1994)|
Thesis title: A comparative and instrumental study of prosodic features in contemporary English and Greek
Translation: Συγκριτική και πειραματική μελέτη των προσωδιακών στοιχείων στη σύγχρονη Αγγλική και Ελληνική γλώσσα
Supervising Committee: Kakouriotis Athanasios | Gkogkos Alexandros | Malaxou-Samara Zoi
Student: GEMENETZI-MALATHOUNI SMARAGDA (1991)|
Thesis title: The poet as historian: A critical edition of Anne Bradstreet's 'Grecian Monarchy'
Translation: Ο ποιητής ως ιστορικός. Κριτική έκδοση του ποιήματος της ποιήτριας (Anne Bradstreet) Ανν Μπραντστρήτ "Ελληνική Μοναρχία"
Supervising Committee: Patsalidis Savas | Kalogeras Yiorgos | Trayiannoudi Litsa
THE PURPOSE OF THIS WORK IS TO PRODUCE A CRITICAL EDITION OF ANNE BRADSTREET'S"GRECIAN MONARCHY", THE THIRD EMPIRE THE POET DESCRIBES IN "THE FOUR MONARCHIES", AND MAKE AVAILABLE A TEXT OF BRADSTREET'S LONGEST HISTORIC NARRATIVE ANNOTATED WITH HISTORICAL, INTERPRETIVE, EVALUATIVE AND COMPARATIVE TEXTUAL NOTES. IN THE INTRODUCTION TO "THE GRECIAN MONARCHY", I DISCUSS BOTH THE HISTORICAL AND AESTHETIC APPROACHES TO THE POEM. I DEAL FIRST WITH THE POEM'S AUDIENCE AND OCCASION OF ITS COMPOSITION WITHIN THE RENAISSANCE LITERARY FRAMEWORK OF HISTORICAL WRITING, AND NEXT WITH THE LITERARY INFLUENCES THE POEM IS INDEBTED TO. I ALSO DISCUSS "THE GRECIAN MONARCHY" AS THE NARRATIVE WHICH PRE-EMINENTLY DEFINES BRADSTREET'S PUBLIC VOICE AND MORE IMPRESSIVELY HER FASCINATION WITH ALEXANDER THE GREAT HIMSELF. (SHORTENED)
Student: KOKKONIS MICHAIL (1991)|
Thesis title: Metafictional Games: The Play Element in Cinema and the Novel
Translation: Παιχνίδια μεταφηγηματικής μυθοπλασίας: Το στοιχείο του παιχνιδιού στον κινηματογράφο και το μυθιστόρημα
Supervising Committee: Georgoudaki Aikaterini | Boklund-Lagopoulou Karin | Patsalidis Savas
THIS STUDY IS A COMPARATIVE EXAMINATION OF NOVELS AND FILMS AS TWO DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGICAL MEDIA AND AS TWO ART FORMS OF NARRATIVE FICTION. THE COMMUNICATIVE ASPECT OF THESE ART FORMS IS STRESSED IN ORDER TO FACILITATE AN EXAMINATION OF THE NARRATIVE SITUATION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND IN ORDER TO EXPLORE THE ONTOLOGICALSTATUS OF ALL THE FICTIONAL ASPECTS OF THE TEXT. THE AIM OF THE STUDY IS TO PROVIDE A CLEARER DEFINITION OF THE TERM FICTIONAL IT APPLIES TO TEXTS OF NARRATIVE FICTION. INSTRUMENTAL IN THIS CASE IS THE APPLICATION OF PLAY OR GAME THEORYTO THE STUDY WITH THE AID OF PLAY AND GAME THEORY IT BECOMES POSSIBLE TO DRAW THE ANALOGY BETWEEN THE STRUCTURES OF PLAY AND THE STRUCTURES OF FICTION BY MEANS OF WHICH THE ONTOLOGY OF THE FICTIONAL TEXT AND ESPECIALLY THE ONTOLOGICAL STATUS OF ALL THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE NARRATIVE SITUATION CAN BE FULLY EXPLORED.(SHORTENED)
Student: MAKRI-TSILIPAKOU MARIANTHI (1991)|
Thesis title: Agreement/Disagreement: Affiliative vs. Disaffiliative Display in Cross-Sex Conversations
Translation: Η Συμφωνία και η Διαφωνία ως εκδήλωση αλληλεγγύης και αντιπαλότητας σε συνομιλίες με συμμιγή συμμετοχή των δύο φύλων
Supervising Committee: Efstathiadis Stathis | Pavlidou Theodosia | Parkin-Gounela Ruth
