Katerina Chatzopoulou

Lecturer of Modern Greek
Rosenwald 205C
Office Hours: by appointment
PhD, University of Chicago, 2012
Research Interests: Language change, semantics, syntax, philosophy of language, classical philosophy

Katerina Chatzopoulou is a Lecturer of Modern Greek at the Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago and an Instructor of Classical Philosophy in the Association of Ancient Greek Philosophy ‘syn Athena’ in Kavala, Greece. Her research interests span from historical semantics and evolutionary syntax to political philosophy and the popularization of science. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Philology and Linguistics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she also concluded a Master’s degree in Ancient Greek Philology, with focus on the philosophy of Plato and ancient Greek linguistic theories. She defended her PhD thesis titled 'Negation and Nonveridicality in the history of Greek' at the University of Chicago in 2012.  

She studies nonveridical marking from a typological perspective (diachronic and crosslinguistic) working through corpora and databases, as well as descriptive grammars. She is a founding member and president of the Association of Ancient Greek Philosophy ‘syn Athena’ since 2012, which offers weekly virtual sessions on classical philosophical texts of both linguistic and political interest. She has held presentations on platonic works (Republic, Laws, Phaedo, Meno, Parmenides, Timaeus, Critias, Statesman, Sophist, Letters) and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetorics and Organon, as well as Stoicism and Pyrrhonean Scepticism (Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism). The association organizes two biannual conferences, one in political philosophy (since 2014) and one in epistemology (since 2015).


Recent Publications



2019. Negation and nonveridicality in the history of Greek. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2020. Topics in ancient Greek Philosophy Ι [In Greek: Θέματα Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Φιλοσοφίας Ι]. Athens: Ammon.

2020. Topics in ancient Greek Philosophy. ΙI [In Greek: Θέματα Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Φιλοσοφίας IΙ]. Athens: Ammon.


Selected papers:

[to appear] Signaling the unreal in language evolution: locating irrealis syntactic projection in phylogenetic time. Syn-Thèses 14: Epistemology and Semiotics: Information and Sign.

2021. The history of Greek conditionals & one modal cycle. Journal of Historical Syntax 5(19).1-47.

2018. Language & eschatology: the diachronic marking of nonveridicality and the consolation of linguistics. [In Greek: Γλώσσα & εσχατολογία: η διαχρονική σήμανση της μη αληθειακότητας & η παραμυθία της Γλωσσολογίας]. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of Greek Linguistics, Faculty of Linguistics, Department of Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 255-270.

2017. Language evolution & technological wisdom: from Arthur (2009) to Protagoras. [In Greek: Γλωσσική εξέλιξη και ἔντεχνος σοφία: από τον Arthur (2009) στον Πρωταγόρα]. Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Epistemology of the Association of Ancient Greek PhilosophyPhilosophia Ancilla Concilium II, ed. by Konstantina Katsarou & Maria Papanikou, 191-208. Kavala: Saita.

2014. The Greek Jespersen’s Cycle: Renewal, stability and structural microelevation. In Language Change at the Syntax-Semantics Interface, ed. by Chiara Gianollo, Agnes Jäger, Doris Penka, 323-354. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.