Maria Kaltsa

Maria Kaltsa
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | AUTH · Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Doctor of Philosophy

About

24
Publications
2,407
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
96
Citations
Additional affiliations
October 2016 - present
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Research Methods - MA in Linguistics
October 2012 - September 2015
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Thalis Project: Bilingual Acquisition & Bilingual Education: The Development of Linguistic & Cognitive Abilities in Different Types of Bilingualism (BALED)
Education
April 2008 - July 2012
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Field of study
  • Psycholinguistics
September 2006 - July 2007
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Linguistics
September 2001 - March 2006
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Field of study
  • Philosophy

Publications

Publications (24)
Article
Full-text available
The present study examines the processing of subject-verb (SV) number agreement with coordinate subjects in preverbal and postverbal positions in Greek. Greek is a language with morphological number marked on nominal and verbal elements. Coordinate SV agreement however is special in Greek as it is sensitive to the coordinate subject’s position: whe...
Article
Full-text available
Several studies of different bilingual groups including L2 learners, child bilinguals, heritage speakers and L1 attriters reveal similar performance on syntax-discourse interface properties such as anaphora resolution (Sorace, 2011 and references therein). Specifically, bilinguals seem to allow more optionality in the interpretation of overt subjec...
Article
Efforts to impose linguistic uniformity have resulted in significant loss of dialectal variation in Greece thus rendering Greek dialectal syntax difficult to study. The present article aims to shed light on an understudied area of Greek dialectal syntax, namely the organization of information structure in Pontic Greek. Through empirical work, it is...
Article
We investigate the effects of the historical language contact of Modern Greek (MG) with Vlach Aromanian (VA) in bilingual speakers of three generations living in Epirus, Greece. We focus on a VA variety spoken in a specific language community, with our study constituting one of the early attempts in this field of research. (1) Background: Given tha...
Presentation
Historical and sociocultural reasons in contexts of language contact can lead to language change, attrition and death [1], [2], [3]. In cases of persistent and long-term language contact these processes are driven by bilingualism with one language being dominant because of its status as majority language and the heritage/home language being the end...
Conference Paper
The study examines bilingual speakers of a heritage language, a variety of Vlach Aromanian (VA) spoken in Greece as well as of Standard Modern Greek (SMG). VA is a morphologically rich language (Katsanis & Dinas, 1990; Campos, 2005), however, VA varieties are characterized by high degree of microparametric variation (Mavrogiorgos, 2017). Crucially,...
Article
Full-text available
This is the first attempt to profile the heritage speakers of an endangered spoken only variety of Vlach Aromanian in Greece. Neither the variety nor its speakers have been investigated before; hence the study also aims at evaluating the exact state of endangerment of the Sirrako variety, as this is revealed by the language practices and skills of...
Conference Paper
The study examines the profile of bilingual speakers of a heritage language, a variety of Vlach Aromanian (VA) spoken in Northwest Greece who are also speakers of Standard Modern Greek (SMG), along with their language practices in spontaneous speech production. VA is a morphologically rich language with earlier studies in other varieties of VA (Kat...
Conference Paper
The study investigates the language practises and attitudes of Vlach Aromanian (VA) heritage speakers. Our informants are bilingual speakers of VA spoken in Northern Epirus, Greece and Standard Modern Greek (SMG). A background questionnaire examining language practises in each language across the life span was employed in order to profile our speak...
Article
Full-text available
Research findings on the role of home language practices in bilingual families suggest a positive effect of the extensive use of the minority language at home in the development of that language (De Houwer 2007), along with a strong input quantity correlation to vocabulary development in particular (Cobo-Lewis et al. 2002). Moreover, parental socio...
Conference Paper
The aim of the study is to examine the effect of sentential context on lexical ambiguity resolution in monolingual speakers of Greek, specifically, typically developing children and adults. Context processing has been investigated mostly with single-word semantic priming paradigms; however, natural language comprehension depends on more than semant...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
The present study examines how bilingualism, age of onset (AoO) of exposure to Greek and degree of literacy affect the performance of Greek/Albanian bilingual children on a Sentence Repetition (SR) task. Sixty 8 to 10-year-old children were tested, twenty per group, i.e. monolinguals, simultaneous bilinguals and late-sequential bilinguals. The anal...
Conference Paper
Based on previous research findings showing that quantity, as well as quality of input impact on bilingual grammatical growth, the aim of this paper is to examine the effect of oral input and literacy on the grammatical abilities of Greek-Albanian primary school-aged bilingual children. Two grammar tasks were designed, a Gender Task (GT) and a Sent...
Article
Aim The present study examines input and literacy effects in simultaneous and sequential bilinguals with the aim of (a) investigating the differences between bilingual and monolingual populations and (b) disentangling the individual contribution of different factors in bilingual syntactic abilities. Methodology A sentence repetition task (SRT) in...
Article
2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group The aim of this experimental study is to examine the development of gender assignment and gender agreement in bilingual Albanian-Greek and English-Greek children as well as the exploitation of gender cues on the noun ending in real and pseudo-nouns. Four gender tasks were designed, two targ...
Article
The aim of this experimental study is to examine the development of gender assignment and gender agreement in bilingual Albanian-Greek and English-Greek children as well as the exploitation of gender cues on the noun ending in real and pseudo-nouns. Four gender tasks were designed, two targeting gender assignment (determiner + noun production) and...
Article
Aim: The objectives of this study are to examine (a) the development of gender assignment and agreement in real and pseudo nouns by bilingual Greek-Albanian children and (b) how different input related factors impact on these different processes. Methodology: Real and pseudo nouns were investigated to assess the effect of lexical knowledge (real no...
Article
The aim of this experimental study is to examine the development of Greek gender in bilingual English-Greek and German-Greek children. Four gender production tasks were designed, two targeting gender assignment eliciting determiners and two targeting gender agreement eliciting predicate adjectives for real and novel nouns. Participant performance w...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
The aim of this study is to examine the development of gender assignment and gender agreement in bilingual Greek-Albanian children through the exploitation of gender cues on the noun ending in real and novel nouns. To this end, four gender tasks were designed, two targeting gender assignment and two gender agreement for both real and novel nouns. P...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Project (1)
Project
Vlach Aromanian in Epirus, Greece: Language Contact and Bilingualism