IN DOING 'AGREEMENT'/'DISAGREEMENT' AS FACE-SAVING/FACE- THREATENING ACTS, WOMEN AND MEN-WHO CONSTITUTE HIERARCHICALLY ORGANIZED SUBCULTURES-TEND TO UTILIZE STRATEGIES TO CONVEY THEIR AFFILIATION WITH, OR DISAFFILIATION FROM, OTHER PARTICIPANTS. FOLLOWING INITIAL ASSESSMENTS WHICH INVITE AGREEMENT, WOMEN USUALLY OPT FOR 'UPGRADING', ESPECIALLY WITHIN 'CLUSTER OF AGREEMENTS' SEQUENCES, WHILE MEN SETTLE FOR 'SAME EVALUATIONS' OR 'DOWNGRADES'. ADDITIONALLY, FEMALE DISAGREEMENT IS OFTEN 'WEAK DISAGREEMENT'- IN CONJUNCTION WITH AGREEING PREFACES, INTRA-TURN PAUSES, HEDGES, QUALIFICATIONS, AND ACCOUNTS-OR IS PERFORMED 'OFF -RECORD' ESPECIALLY WHEN DIRECTED TO A MALE INTERLOCUTOR. MEN, ON THE OTHER HAND, EITHER GO 'BALD ON RECORD' WITH THEIR UNACCOUNTED FOR, 'STRONG DISAGREEMENTS' OR PERFORM THEM WITH INTER-TURN DELAY, WHICH TENDS TO BE MORE PROLONGED WHEN DISAGREEING IS DONE AGAINST WOMEN. WHEN THEIR 'AGREEING'/'DISAGREEING' IS DONE AS SIMULTANEOUS SPEECH, WOMEN OVERWHELMINGLY PERFORM SIMULTANEITY IN AGREEMENT WITH THEIR INTERLOCUTORS WHILE MEN USE IT EQUALLY OFTEN AS A SIGNAL OF BOTH AGREEMENT,AND DISAGREEMENT, WITH OTHER PARTICIPANTS, THEIR INTERVENTIONS MORE OFTEN DIRECTED AT FEMALE INTERLOCUTORS RATHER THAN MALE ONES. AS REGARDS 'AGREEMENT'/'DISAGREEMENT' AS AFFILIATION AND CONTROL IN TERMS OF TURN DISTRIBUTION AND TOPIC FLOW, IT SEEMS THAT WOMEN, WHO BOTH TAKE FEWER TURNS AND RAISE FEWER TOPICS, AREMAINLY PREOCCUPIED WITH CONVERSATIONAL MAINTENANCE EXPRESSED AS AGREEMENT WITH, AND SUPPORT OF, CURRENT (MALE) SPEAKER'S TOPIC, WHILE MEN ARE MORE CONTROL-MINDED, IN ATTEMPTING AND EFFECTING MORE TOPIC SHIFTS OVER MORE TURNS, THEIR CONVERSATIONAL DOMINANCE USUALLY EXERCISED OVER WOMEN OVER HALF OF WHOSE TOPICS WERE MET WITH DISAGREEMENT AND SO INEXORABLY FAILED TO MATERIALIZE.
Student: PSALTOU-JOYCEY ANGELIKI (1991)|
Thesis title: The temporal, aspectual, and pragmatic functions of the Perfect in Modern Greek
Translation: Οι χρονικές, πραγματολογικές και ρηματικές όψης λειτουργίες του Παρακείμενου στη Νέα Ελληνική
Supervising Committee: Efstathiadis Stathis | Veloudis Ioannis | Athanasiadou Angeliki
THE PRESENT STUDY IS CONCERNED WITH THE FUNCTIONS OF THE MODERN GREEK PERFECT (PARAKEIMENOS A') IN NON-NARRATIVE DISCOURSE. THE PERFECT IS CONSIDERED A COMPLEX CATEGORY EXHIBITING FEATURES OF ANTERIORITY, PERFECTIVITY, AND CURRENT RELEVANCE WITH REGARD TO A REFERENCE POINT WHICH, IN ITS CASE, IS THE MOMENT OF SPEECH (MOS). THE PERFECT FUNCTIONS AS A PAST TENSE BECAUSE IT LOCATES A SITUATION TEMPORALLY IN THE 'NON-RECENT PAST' INTERVAL OF THE 'EXTENDED PRESENT' FRAME, AND IT INTERPRETS IT AS ANTERIOR TO MOS FROM WHICH IT IS SEPARATED BY A CERTAIN TEMPORAL GAP. IT CONSTITUTES A SPECIAL CASE OF PERFECTIVE ASPECT, EMPHASIZING MAINLY THE TERMINAL POINT OF A SITUATION BEFORE A REFERENCE POINT. IT ALSO PRESENTS A PAST SITUATION AS BEING STILL RELEVANT TO THE MOS. THE TEMPORAL RELEVENCE IS SUBJECT TO DISCOURCE-PRAGMATIC CONSIDERATIONS, HAVING TO DO WITH THE SPEAKER'S COMMUNICATIVE INTENSIONS. AS A CONCLUSION, THE SPEAKER REFERS TO A PAST SITUATION BY MEANS OF THE PERFECT WHEN HE/SHE WISHES TO SIGNAL A CHANGE CONCERNING THE CONDITION OF A STATE OR ACTIVITY, INFORM OF THE ACCOMPLISHED 'PROGRESS SO FAR' OF A SCHEDULE, EXPRESS POLITENESS, PRESENT INFORMATION AS 'GIVEN', ORGINIZE A SMOOTH 'TOPIC SHIFT', INDICATE EMOTIONAL CLOSENESS TO AN OBJECTIVELY REMOTE SITUATION, AND, FINALLY, MAKE HIS/HER PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN NARRATION APPARENT.
