Motsiou Eleni

Ακαδημαϊκή Βαθμίδα: 
Theoretical Linguistics and Language Development
Telephone Number: 
24210 06361
emotsiou [at] uth [dot] gr


PhD in Linguistics (Psycholinguistics), Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Thesis:  “Metaphor and Children: developmental aspects” (grade: 10 – distinction)

Thesis Supervisors: Prof. A-F. Christides & I. Veloudis, Aristotle University of  Thessaloniki, Greece

 M.A. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. Graduate studies program (EPEAEK): “Teaching Greek as L1 or L2”. Faculty of Philology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (grade: excellent 9,27)

B.A. in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Department of Greek Language and Literature, Faculty of Philology, University of Ioannina, Greece. (grade 7,4)


              August 2014                    Lecturer in Linguistics

Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Thessaly, Volos – Greece

Subject field

"Theoretical linguistics and language development in monolingual & bilingual speakers”.

Sept. 2008-Feb. 2013       Adjunct Lecturer in Linguistics (full-time temporary lecturer). 

  1. Department of Preschool Education, University of Thessaly – Greece. Undergraduate courses taught:

Language Acquisition, Bilingual education in kindergarten, Linguistic materials in kindergarten, Introduction to General Linguistics.

    2. Department of Linguistics, University of Ioannina – Greece. Undergraduate courses taught:

Semantics, Historical grammar of Greek language, Modern Greek     Dialectology, Introduction to Indo-European linguistics

Other teaching positions

Dec.2006-May 2008                    Greek language instructor.

School of Modern Greek Language, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki - Greece.


Jan. 2004 – Aug. 2014                       Full time Research Associate in Lexicography

Institute for Modern Greek Studies (M. Triantafyllidis Foundation), Aristotle University, Thessaloniki – Greece.


Nov.1998 –Dec. 2000                  Research associate, Centre for the Greek Language, Thessaloniki – Greece.

Project title: “Electronic Portal for the support of Greek language teachers - Language: theory and teaching”. Supported by the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs.

Participation in research projects abroad

Sept. 2008-today:             Research Assistant 

Project title: "Widespread Idioms in Europe and Beyond" - A Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Research Project.

 Coordinator: Dr. Elisabeth Piirainen (Science Council of the European Society of Phraseology – EUROPHRAS).



1.Introduction to Language Development. (2014). Studio University Press: Thessaloniki. 

Publications in refereed journals

2.‘'Children’s spontaneous production of phrasemes: evidence from Greek-speaking children (ages 5 to 7)’'. (in press). Searching the World of the Child, OMEP Greece.

3. "Creativity in language development and the adult language". (in press). SYNAPSIS.

4. "Folk etymology in children' s speech". (2015). Pedagogical Review, 60.

5. ‘Comprehension and production of non-literal comparisons (NLC) via visual stimuli in children’. Co-authored with Douka, G., Papadopoulou, M.  (2014). Journal of Visual Literacy 33 (2).

6.“Lexical innovations in children’s speech: evidence from Greek”. (2012). Contrastive Linguistics 2: 22-31, St. Kliment Ochridski University Press. [in English]

7.“Features of first language lexical attrition”. (2011). Searching the World of the Child, OMEP Greece, v. 10: 47-56 (journal downloadable from [in Greek]

8.“Learning difficulties in preschool and school children. Written language, inhibition theory: educational implications” (2010). Paper in Collective Volume, Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Literacy: Writing and Writings in the 21st Century. The Challenge for Education: 165-175. Conference and Cultural Center of the University of Patras, Patras, Greece. At [in Greek]

9 .“Factors involved in the appearance of Learning Difficulties: the dominance of inhibition/ suppression” (2010).  International Journal of Learning 17 (1): 191-200.  [in English]

10 .“Metaphor and Learning Difficulties” [co-authored with G. Abatzoglou] (2010). Sychrona Themata, v.108: 15-18, Athens. [in Greek]

11. “Foreign/ Second language acquisition in preschoolers: some issues and trends”. (2009). Pedagogical Review, v. 48: 25-37, Pedagogical Society of Greece, Athens & Thessaloniki, Greece. [in Greek]

 Papers in Conference proceedings with review

12.“Fear and surprise: definitions and descriptions”. Co-authored with Valetopoulos, F. (in press). 11th ICGL Proceedings (International Conference of Greek Linguistics), University of the Aegean, 26-29 September 2012, Rhodes, Greece. [in Greek].

13.“Types of Pragmatic Phrasemes”. (2012). 10th ICGL Proceedings (International Conference of Greek Linguistics), Democritus University of Thrace, 1-4 September 2011, Komotini, Greece. [in Greek].

14. “Contrastive Phraseology: from theory to praxis”. (2009). Paper in Collective Volume, Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Greek Linguistics: 1027-1041, October 2007, Department of Linguistics, University of Ioannina. Ioannina, Greece. At [in Greek]

15.“Non-literality in child language and thought”. 2007. Studies in Greek Linguistics, v.27: 300-308, Thessaloniki, Greece. [in English & Greek]

16.“Metaphorical  explanations in the first school years”. 2002. Studies in Greek Linguistics, v. 22: 451-459, Thessaloniki, Greece. [in Greek]

17.“Homonymy and Polysemy in the Mental Lexicon”. 2001. Studies in Greek Linguistics, v. 21: 460-468, Thessaloniki, Greece [in Greek]


18.“Metaphor and Child: developmental aspects”. 2006. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. [in Greek] http://

19.“Perception of meanings with common word-forms: approaches to lexical semantic multiplicity” (MA Dissertation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece [in Greek]).



  • Greek (Modern): native
  • Russian: native
  • English: fluent (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)