About me

I am Senior Researcher in Linguistics at the National Centre for Scientific Research in France (CNRS) and a member of the Academy of EuropeI specialize in the analysis of under-described and often endangered languages with a focus on language contact and bilingualism, combining corpus and psycholinguistic methods. I have conducted extensive research in the Balkans (on Romani and Balkan Slavic) and in Mexico (on Ixcatec and Romani) and am committed to open and transparent science by providing access to the original speech recordings together with the linguistic analyses; see the Pangloss Collection (for Ixcatec, Nashta, and Romani) and CorTypo database (for Ixcatec).

I am co-Principal Investigator for the French-Russian ANR-RSF programme Atlas of the Balkan linguistic area with Dr. Andrey Sobolev from the Russian Academy of Sciences (2022-2024). As of January 2022, I serve as Associate Editor of Language, the flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America. I co-organise the interdisciplinary research seminar at the EHESS Mobilités et contacts dans les mondes romani together with Dr. Ilsen About, Prof. Martin Olivera and Dr. Adele Sutre; and I teach a Master’s course, Approaching the grammar of under-described languagesat the University of Graz (Spring semester 2022).

My publications include papers in international journals such as Language, Language in Society, International Journal of Bilingualism, Language Sciences, Lingua, and Studies in Language. My recent books are: The Adaptive Bilingual Mind: Insights from Endangered Languages (2021, Cambridge University Press) and A Corpus-driven Approach to Language Contact: Endangered Languages in a Comparative Perspective (2016, De Gruyter Mouton). In addition, I have co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Language Contact with Prof. Yaron Matras (2021, Routledge) and the volume Information Structure in Lesser-described Languages with Dr. Katharina Haude and Dr. Martine Vanhove (2018, John Benjamins).

I have directed and participated in several research projects funded by the French National Research Agency, ELDP, and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

I currently supervise the postdoctoral research of Dr. Chiara Tribulato on Romani (2021-2022, Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation) and of Dr. Tanguy Solliec on the Atlas of the Balkan Linguistic Area database (2022-2024, ANR). I have supervised Dr. Kate Bellamy’s research programme Conflicting grammars: Gender among bilinguals in Mesoamerica and the Caucasus, supported by a European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2019-2021); Dr. Esteban Acuña’s research on Romani in Colombia, supported by the Instituto Caro y Cuervo (2020); and Dr. Pablo Irizarri van Suchtelen’s research programme Spanish and Romani in contact in Chile, supported by a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (2017-2020).

I also supervise the PhD of Ms. Erendira Calderon on Ngigua, with support from a French-Mexican doctoral fellowship from the CONACYT; co-supervise with Prof. Birgit Hellwig the PhD of Ms. Melanie Schippling on Romani, with support from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (Germany); and co-supervise with Dr. Christophe Parisse the PhD of Ms. Ionela Padure on Romani-Romanian language acquisition. Dr. Cristian Padure completed his PhD under my supervision on Romani in contact with Mexican Spanish; he is currently researcher at the National Centre for Roma Culture – Romano Kher, Bucharest and Romani language TA at the University of Bucharest. I have also co-supervised the PhD of Dr. Davide Fanciullo on nominal tense in Bulgarian Rhodopean dialects spoken in Bulgaria with Prof. Vittorio Springfield Tomelleri. Dr. Fanciullo is employed in the private sector while occasionally teaching at Sofia University.

I was deputy director of the research centre Languages and Cultures of Oral Tradition (LaCiTO) (2009-2013), treasurer of the Société de Linguistique de Paris (2009-2016), member of the steering committee of the French Consortium Corpus, Langues et Interactions (2016-2020), and I served on the French National Committee for Scientific Research (Language Sciences section, 2016-2021).

In 2021, I talked about endangered languages and our work at Pangloss Collection to the French radio stations Radio France (podcast “Le Quart d’heure,” Mar 5), France Inter (news “Le 13/15,” Feb 5), RFI Latin America (9 Apr, https://rfi.my/7IEn.t), and the newspaper Les Echos (Jan 29).

You can download preprints of my publications here: https://cv.archives-ouvertes.fr/evangelia-adamou

If you want to do a PhD or a postdoc with me, please reach out! You can contact me at evangelia.adamou(at)cnrs.fr and follow me on Twitter (at)EvangeliaAdamou