Who are the CAT people?

The team currently revolves around an ever-growing number of researchers and students from Cyprus and abroad. The following people constitute the core team (faculty members, researchers, postgraduate students):

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CAT Management

Kleanthes Grohmann, PhD (Director, Cyprus Acquisition Team)

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Kleanthes K. Grohmann is Professor of Biolinguistics in the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus and the founding Director the Cyprus Acquisition Team (CAT Lab). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2000 and has published widely in the areas of syntactic theory, comparative syntax, language acquisition, impaired language, and multilingualism. Among the books he has written and (co-)edited are Understanding Minimalism (with N. Hornstein & J. Nunes, 2005, CUP), InterPhases (2009, OUP), The Cambridge Handbook of Biolinguistics (with C. Boeckx, 2013, CUP), and the most recent e-book Developmental, Modal, and Pathological Variation: Linguistic and Cognitive Profiles for Speakers of Linguistically Proximal Languages and Varieties (with M. Kambanaros & E. Leivada, 2018, Frontiers in Psychology). He is co-editor of the book series Language Faculty and Beyond (with P. Pica, John Benjamins) and founding editor-in-chief of the open-access journal Biolinguistics.

Maria Kambanaros, PhD CSP MSPA (Clinical Assessor and Therapist, Cyprus Acquisition Team)

Maria Kambanaros received her PhD in 2004 from Flinders University of South Australia, School of Medicine, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology with the dissertation Verb and Noun Retrieval in Bilingual Greek-English Individuals with Anomic Aphasia. She has published several papers investigating word production breakdown for verbs and nouns for Standard Modern Greek in monolingual and bilingual aphasic adults. She has extended her interest in lexical access for verbs and nouns to other clinical populations including specific language impairment (SLI) and schizophrenia.
Email: maria DOT kambanaros AT cut DOT ac DOT cy

Natalia Pavlou, PhD (Special Scientist, Lab Coordinator)

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Natalia Pavlou received her Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2018 and before that an MA from the University of York in 2012 investigating errors in the acquisition of wh-questions. She has published in the areas of morphology and syntax in Cypriot Greek, including clitics, wh-questions, clefts and allomorphy, adopting theoretical and experimental approaches in her work. Natalia is also interested in minority languages in Cyprus and has conducted fieldwork in the Cypriot Maronite Arabic (Sanna) community in Northwestern Cyprus with an interest in contact-induced, emerged grammatical phenomena. Natalia has been one of the first student members of the Cyprus Acquisition Team and has participated in past research activities related to the language acquisition of different phenomena in Cypriot Greek. She is currently working as a Special Scientist at the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus, where she is teaching theoretical and applied linguistics.

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CAT Members

Nikoletta Christou, PhD Student

Nikoletta Christou is currently a PhD student at the University of Cyprus, in the Department of English Studies. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Athens, School of Philosophy-Faculty of Philology and a Master of Sciences in Developmental Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Her main research interest is the investigation of language acquisition in both typical and atypical monolingual, bilectal and bilingual populations in the multilingual environment of Cyprus.
Email: christou.c.nikoletta AT ucy DOT ac DOT cy, n1chr1stu AT gmail DOT com

Vasiliki Erotokritou, PhD Student

Vasiliki Erotokritou received her BA in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies from the University of Cyprus in 2012 and her MA in General Linguistics from the University of Konstanz (Germany) where she was actively involved in the Department of Linguistics as a Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant and Student Research Assistant. At present, Vasiliki is pursuing her PhD degree in Linguistics. Her topic is Experimental Approaches on Word Order in Greek under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Kleanthes Grohmann, Dr. Yoryia Agouraki, Prof. Dr. E. Phoevos Panagiotidis at the University of Cyprus while being a collaborator at the linguistic research team “Cyprus Acquisition Team” (CAT).
Websites: Personal Website,,

Leoni Gioti, PhD Student

Leoni Gioti is currently a PhD student.

