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Μarina Tzakosta (, )

Marina Tzakosta is Associate Professor of Language Development and Pedagogics of the Preschool Child at the Department of Preschool Education of the University of Crete in Rethymno. She graduated from the Department of Philology of the University of Crete in 1996 with a major in Linguistics and continued her MA studies at the same Department. Her MA thesis focused on the acquisition of the prosodic structure of Greek by monolingual children native speakers of Greek. She did her Ph.D. studies at the University of Leiden Center for Linguistics (ULCL) in the Netherlands between 2000 and 2004 as an Assistant in Opleiding (AIO). During her Ph.D. studies she spent almost two semesters as a research visitor at the Department of Linguistics UMass/ Amherst under the scientific guidance of Prof. John McCarthy and Prof. Joe Pater. In her Ph.D. dissertation she investigated the acquisition of stress in Greek drawing data from a Greek child speech database. This database consists of 113,935 lemmas and 52,573 utterances and they were collected during a longitudinal – almost 2 years study – from 11 monolingual preschool native speakers of Greek. The Greek child speech data is considered to be one of the biggest child speech databases in the world.   Her research interests focus on language development, both at the level of mother tongue acquisition (L1) as well second/ foreign language learning (L2), L1 and L2 teaching, Specific Language Impairment and deviations, language contact and language change, orthography evolution and change, dialectology and the teaching of dialects. Her works have been published in international conference proceedings, international journals, and edited volumes. She was awarded a postdoc scholarship by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (2005-2007) in order to conduct research on the acquisition of Greek compounding by L2 learners of Greek. She has participated as a research associate in the following programs:  
  • VOCALECT: Vowels of Greek Dialects: Phonetic and Phonological Analysis, Dialect Index Construction, and Diffusion of Results through Educational Material” (University of Ioannina) (2012-2015),
  • "Education of foreign and repatriated pupils" Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010-2012),
  • “Certified knowledge of Greek: Support and qualitative nomination of learning and teaching Greek as a second/ foreign language” (Center for the Greek Language) (2013-2015)
  • “Education of Muslim Students of Northern Greece, 2002-2004” (University of Athens) (2002-2004)
  • Teaching Greek as a second/ foreign language (University of Crete) (1997)
  She has been the principal coordinator of various research projects financed by the University of Crete (2009-2013) and the European Commission (LaDiva 2011-2014). In 2013 The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation offered her a grant in order to conduct research for year 2014. The Digital Museum of Greek Oral history is the product of this project ( More info regarding Marina Tzakosta’s work can be found at the and