Student: KONTOS NIKOLAOS (1990)|
Thesis title: Thematization and Information Dynamics in Translation
Supervising Committee: Kakouriotis Athanasios | Gkogkos Alexandros | Panagopoulos Eleftherios
Student: MILAPIDIS MICHAIL (1990)|
Thesis title: Aspects of Ellipsis in English and Greek
Translation: Μερικές πτυχές της Έλλειψης στην Αγγλική και Ελληνική
Supervising Committee: Efstathiadis Stathis | Gkogkos Alexandros | Koutoupi-Kitis Eliza
THIS STUDY IS CONCERNED WITH THE PHENOMENON OF ELLIPSIS. IT AIMS TO DESCRIBE SOME ASPECTS OF ELLIPSIS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND GREEK. THE CLOSE COMPARISON OF INSTANCES OF ELLIPSIS IN BOTH LANGUAGES ASPIRES TO BE OF CONSIDERABLE SIGNIFICANCE FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING. THE RESULTS FROM THE CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS RECONFIRM THE HYPOTHESIS THAT ELLIPSIS IS MORE FREQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED IN ENGLISH THAN IN GREEKAND THAT ELLIPTICAL CONSTRUCTIONS, FAR FROM BEING REDUCED FORMS OF THEIR PURPORTED EQUIVALENT FULL-FLEDGED CONSTRUCTIONS, DESERVE AN INDEPENDENT STATUS IN A COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF LANGUAGE USE.
Student: VALIOULI MARIA (1990)|
Thesis title: Anaphora, agreement and the pragmatics of "right dislocations" in Greek
Supervising Committee: Efstathiadis Stathis | Gkogkos Alexandros | Koutoupi-Kitis Eliza
"RIGHT DISLOCATIONS" IN GREEK ARE CLASSIFIED INTO SIX DIFFERENT CATEGORIES REFLECTING SIX DISTRICT COMMUNICATIVE FUNCTIONS AND ARE THUS SHOWN TO BE POWERFUL COMMUNICATIVE CONSTRUCTIONS AND/OR DEVICES, WHICH HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EITHERAFTERTHOUGHTIVENESS OR SYNTACTIC ANOMATY. THROUGHOUT THE ANALYSIS OF THE VARIOUS FACTORS AND PARAMETERS WHICH SEEM TO INFLUENCE THE ACCEPTABILITY/UNACCEPTABILITY OF "RIGHT DISLOCATIONS", AS WELL AS THROUGHOUT THE ANALYSIS OF THE ANAPHONIC AND AGREEMENT RELATIONS THAT HOLD BETWEEN THE CLITIC AND/OR ZERO ANAPHOR OF THE ANAPHONIC CLAUSE AND THE "RIGHT DISLOCATED" NP, THERE IS A RECURRENT OBSERVATION/CONCLUSION: THE INFLUENCE OF ALL RELEVANT FACTORS AND PARAMETERS ON THE ACCEPTABILITY/UNACCEPTABILITY OF "RIGHT DISLOCATIONS" IN GREEK IS DIRECTLY DEPENDED ON THE COMMUNICATIVE FUNCTION OF THE PARTICULAR CATEGORY OF "RIGHT DISLOCATION" USED.
