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From linguistic theory to practice

UCLan Cyprus TESOL Team

From linguistic theory to practice: some tips for the perplexed’
E. Phoevos Panagiotidis
Wednesday 17 April 17:30-18:30

There is a perceived gap between theoretical research in the language sciences, Theoretical Linguistics in particular, and their applications. This talk will discuss why we need theory, what we can do with it and what Applied Linguistics and research into Language Acquisition (L1 and L2) looks like without a solid foundation in Theoretical Linguistics.


Theoretical linguist. He read Philology (majoring in Linguistics) at the University of Athens (1995) and graduated with an MA in Linguistics from UCL in 1997. In 2000 he was awarded a PhD in Linguistics for his thesis “Pronominals and empty noun heads: ‘pronominality’ and licensing in Syntax” by the University of Essex, published as a monograph in 2002.
From 2000 to 2002 he taught Developmental Linguistics and Psycholinguistics in Middlesex University and Birkbeck College (University of London), as well as English Linguistics for the Open University. In 2002 he moved to Cyprus and worked as Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Humanities at Cyprus College – of which he served as Chair between 2005 and 2007. In 2006 he organised the Edges in Syntax conference, part one of the Cyprus Syntaxfest. In 2007 he joined the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus as Assistant Professor of Linguistics and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.

He has presented over one hundred papers and talks and has published extensively in journals (Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Syntax, The Linguistic Review, Studia Linguistica, Journal of Linguistics and Lingue e Linguaggio) and jointly authored volumes. He has written on issues in language and Linguistics in Greek language newspapers since 2006.

He is the editor of ‘Complementizer Phase: subjects and operators’, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. He is also the author of a Greek-language popular science introduction to Linguistics, published by Crete University Press. Finally, his monograph Categorial Features: a generative theory of word class categories will be published in the Cambridge Studies in Linguistics series of Cambridge University Press in 2014.