Angela Ralli is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Philology (Linguistics Division) of the University of Patras and ordinary member of the Academia Europaea. She has been 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), and Chair of the Department of Philology of the University of Patras (2006-2010).

Angela Ralli received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Montreal, 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 a special 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, about 180 peer-reviewed articles, has edited 20 collective volumes and has presented her work in 80 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), 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 in 33 international conferences, invited professor at 5 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, 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 a member of the supervising committee of 10 Ph.Ds, as well as the external examiner of 10 Ph.Ds in Greece and abroad. Eight of her ex-Ph.D students are currently employed in academic institutions. Angela Ralli has directed/directs 23 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 18 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 32 Erasmus agreements with Universities from 12 European countries and Turkey and 2 cooperation agreements with Canadian Universities.


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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