Angela Ralli is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the Department of Philology (Linguistics Division) of the University of Patras. In 2013, she was elected ordinary member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2019, she was appointed member of the Academia’s Linguistics Committee. She also collaborates with the Athens-based ATHENA Research Center, where she is senior researcher of the ARCHIMEDES research Unit (https://archimedesai.gr/en). Since January 2024, she is member of the Scientific Council of the Humanities Section of the Greek Secretariat General of Research and Technology. She was part of the Patras University Council (2012-2017), founder and director of the Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects (2000-2020, http://lmgd.philology.upatras.gr), the only one in the Greek academic community, and chaired the Department of Philology of the University of Patras during the period 2006-2010.

Angela Ralli was born in Mytilene (island of Lesbos, Greece), and is wife of Eustratios Hadjipanayotis and mother of Panayotis. She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Montreal, and has conducted studies of philology and civilization in Perugia (Italy) and Grenoble (France). She speaks fluently four languages (Greek, English, French, Italian) and has a research competence in Turkish, Spanish and German.

Her main expertise area is theoretical morphology, particularly Greek morphology and its dialectal variation, and recently, she has developed an interest in language-contact issues. She is mainly interested in the Asia Minor Dialects (Aivaliot, Pontic Cappadocian), which were affected by Turkish, and in the Modern Greek Dialects influenced by Romance (e.g. South Italian Greek, Cypriot and Heptanesian). Her work is highly praised internationally and is cited in many influential studies. It deals with several issues of word formation, theoretical and applied, the relation of morphological change and language contact and the morphology of Modern Greek dialects. Until now, she has published 5 books, over 200 peer-reviewed articles, has edited 25 collective volumes and special issues of international journals. and has presented her work in over 100 international conferences. She is the founder and editor of Patras Working Papers in Linguistics, member of the editorial board of international journals (e.g., Word Structure), evaluator of research institutes, reviewer for many international journals (e.g. Morphology, Journal of Language Contact), publishing houses (e.g. Oxford University Press) and numerous international conferences, and has founded two biennial international conferences: Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (with Geert Booij and Sergio Scalise) and International Conference of Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory (with Brian Joseph and Mark Janse).

Angela Ralli is a leading scholar of international fame. She has been an invited professor at 44 European and American Universities, a keynote speaker at 37 international conferences, invited professor at 6 summer schools, and has been awarded the Canadian Faculty Enrichment Award (1999), the Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellowship (Princeton University, 2012), the VLAC Research Fellowship of the Flemish Royal Academy (2008, 2009 and 2014), the University of Diaspora Scholarship (2019, 2020, University of Cyprus) and the Inter-University Research Fellowships with Tilburg (1996), Catania and L’Aquila (2003), UQAM (2017) and Saint Petersburg (2020). She was/is the supervisor of numerous M.A theses and 18 Ph.D dissertations. Moreover, she was/is member of the supervising committees of 10 Ph.Ds and external examiner of 10 Ph.Ds in Greece and abroad. Eleven of her former Ph.D students are currently employed in academic institutions. Angela Ralli has directed/directs 24 European and Greek projects on morphology, the Greek immigrant speech, and language contact in Modern Greek dialects, two of which, THALIS and ARISTEIA, have been evaluated first and second in Greece, respectively, in the field of Humanities. She has participated / participates in 20 international projects, among which, those directed by colleagues in Cambridge, CNR (Pisa) and University of Quebec in Montreal.

Angela Ralli is very effective into achieving international collaborations. She has accomplished 31 Erasmus agreements with Universities from 12 European countries and Turkey, 2 cooperation agreements with Canadian Universities.

Contact: ralli@upatras.gr


Angela Ralli has studied Linguistics in Canada (Université de Montréal), and holds the titles Β.Α., Μ.Α. and Ph.D. in Linguistics. She has also studied language, literature and civilization in Italy (Perugia) and France (Grenoble).
During her graduate studies, she received the following scholarships: 

  1. Bourse d'Etude et de Perfectionnement de l'Enseignement Supérieur: Fonds de Recherche de l’Enseignement Supérieur, Gouvernement du Quebec, Canada (1978 – 1982).
  2. Graduate Studies Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada (1978, 1981, 1982).

Beside Greek, Angela Ralli speaks fluently English, French and Italian. She has also a basic knowledge of German, Spanish and Turkish.


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