Guest lectures on Greek: Dr. Ioanna Manolessou

Dr. Ioanna Manolessou (Academy of Athens), is visiting in our project Digital Grammar of Greek Documentary Papyri (PapyGreek), and is giving two public lectures. All welcome!

Talk 1 : Dialect genesis in post-classical Greek

Helsinki Research of the Ancient World (HelRAW)

When: March 14th, 2022, at 17:15 (UTC+2)

Where: Psychologicum 229 (Siltavuorenpenger 1 A) and on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 691 3070 0271

Passcode: 645095

Event page: /en/news/language-culture/helraw-ioanna-manolessou-14.3.2022-0


The talk revolves around the major question of the dialectal split of the Greek language after the Hellenistic Koine. It offers a series of methodological principles for linguistic research on Post-classical, Medieval and Modern Greek, distilled from years of work on the Grammar of Medieval and Early Modern Greek and on the Historical Dictionary of Modern Greek, together with some innovative suggestions for the pathways and patterns of change which led to the genesis of dialectal differentiation.


Talk 2: Vox Neograeca: investigating sound change in the history of Greek

Classics research seminar

When: March 16, 2022 at 16.15

Where: Metsätalo, hall 2 (Unioninkatu 40) and online:


The paper discusses the methods and evidence for investigating sound change/pronunciation change in the history of Greek, and in particular post-classical and Medieval Greek. The discussion will be illustrated with illustrative examples from different types of evidence, such as spelling mistakes, metalinguistic comments, and trancriptions/transliterations in other scripts.


In addition, Dr. Manolessou will give an online presentation on Tuesday, March 15, 18.30 GMT (Greek Dialogue Online, Cambridge Centre for Greek Studies / Cambridge University):

"An uncommonly woundabout way of getting anywheah”: on investigating Greek language history, with an emphasis on Tsakonian