Research: further details

Since publishing my book, I have continued to research questions connected with mood and modality in the Greek language, using findings from grammaticalisation, comparative philology and generative syntax. Two of my main recent research areas are negation and conditional sentences.


Throughout the history of the language, Greek has a particularly interesting system of negation. Considering questions of negator choice, sentential vs contistuent negation and negative concord, I am investigating how the system changed over time and how it interacts with the system of modality. This research has been published as one chapter of The Development of Negation edited by David Willis et al., and published by OUP. You may download the latest draft of this work here.

Collaborating with their AHRC-funded project 'The Development of Negation in the Languages of Europe', I spoke on this topic at the Continuity and Change in Grammar conference in Cambridge in March 2008 and the 29th Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics in Thessaloniki, Greece in May 2008. You can download the paper I wrote for the latter here.


My work on conditional sentences, comparing grammatical evidence from ancient Greek and English, has led me to argue that previous descriptions of their meaning has not accounted for the use of moods in this environment. I propose a different approach, which feeds in to wider questions of how the term 'irrealis' should be used in 'maps' of modality. I talked on this topic in the 3rd International Conference on Modality in English, part of the 18th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics in Thessaloniki, Greece, in May 2007. You can download my hand-out here.