Demetris Karayiannis, BA Student

Demetris Karayiannis is currently a BA student majoring in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus. His thesis project, supervised by Prof. Kleanthes K. Grohmann, explores impaired syntax in Cypriot Greek-speaking populations with neurogenic conditions.
Website: Personal Website, Contact Details

Eleni Th. Papadopoulou, PhD Student

Eleni Papadopoulou received her BA in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies in 2009 and her MA in Language Pedagogy from UCY in 2013. She is currently working towards a PhD supervised research by Dr. Kleanthes K. Grohmann in Linguistics at the UCY. The current PhD research project investigates the linguistic-cognitive profile of typical developing bilectal Cypriot-Greek children from 5 to 7 years old.
Email: epapad06 AT ucy DOT ac DOT cy

Maria Tenizi, PhD Student

Maria Tenizi received her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus in 2010, and her MA in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the same university in 2012. She is currently a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Cyprus. Her current PhD research investigates the relation between do-support, in English and in Monnese, and its relation to a type of clefting / comp-support found in Cypriot Greek. Her interests extend to theoretical applications of syntax, and the clausal left periphery as well as the study of dialectology and language variation.
Email: tenizi.maria AT ucy DOT ac DOT cy
Website: Personal Website

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CAT Friends & Collaborators

Friends of CAT and occasional collaborators include the following colleagues:

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  • Alexandra Charalambous, MA
  • Dr. Alexia Galati (UCY Psychology)
  • Aljona Shelkovaya, MA (UCY English)
  • Assoc. Prof. Androulla Yiakoumetti (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Dr. Antri Kanikli (University of Central Lancaster–Cyprus)
  • Dr. Charley Rowe
  • Assoc. Prof. Christiane Bulut (UCY Turkish)
  • Lect. Dina Tsagari (UCY English)
  • Asst. Prof. Elena Loizou (UCY Education)
  • Assoc. Prof. Fabienne Baider (UCY French)
  • Prof. Fofi Constantinidou (UCY Psychology)
  • Lect. George Spanoudis (UCY Psychology)
  • Ioli Ayiomamitou, MA (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Kakia Petinou (Cyprus University of Technology)
  • Katerina Konstantzou, MA (University of Athens)
  • Prof. Konstantinos Fokianos (UCY Statistics)
  • Marina Agathocleous, MA
  • Lect. Michalis Michaelides (UCY Psychology)
  • Asst. Prof. Nicholas Mousoulides (University of Nicosia)
  • Assoc. Prof. Panayiotis Pappas (Simon Fraser University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Phoevos Panagiotidis (UCY English)
  • Lect. Simoni Symeonidou (UCY Education)
  • Lect. Sonja Eisenbeiss (University of Essex)
  • Dr. Spyros Armostis (UCY English)
  • Assoc. Prof. Stavroula Tsiplakou (Open University of Cyprus)
  • Dr. Theoni Neokleous
  • Assoc. Prof. Timothy Papadopoulos (UCY Psychology)
  • Asst. Prof. Yoryia Agouraki (UCY Greek)
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CAT Students

Here is a list of some of the students that are engaged in CAT, especially the RMEDTutorials but also some research projects:

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  • Andreani Perikleous
  • Andreas Pingouras
  • Andrie Constandinou
  • Antigoni Charalambous
  • Aphrodite Constantinides
  • Christina Panteli
  • Christina Yiannapi (CG-DS MorphoSyntax)
  • Christos Christopoulos
  • Elena Onisilou
  • Eleni Papadopoulou (LexiKyp Project)
  • Evi Apostolou
  • Georgia Stylianidou
  • Katerina Charalambous
  • Nicos Peel (LexiKyp Project)
  • Rafaella Sofocleous
  • Sara Lucantoni
  • Stavroulla Georgiou
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Former CAT Affiliates

Our former CAT members and students include:

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  • Anna Epistithiou, BA
  • Anna Ioannidou, BA
  • Antonis Koudellaris, BA
  • Athina Skordi, MSc
  • Charalambos Themistocleous, PhD
  • Christiana Christodoulou, Marie Curie Fellow (European Commission)
  • Chrystalla Michael, BA
  • Dimitris Solomou, BA
  • Eleni Theodorou, PhD MSc SLT
  • Evangelia Leivada, MA
  • Koula Tantele, MSc
  • Lena Papadopoulou, PhD candidate in Psycholinguistics (University of Essex)
  • Loukia Taxitari, PhD
  • Marina Varnava, MA
  • Polyxeni Charalambous, BA
  • Skevi Hatjiefthymiou, BA
  • Skevi Mavroudi, BA
  • Stella Vorka, MSc
  • Sviatlana Karpava, MA

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