Evangelia (Lila) Daskalaki
PhD, University of Cambridge
MPhil, University of Oxford
BA, University of Athens
Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2E7, Canada

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, at the University of Alberta, and a member of the St. George's Hellenic School of Edmonton, where I teach and prepare educational material on a volunteer basis.

I am interested in syntactic variation, both across languages and across populations. Using different methodologies (grammaticality judgments, elicitation, and corpora), I have worked on genetically unrelated languages (including Greek and Lushootseed), and I have addressed topics pertaining to:
  • The mechanics of case assignment in contexts of case conflict
  • The properties of long distance dependencies (interrogatives, relative clauses, and comparatives)
  • The interface properties of (resumptive) clitics​, relative pronouns (free and restrictive), and pronominal subjects (overt and null)
  • The distribution of indefinite/interrogative pronouns
  • The strategies of encoding location (prepositions and applicatives)

In addition, due to my involvement with the Greek community of Edmonton, I have developed an interest in the factors that influence the acquisition of heritage languages and in the transfer of linguistic insights into the teaching practice. To this end, I am currently investigating the effects of input factors in the acquisition of Greek as a heritage language, in collaboration with Dr. Froso Argyri (UCL), Dr. Vicky Chondrogianni (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Elma Blom (Utrecht University), and Dr. Johanne Paradis (University of Alberta).