English Language & Linguistics

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Professor Amalia Arvaniti

Professor of Linguistics

English Language & Linguistics

Office: Rutherford W4.S8

Office hours for Spring Term 2014: Thursdays 4 pm - 5 pm

Prof. Arvaniti received her Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge and has held research and teaching appointments at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, King's College London and the University of Cyprus. Prof. Arvaniti is one of the pioneers of Laboratory Phonology which uses experimental research methods to test linguistic models of sound structure. Her research on prosody, which has been widely published and cited, has yielded crucial insights into the production, perception and linguistic structure of intonation and has challenged traditional views on the nature of speech rhythm and rhythmic typology. A large part of her research has contributed significantly to our knowledge on Greek phonetics and phonology and to aspects of Greek dialectology and sociolinguistic variation.

Prof. Arvaniti's research has been supported by grants from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, the European Science Foundation and the Worldwide University Network, as well as be the University of Cyprus and UC San Diego intra-mural grants. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Phonetics, Phonology and Journal of Greek Linguistics, and regularly reviews submissions for over 40 international journals in linguistics and cognitive sciences, as well as funding bodies, publishers and confererence organisers. In 2011, Prof. Arvaniti became a member of the International Phonetic Association Council.

Publications 2013 & 2014

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  • Connell, B. A. & A. Arvaniti [editors] (1995) Phonology and Phonetic Evidence: Papers in Laboratory Phonology IV. Cambridge University Press.
  • Aggouraki, Y., A. Arvaniti, J. I. M. Davy, D. Goutsos, M. Karyolaimou, A. Panayotou, A. Papapavlou, P. Pavlou & A. Roussou [editors] (2001) Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Greek Linguistics. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press.
















  • Arvaniti, A. (2002). The intonation of yes-no questions in Greek. In M. Makri-Tsilipakou (ed.), Selected Papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, pp. 71-83. Thessaloniki: Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University. See Arvaniti, Ladd & Mennen (2006a)
  • Arvaniti, A. (2002) Dimorphy, diglossia and the emergence of Cypriot Standard Greek [in Greek]. Recherches en linguistique grecque, vol. I: 75-78. Paris: L' Harmattan. See Arvaniti (2010)
  • Arvaniti, A. & B. D. Joseph (2002) Modern Greek [b d g] in the early 20c.: Evidence from folk and rebetica songs. Recherches en linguistique grecque, vol. I: 67-70. Paris: L' Harmattan. (For a more detailed paper on the same topic, see Arvaniti & Joseph 2004.)
  • Arvaniti, A. & T. Pelekanou (2002) Postlexical rules and gestural overlap in a Greek spoken corpus. Recherches en linguistique grecque, vol. I: 71-74. Paris: L' Harmattan.
  • Arvaniti, A. & L. Taylor (2002) On the origins and scope of final lowering. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 112: 2443.






  • Arvaniti, A. (1997) Greek "emphatic stress": a first approach. Greek Linguistics 95: Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Greek Linguistics, vol. I: 13-24. The Department of Linguistics, University of Salzburg.




  • Arvaniti, A. (1992) Secondary stress: evidence from Modern Greek. In G. J. Docherty & D. R. Ladd [editors], Papers in Laboratory Phonology II: Gesture, Segment, Prosody. Cambridge University Press, 398-423.
  • Arvaniti, A. (1992) On stress clashes in Modern Greek. Progress Reports from Oxford Phonetics 5: 1-10. Oxford University Phonetics Laboratory. (See Arvaniti 1994)


  • Arvaniti, A. (1991b) Rhythmic categories: a critical evaluation on the basis of Greek data. Proceedings of the XIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, vol. 2: 298- 301. Universit de Provence, Service des Publications. (See Arvaniti 1994, Arvaniti 1991 and Arvaniti 2009.)


  • Arvaniti, A. (1990) Review of Botinis, A. (1989) Stress and prosodic structure in Greek, Lund University Press. Journal of Phonetics 18: 65-69.


  • Arvaniti, A. (1989) On a new conception of the metrical structure of Greek. Proceedings of the 3rd Symposium on the Description and/or Comparison of English and Greek: 159-182. Thessaloniki, Greece.
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Specialization: phonetics, phonology, sociophonetics

Subspecialties: the production and perception of prosody (especially of stress, rhythm and intonation), cross-linguistic intonational pragmatics, sociophonetics, Greek linguistics, English linguistics and dialectology, bilingualism

Main research languages: Greek, English, Romani

Number of major publications 2008-2013: 10 (7 journal papers and 3 book chapters)

Citations (all): 1806; h-index (all): 22; i-10 index (all): 37

Citations (since 2009): 813; h-index (since 2008): 15; i-10 index (since 2008): 24

Prof. Arvaniti's research focuses on the cross-linguistic study of speech prosody, particularly of intonation and rhythm and their interactions with stress, timing and prosodic phrasing. Much of her research integrates her interests in phonetics and phonology with her interest in language variation and change. Her research seeks to understand how prosody is produced and perceived, what its role is in language processing, and how its components interact with each other and with other parts of the grammar.

Her research on rhythm has scrutinized the production and perception basis of rhythm classes and currently explores alternative views of rhythm using both production and perception experiments. Her current research on intonation focuses on the investigation of cross-linguistic and cross-dialectal variation in the realization of focus and its repercussions for both intonational pragmatics and the phonology of intonation.

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Teaching 2013-2014

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

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Postgraduate supervision

Prof. Arvaniti welcomes inquiries from prospective graduate students interested in working on any topic pertaining to the production and perception of prosody, the relationship between phonetics and phonology, and the role of variation in language structure and use.

Undergraduate supervision

Prof. Arvaniti is interested in supervising on any areas related to sociophonetics and the production and perception of speech.

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On December 5, 2013, my former student Amanda Ritchart presented at the ASA (session 4pSCa) joint recent work that investigated the use of high rise terminals in SoCal English. A lay version of this research can be found at the lay language paper site of the Acoustical Society of America. A brief manuscript that we plan to submit to Proceedings of Meetings in Acoustics (POMA) can be downloaded from here. An updated version, to be presented at Speech Prosody 7, can be downloaded from here.

This research, which is still work in progress, has received a lot of attention in the press. Among others, coverage has appeared in the BBC site (no 1 in the most shared category on 8/12/2013), the Time magazine newsfeed, National Geographic, Washington Post, and NBC. I was interviewed for the BBC (Inside Science) and NPR (Science Friday), while we also received a shoutout from the Linguistic Society of America. For additional coverage, see SECL's news page.


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