Spring 2023 newsletter, activities; Michail Marinis visit

As part of its mission to support Greek language teaching and research, the Modern Greek Program, together with the OSU Laboratory for Greek Dialectology, hosted Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Michail I. Marinis, Lecturer at the Hellenic Open University, for the month of April. Dr. Marinis is collaborating with Brian Joseph in researching the archive of the newspaper TA NEA from the 1920s to today, examining language change as reflected in the headlines of the newspaper. On April 26 he gave a lecture introducing this research project entitled The stylistics and structure of Greek Newspaper Headlines: The first decade of “Eleutheron Vima.” 

Dr Marinis also visited Modern Greek language classes of all levels, teaching students about palatalization in Modern Greek. He also spoke at the 2nd International Ohio State – Ca’ Foscari Joint Workshop on South Slavic and Balkan languages on April 22. His lecture was entitled A first morphological analysis of the toponyms of the Peloponnese.  This talk discussed the special grammar of Greek place names, including the phenomenon he calls “counter-defectiveness” in the inflectional system of toponyms.

Dr. Marinis’s visit was sponsored by the Miltiadis Marinakis Endowed Professorship in Modern Greek  and the Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship. We look forward to a return visit from Dr. Marinis later this year.

The Leontis lecture on April 6, well attended by students and the community, featured Professor Peter Jeffreys of Boston University discussing The Other Cavafys: The Creative Aspirations of John, Aristides and Paul. 

The Spring, 2023, newsletter of the Ohio State Modern Greek Progam has been mailed out and is available online at this link. The newsletter features news of faculty activities, departmental events, and OSU students studying in Greece. There are extracts from a new Greek language textbook featuring the OSU Modern Greek Program and the work of alumnae Marissa Kazes and Maria Nicoloulias, including an interview with Mrs. Nicoloulias. Photographs and descriptions of our graduating and recently graduated seniors are included. If you would like to receive the Modern Greek Program newsletter by mail, please respond to this announcement with your mailing address.

Over the March 28 weekend OSU Modern Greek faculty  visited Greek communities in Campbell and Steubenville.

The academic year ended with a Modern Greek Program celebration on Friday, April 21 in University Hall. Graduating seniors were recognized, and Mauretta Patitsas ’23 showed a video she prepared with classmates.