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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga

Dr Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga
Affiliated Lecturer
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


I am currently an affiliated lecturer at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

I am also a Teaching Fellow and the Grant Project Administrator of the Systematicity and Variation In Word Structure Processing Across Languages: A Neuro-Typology Approach (SAVANT) project awarded to Linnaea Stockall and a team of researchers at Queen Mary, University of London.

I am a theoretical linguist investigating meaning in language. I investigate issues in semantics and its interfaces with syntax and pragmatics, as well as in language acquisition and bi- and multilingualism. In my post-doctoral research, I have been combining theoretical and experimental methods. I am also interested in philosophy of language.

My main area of research is generic generalisations (statements like ‘Tigers have stripes’ and ‘A cat lands on its feet’) drawing on data from mono- and bilingual adult and child populations (of Greek, English and Spanish).

Most recently, I was a post-doctoral researcher at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Artemis Alexiadou’s Research Unit on (Experimental) Syntax and Heritage Languages (RUESHeL). My main project was a psycholinguistic study on attrition among Greek-English bilingual speakers, which gave rise to a subsequent sociolinguistic study on language attitude.

I have worked as a visiting lecturer in (Formal) Semantics/Pragmatics at several universities in the UK and abroad (University of Cambridge, University of Greenwich, UCL, University of Crete, Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and as a visiting lecturer in Language Acquisition at QMUL.

My PhD dissertation (‘Cognitive science and language’ program at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) analysed the notion of definiteness and the interplay of the definite article with other determiners and quantifiers in Greek. My supervisors were Louise McNally and Josep Maria Brucart.

Research interests: 
  • Formal and Experimental Semantics and its Interfaces with Syntax and Pragmatics
  • Formal and Experimental Pragmatics
  • Cross-linguistic Semantics
  • Language acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Bi- and Multilingualism
Recent research projects: 

In 2014-15 I was a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the BA/Leverhulme funded project ‘Learning about the world through generic statements: a cross-linguistic perspective’ awarded to Dr Napoleon Katsos and Dr Linnaea Stockall.

Published works: 

Castroviejo, Elena, Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, Ponciano, Marta & Vicente, Agustin. (2021). Generics as default? Comparing the acquisition of universals and generics in Spanish. In Beltrama, A., Schwarz, F. and Papafragou, A. Proceedings of ELM 1. LSA. 90-100.

de Leeuw, Esther, Stockall, Linnaea, Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, and Gorba Masip, Celia. (2019). Illusory vowels in Spanish-English late bilinguals: Evidence that accurate L2 perception is neither necessary nor sufficient for accurate L2 production. Second Language Research. DOI:10.1177/0267658319886623

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, Katsos, Napoleon, and Stockall, Linnaea. (2019). Experimental evidence on genericity and universal quantification in Greek and English. In Chondrogianni, M., Courtenage, S., Horrocks, G., Arvaniti, A., and Tsimpli, I. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Greek Linguistics. London: University of Westminster, 171-182.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, Katsos, Napoleon, and Stockall, Linnaea. (2019). Generalising about striking properties: do glippets love to play with fire? Frontiers in Psychology. 10:1971. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01971

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, Stockall, Linnaea, and Katsos, Napoleon. (2019). Contextualising Generic and Universal Generalisations: Quantifier Domain Restriction and the Generic Overgeneralisation EffectJournal of Semantics, 36, 617-664,

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, and Alexiadou, Artemis. Genericity in Greek: an experimental investigation. (2019). In Gattnar, A., Hörnig, R., Störzer, M. & Featherston, S. (Eds.) Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2018: Experimental Data Drives Linguistic Theory. Tübingen: University of Tübingen.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra. Genericity. Cummins, C. and Katsos, N. (Eds.), (2019). Handbook of experimental semantics and pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 155-177.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, Stockall, Linnaea, and Katsos, Napoleon. (2017). A new look at the ‘Generic Overgeneralisation’ effectInquiry. DOI: 10.1080/0020174X.2017.1285993.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, Katsos, Napoleon and Stockall, Linnaea. (2017). Generic and Universal Generalisations: Contextualising the ‘Generic Overgeneralisation’ Effect. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London: UK: Cognitive Science Society, pp.724-729.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, Katsos, Napoleon, and Stockall, Linnaea. (2015). Genericity is easy? Formal and experimental perspectives. In Hansen, N. and Borg, E. (Eds.), RATIO 28(4), Special Issue: Investigating Meaning: Experimental Approaches, 470-494.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra. Distributivity and genericity in Greek: the case of kathe with the definite article. (2014). In Lavidas, N., Alexiou, T. and Sougari, A.M. (Eds.), Major Trends in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Selected Papers from the 20th ISTAL, v. 1, London: Versita de Gruyter, 369-384.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, and Alexandropoulou, Stavroula. (2013). A corpus study of Greek bare singulars: implications for an analysis. In Pires de Oliveira, R. (Ed.), Revista da ABRALIN, 12, 1, Special issue: Weak Definiteness and Referentiality, 233-251.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, and Stockall, Linnaea. (2013). Genericity, exceptions and domain restriction: experimental evidence from comparison with universals. In Chemla, E., Homer, V. and Winterstein, G. (Eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 325-343.