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last name Vassiliou
first name Marina
nickname mvas
affiliation University Of Athens
main domain syntax
level medium
based in Greece
email marina.vassiliou @ gmail.com
grant none
hostel needs 1 bed in the hostel
confirmed yes
self-description I hold a first degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Theoretical Linguistics, both from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens. My field of interest is syntax within the framework of Generative Grammar. The subject of my Master’s thesis has been Ancient Greek infinitival constructions (status, distribution, infinitival subjects). Currently, I am a PhD student at the University of Athens, carrying on the same line of research. More specifically, I am studying the Ancient Greek infinitival constructions at a diachronic level, examining, among others, the nature and distribution of the infinitival subjects, grammaticalisation processes and the loss of infinitives in Modern Greek. In general, I have always been fascinated by the Generative Grammar model, which I consider to be very “mathematic”, this being the main reason why I find it so appealing. In particular, I have been primarily concerned with the theory of control, empty categories (especially PRO and pro), non-finite structures and case. Recently, I have translated into Greek Noam Chomsky’s book “New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind” (2005, Athens: Patakis Editions). Besides syntax, other areas of interest include semantics (especially formal semantics) and morphology (derivational processes in Greek). Apart from my PhD studies, I have been working since 2000 at ILSP research institute (Institute for Language and Speech Processing), where I have been involved in various R&D programmes and, most importantly, have discovered similarly motivating research areas such as machine learning, i.e. the design and development of algorithms that make it possible for a computer to “learn” (which I consider to be fairly correlated to Generative Grammar!). The reason for wanting to come to EGG is that my experience from previous summer schools I have attended has been extremeny positive. This is a nice chance for getting informed about new things, meeting new people, exchanging views with students and teachers with similar interests. In general, summer school attendance is a "prolific" process, which I would not like to miss. Besides, I think I will love Brno, as it is the home town of Milan Kundera, my favourite writer.

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