About me

I am Senior Researcher in Linguistics at the National Centre for Scientific Research in France (CNRS). I specialise in the analysis of under-described languages with a focus on language contact and bilingualism, combining corpus and experimental methods. I have conducted extensive fieldwork 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 data; see the Pangloss Collection (for Ixcatec, Nashta, and Romani) and CorTypo database (for Ixcatec).

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 Yaron Matras (2021, Routledge) and the volume Information Structure in Lesser-described Languages with Katharina Haude and 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. At present, I’m co-PI for the French-Russian ANR-RSF programme ‘Atlas of the Balkan linguistic area’ with Andrey Sobolev from the Russian Academy of Science (2022-2024).

I currently supervise the postdoctoral research of Chiara Tribulato on Romani (2021-2022, Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation). I have supervised 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); Esteban Acuña’s research on Romani in Colombia, supported by the Instituto Caro y Cuervo (2020); and 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 Erendira Calderon on Ngigua, with support from a French-Mexican doctoral fellowship from the CONACYT; co-supervise with Birgit Hellwig the PhD of Melanie Schippling on Romani, with support from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (Germany); and co-supervise with Christophe Parisse the PhD of Ionela Dinu Padure on Romani-Romanian language acquisition. Cristian Padure completed his PhD under my supervision on Romani in contact with Mexican Spanish; he is currently lecturer of Romani language at the University of Bucharest. I have also co-supervised the PhD of Davide Fanciullo on nominal tense in Rhodopean dialects spoken in Bulgaria.

Moreover, since 2021, I co-organise the interdisciplinary research seminar at the EHESS, ‘Mobilités et contacts dans les mondes romani’, together with Ilsen About, Martin Olivera and Adele Sutre.

Finally, 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).

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