Maria Varkanitsa

Research Student

Email: maria.varkanitsa.09@ucl.ac.uk

Principal Supervisor: Hans van de Koot

Subsidary Supervisor: Judit Druks

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Research Interests

Neurolinguistics; Syntactic phenomena in patients with aphasia; Covert scope extension in agrammatism

External Collaborations

Constantin Potagas, MD Assistant Professor, Neurology Department, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Dionysios Goutsos Associate Professor, Linguistics Department, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Dimitrios Kasselimis PhD student in Neuropsychology, Psychology Department, University of Crete

 

Publications


2013

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Evdokimidis, I., Druks, J. & van de Koot, H. (2013). Syntactic dependency resolution in Broca’s aphasia. Stem- Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 18 S01, 153-156.


Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Druks, J. & van de Koot, H. (2013). Processing of Contrastive Focus in agrammatism: The role of Predictability.  Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 94, 177-178. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042813031893

2012

Varkanitsa, M. (2012). Quantitative and error analysis of connected speech: Evidence from Greek-speaking patients with aphasia and normal speakers. In Fragaki, G., Georgakopoulos, A. & Themistocleous, C. (eds), Current Trends in Greek Linguistics (pp 313-338), Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Evdokimidis, I., van de Koot, H. & Druks, J. (2012). Is covert A’-movement available in agrammatic Broca’s aphasia? Evidence from scope ambiguity. Stem- Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 18, 124-127. http://rjh.ub.rug.nl/sstp/issue/view/423

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Evdokimidis, I., van de Koot, H. & Druks, J. (2012). Processing of covert scope inversion in Broca’s aphasia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 61, 277-278. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042812049324

2011

Druks, J., Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C. & Evdokimidis, I. (2011). Quantitative Analysis of Connected Speech in Aphasia: Insights from Greek-speaking Patients with Fluent and Non-fluent Types of Aphasia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 23, 125-126. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042811017307

Goutsos, D., Potagas, C., Kasselimis, D., Varkanitsa, M. & Evdokimidis, I. (2011). The corpus of Greek Aphasic Speech: Design and compilation. In Pastor, M.L.C. & Mora, M.A.C. (eds.), Actas del III congreso international de lingüística de corpus. AELINCO, Valencia 2011, 77-86.

Goutsos, D., Potagas, C., Kasselimis, D., Varkanitsa, M. & Evdokimidis, I. (2011). Studying paraphasias in the Corpus of Greek Aphasic Speech. In Potagas, C. & Evdokimidis, I. (eds), Speech and Memory, pp. 23-59. Athens: Synapsis. (in Greek)

2010

Varkanitsa, M. (2010). Negotiation of meaning and vocabulary acquisition in L1: A case study. In Vrynioti, E., Georgakopoulos, A., Themistocleous, C., Kontonikolis, C., Kousoulini, V., Papadopoulou, A., Stamatelopoulos, N., Fragaki, G. & Fragouli, N. (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Athens Postgraduate Conference of the Faculty of Philology National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 29-31 May 2009. Athens: UOA. (in Greek)

 

Presentations

2013

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Evdokimidis, I., Druks, J. & van de Koot, H. (2013). Memory deficits and ‘asyntactic’ comprehension in aphasia. Presented at the 31st European Workshop on Cognitive Neurospychology, 20-25 January, Bressanone, Italy.

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Druks, J. & van de Koot, H. (2013). Syntactic dependency resolution in Broca’s aphasia. Presented at the LAGB Annual Meeting, 28-31 August, London, UK.

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Druks, J. & van de Koot, H. (2013). Working Memory and syntactic dependency resolution in Broca’s aphasia. Presented at the Working Memory Resources in Language Processing and Acquisition Workshop, 27 September, Salerno, Italy.

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Druks, J. & van de Koot, H. (2013). Processing of Contrastive Focus in agrammatism: The role of Predictability. Presented at the 51th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, 20-22 October, Lucerne, Switzerland.

2012

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Evdokimidis, I., van de Koot, H. & Druks, J. (2012). Is covert A’-movement available in agrammatic Broca’s aphasia? Evidence from scope ambiguity. To be presented at the 13th Science of Aphasia international conference, 7-12 September, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C., Evdokimidis, I., van de Koot, H. & Druks, J. (2012). Processing of covert scope inversion in Broca’s aphasia. Presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, 28-30 October, San Francisco, California.

Varkanitsa, M. (2012). Processing of covert scope inversion in Broca’s aphasia: Evidence from Greek. Oral presentation at the UCL Linguistics PhD Day, 26 April, London.

2011

Druks, J., Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C. & Evdokimidis, I. (2011). Quantitative Analysis of Connected Speech in Aphasia: Insights from Greek-speaking Patients with Fluent and Non-fluent Types of Aphasia. Poster presented at the 49th Academy of Aphasia Annual Meeting, 16-18 October, Montreal.

Druks, J., Varkanitsa, M., Kasselimis, D., Potagas, C. & Evdokimidis, I. (2011). Quantitative Analysis of Connected Speech in Aphasia: Insights from Greek-speaking Patients with Fluent and Non-fluent Types of Aphasia. Poster presented at the British Aphasiology Society Biennial International Conference, 6-8 September, Reading.

2009

Varkanitsa, M. (2009). Negotiation of meaning and vocabulary acquisition in L1: A case study. Oral presentation at the 5th Athens Postgraduate Conference of the Faculty of Philology National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 29-31 May, Athens.

 

Teaching Experience/Responsibilities

Teaching assistant,

University College London:

  • Introduction to Syntax (for MA/MSc students), October 2012 – December 2013
  • Language Disorders: Topics in Aphasia and Dementia, January 2013 – March 2013, January 2012 – March 2012
  • Neurolinguistics: January 2013 – March 2014

External lecturer:

Language Disorders: Topics in Aphasia and Dementia, University College London

  • The Tree Pruning Hypothesis, January 2013
  • The Trace Deletion Hypothesis, January 2013
  • Time-based approaches to agrammatism, February 2013
  • Linguistics and agrammatism, February 2013
  • Aphasia and Linguistic Theory, Aegean Omiros College, February 2013

Organizing Committee

1st UCL Graduate Conference in Linguistics https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/research/linguistics/Events/introduction

Editorial

Editor of UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 24, 2012
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/research/linguistics/publications/uclwpl24