Dr Christiana Themistocleous
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Director of BA Programme in English Language and Linguistics
Departmental Director of Teaching and Learning.
Christiana teaches the following modules:
LS1ELS English Language in Society
LS2LAG Language and Gender
Christiana currently supervises/co-supervises 5 PhD students.
Areas of Interest
Christiana's main interests fall within the area of sociolinguistics and multilingualism.
Her current research explores multilingualism in borderline communities affected by conflict. Focusing on the case of Cyprus, and in particular the Greek-Turkish Cypriot divide, Christiana investigates how public spaces are socially constructed through the use of publicly visible multilingual signs. Using the Linguistic Landscape approach she investigates identities and ideologies that relate to migration, displacement, conflict, tolerance and social cohesion. Also, using ethnographic approaches, she explores how social actors experience and perceive multilingual spaces. In her previous work, Christiana studied the representation of multilingualism in the media, as well as social functions of code-switching, focusing on identity construction.
Research groups / Centres
- Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism
- BAAL Multilingualism SIG
BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant: Experiencing multilingual spaces in borderline communities affected by conflict: The case of Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots in Cyprus.
- Themistocleous, C. (2019) Conflict and unification in the multilingual landscape of a divided city: the case of Nicosia's border. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 40 (2). pp. 94-114. ISSN 1747-7557 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2018.1467425
- Jaworska, S. and Themistocleous, C. (2018) Public discourses on multilingualism in the UK: triangulating a corpus study with a sociolinguistic attitude survey. Language in Society, 47 (1). pp. 57-88. ISSN 0047-4045 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404517000744
- Themistocleous, C. (2015) Digital code-switching between Cypriot and Standard Greek: performance and identity play online. International Journal of Bilingualism, 19 (3). pp. 282-297. ISSN 1756-6878 doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006913512727
- Sophocleous, A. and Themistocleous, C. (2014) Projecting social and discursive identities through code-switching on facebook: the case of Greek Cypriots. Language@Internet, 11. article 5. ISSN 1860-2029
- Themistocleous, C. (2011) The use of Cypriot Greek in synchronous computer-mediated communication: first findings. In: Actes du 30e Colloque International de Linguistique Fonctionnelle, Cyprus.
- Themistocleous, C. (2010) Linguistic innovations in IRC: Cypriot-Greek phonological features. In: Jorgensen, J. N. (ed.) Vallah, Gurkensalat 4U & me! Current perspectives in the study of youth language. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 113-129. ISBN 9783631601433
- Themistocleous, C. (2010) Online orthographies. In: Taiwo, R. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Discourse Behaviour and Digital Communication: Language Structures and Social Interaction. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 318-334. ISBN 9781615207732
- Themistocleous, C. (2010) Writing in a non-standard Greek variety: Romanized Cypriot Greek in online chat. Writing Systems Research, 2 (2). pp. 155-168. ISSN 1758-6801 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/wsr/wsq008
- Themistocleous, C. (2009) Written Cypriot Greek in online chat: Usage and attitudes. In: 8th International Conference on Greek Linguistics, 30 August - 2 September 2007, Ioannina, Greece, pp. 473-488.
PhD Linguistics (University of Manchester)
MA Linguistics (University of Manchester)
BA (Hons) English Language and French (Anglia Ruskin University)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)