Student: CHASIOTI TRIANTAFILLIA (9)|
Thesis title: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Literature: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis of Margaret Atwood's Novels
Translation: Μια διεπιστημονική προσέγγιση στη μελέτη της λογοτεχνίας: Γλωσσολογική ανάλυση των μυθιστορημάτων της Margaret Atwood ως Σώμα Κειμένων
Supervising Committee: Matthaioudakis Marina | Rapatzikou Tatiani | Goutsos Dionysios
This doctoral dissertation is an interdisciplinary study that seeks to apply Corpus Linguistics methodologies to the study of literature and, in particular, to the novels of the Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. The author’s ustopic trilogy will be studied and analyzed, focusing on the ways she creates and structures her unique textual reality in the MaddAddam trilogy.
The aim of the study is the design and compilation of a literary/ustopic corpus followed by the implementation of a discourse analysis approach. Specifically, the goal is the design of an original, interdisciplinary theoretical framework for the analysis of the literary corpus in question, MaddCorp. The theoretical framework combines elements of the dystopic and ustopic genres, text linguistics, narrative theory, as well as semantic linguistics. This research moves away from stylistic/formalistic approaches to the study of literature, attempting to offer a novel approach to the way linguistic production is received (and subsequently analyzed) in literature. Another aim is the ‘representation’ of the multi-layered and ‘multi-modal’ textual reality Atwood creates in the structure and interrelatedness of the corpus itself. The discussion of the findings based on the aforementioned methodology conjoins linguistic as well as literary theories and approaches and is expected to offer new insights with regard to the corpus compilation procedures currently available. Through the linguistic analyses, semantic interconnections are expected to arise that would have been impossible to discern without quantitative, corpus linguistics research; the qualitative discussion of said results will aim to investigate the ways in which linguistic findings and literary theories may be combined and effectively applied to research.
Student: SYRPA PANAGIOTA (9)|
Thesis title: A Cognitive Linguistics approach to Dimensional Adjectives: the case of big
Translation: Μία Γνωσιακή προσέγγιση στα επίθετα διαστάσεων: η περίπτωση του big
Supervising Committee: Athanasiadou-Gerothanasi Angeliki | Herbert L. Colston | Matthaioudaki Marina
This work employs the basic Cognitive Linguistics tools (Active Zones, Metonymy, Metaphor) to explore the ways a given adj+N construction (big+N) covers the whole spectrum from literal to figurative language. The different language areas on this spectrum are not clearly delineated or bounded, so they are approached and discussed as different knots on a continuum.
All the big+N constructions included in this PhD thesis come from the BNC and the CoCA and they are used to construct 3 different multi-versioned questionnaires in order to test the psychological reality of the linguistic evidence before any claim regarding the relation between thought and language is raised.
Student: DALPANAGIOTI DIMITRA (2)|
Thesis title: Η μετάφραση των έργων του Ουίλλιαμ Σαίξπηρ και η μεταβαλλόμενη έννοια της γυναικείας ταυτότητας στην Ελλάδα (1875-1955)
Translation: The translations of William Shakespeare's plays and the changing concept of womanhood in Greece (1875-1955)
Supervising Committee: Krontiris Stamtia | Avdela Effie | Lianeri Alexandra
The present thesis contributes to the ongoing academic debate about translation and gender by exploring the representation of William Shakespeare’s female dramatic characters in Greek translations of his plays. The study covers the time span of eighty years (c.1875-1955), an important period in terms of the changes that profoundly affected Greek women’s identity and social position. Five chapters constitute the main body of the thesis; each focuses on the translation of one or two Shakespeare plays and includes parallel comparative examination of preceding translations of each play. The exploration of the transformations of Shakespeare’s women begins with Dimitrios Vikelas’s appropriation of Desdemona (1875) and Lady Macbeth (1882) according to the model of womanhood suggested by the ideology of the upper-middle class mercantile diaspora. The study then focuses on Konstantinos Theotokis’s progressive reading of Desdemona (1915), which was influenced by his socialist, woman-friendly views. Next comes Nikos Velmos’s reconstruction of Cleopatra (1924) as a sympathy-triggering victim of love in the context of the experimentations of the 1920s. The final two main chapters examine Vasilis Rotas’s representation of Gertrude and Ophelia (1938) before World War II, and his portrait of Cleopatra (1954-1955) after World War II. My analysis of the above translations proves the adaptability of Shakespeare’s women and demonstrates that in being recurrently translated they are also reinterpreted in ways that, among other things, reflect the changing concept of womanhood in Greece and the translators’ attitude towards the woman issue. The reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s women seems to move, though in a non-linear fashion, from a conservative perspective of womanhood towards more progressive images of women, which criticize patriarchal conventions, and even reach the point of embracing androgyny.