Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou


Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou is Professor of Linguistics, in the Linguistics Department of the School of Philology, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece. She got her B.A. (major in Physics) in the U.S. and her PhD (Kommunikationsforschung) in Germany, where she first got involved in the women’s movement and women’s studies activities.

She has been a member of the Women’s Studies Group at AUTh, from its beginning (1983) to its end a few years ago, and has been engaged in numerous efforts to establish some form of Gender Studies at the same university. Her participation in ATHENA, more specifically in the Travelling Concepts working group, helped overcome some of the accumulated frustration. As of recently --thanks to the EU--several projects on ‘Issues of Gender and Equality’ have been made possible in Greece. Among them, the Interdepartmental Undergraduate Studies Program on Issues of Gender and Equality at AUTh, which she is (co-)coordinating together with other colleagues.

Soula’s research interests lie in the intersection of linguistic pragmatics and sociolinguistics, including of course the relationship between language and gender (see publications below). Her courses move along similar lines, but have been augmented in the last three years with an introductory course on gender studies, as a consequence of the above mentioned interdepartmental program.

She is currently in charge of a research project on language and gender.

Some Other Offices/Activities

Selected Recent Publications


in press, (ed.), Gender Studies:Trends/Tensions in Greece and other European countries. Thessaloniki : Zitis .

2003, Επίπεδα γλωσσικής ανάλυσης.[Levels of linguistic analysis.] 3d edition. Thessaloniki: Paratiritis.

2002, (ed.), Γλώσσα-γένος-φύλο [Language - (grammatical) gender – (social) gender]. Thessaloniki: Paratiritis.

2002, (co-edited with K. K. Luke), Telephone calls: Unity and diversity in conversational structure across languages and cultures Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Articles in Journals/Books:

2004, (with A. Alvanoudi and Ch. Kapellidi ), Γραμματικό γένος και σημασιακό περιεχόμενο: προκαταρκτικές παρατηρήσεις για τη λεξιλογική αναπαράσταση των φύλων. [Grammatical gender and semantic content: preliminary remarks on the lexical representation of the genders]. Studies in Modern Greek 24: 543-553.

2003, Patterns of participation in classroom interaction: girls’ and boys’ non-compliance in a Greek high school. Linguistics and Education 2003: 123-141.

2003 , Women, gender and Modern Greek. In Hellinger M. & H. Bussmann (eds) Gender across languages: The linguistic representation of women and men. Vol. III, 175-199. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

2001 , Politeness in the classroom? Evidence from a Greek high school. In Linguistic politeness: the case of Greece and Turkey, A. Bayraktaroglu and M. Sifianou (eds), 105-136. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

2000 , Telephone conversations in Greek and German: Attending to the relationship aspect of communication. In: Culturally speaking, ed. H. Spencer-Oatey, 121-142. London: Continuum.