L I N G U I S T I C S is the scientific study of human language. It is about the knowledge of language that we all have in our heads. Linguists don't make up rules nor do they instruct on how to `speak right'. Rather, they observe how people actually speak, and try to figure out what rules they - unconsciously - follow and what goes on in their brain.


Research Profile

Currently I am a Lecturer in Linguistics in the University of Salford, Manchester. I am also a honorary research associate at UCL.. My main research interests revolve mostly around the interaction between the configurational (i.e.structural) and non-configurational (i.e. discourse-configurational) aspect of natural language, the syntactic properties of Verb-initial languages, the morpho-syntax and the semantics of doubling phenomena, the so-called Syntax--Conceptual/Intentional Interface and the linearisation of syntactic structures. I also focus on natural language development and psycholinguistics, with a keen interest in the acquisition of discourse functions and the parsing of speech disfluencies.


January 2007-January 2011:
PhD in Linguistics, Research Department of Linguistics, UCL, UK.

September 2004-September 2005:
MA in Theoretical Linguistics, (former) Department of Linguistics & Phonetics, UCL,UK.

September 1999-July 2003:
BA in Classics, Literature & Linguistics, Department of Philology, University of Ioannina,Greece.

September 1996-June 1999:
Lyceum 'Apolytirion', 2nd High School of Kastoria, Greece.


Kechagias, A (in preparation). An experimental analysis of object non-focal left dislocation in Greek

Kechagias, A. (submitted). A morpho-syntactic analysis of doubling in Greek and its significance for the theory of doubling. Lingua.

Kechagias, A. (submitted). Re-thinking of the Greek VOS orders: Evidence from Secondary Predication. Linguistic Inquiry Squib.

Kechagias, A. (forthcoming). The Syntax-C/I Interface: Functional Discrepancies between CLLD and ‘Bare Left Dislocation’ in Modern Greek. Proceeding of the 20th International Symposium in Theoretical & Applied Linguistics, Thessaloniki 2011. Downloadable at: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz?_s=nmPT67lTPZCKCmZQ&_k=fODDQhDG1r1UBs53

Kechagias, A. (2011). A new look at Clitic Doubling in Standard Modern Greek. UCL Working Papers, vol. 22. Downloadable at: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz?_s=nmPT67lTPZCKCmZQ&_k=Fk1dLM6sGFUJFZbs

Kechagias, A. (2011). Regulating Word Order in Modern Greek: Verb-initial and non-Verb-Initial orders and the Conceptual/Intentional Interaface. Doctoral Dissertation, UCL. Link: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1317764/1/1317764.pdf

Kechagias, A. (2010). Some remarks on the syntax & intonation contour of verb-initial orders in Modern Greek. In Proceedings of the of the 19th International Symposium in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Thessaloniki 2009. Downloadable at: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz?_s=nmPT67lTPZCKCmZQ&_k=eueJC-aen7vgC8to

Kechagias, A. (2009). The VSO-VOS Alternation in Modern Greek: Syntax Revisited. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, vol 20 (2009). Link: http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/linguistics/publications/WPL/08papers/Kechagias%20final.pdf

Kechagias, A. (2005). Generating words: Compounding in Modern Greek. Unpublished MA dissertation. Link: http://freepdfhosting.com/b76fe44abb.pdf

As a Lecturer:

September 2012--, School of Humanitites, Languages and Social Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester

As a Visiting Lecturer:

Spring Term 2011-2012, School of English Language & Communication, University of Hertforshire

Spring Term 2010-2011 Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster.

As a Teaching Associate:

Spring Term 2011-2012, School of Film, Languages and Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London

As a Teaching Assistant

2008-2011: Teaching Assistant, Research Department of Linguistic, UCL.


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  1. I was born and raised in Kastoria, a small but very beautiful (check out yourselves) city in West Macedonia, Northern Greece. And before you start imagining never-ending sun, high temperatures and all, this is how Kastoria looks like in a typical winter.
  2. I am a big fan of football. My absolute favourite club is Panathinaikos FC (and yes, right guess, I hate Olympiacos FC). When it comes to English football, I have a soft spot for Arsenal FC.
  3. I am a sucker for good music. Some of my favourite bands and artists are The Smiths, Oasis, The Cure, U2, Roxette, The Knife, Fever Ray, Bat for Lashes, Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, The National etc. My absolute all-time favourite song is this one. (and as a runner-up, this one).
  4. If you ever find me in the pub, please refrain from uttering things like: