Dimitrios Ntelitheos


Associate Professor

Department of Linguistics

United Arab Emirates University

ammonMalagasy Ammonite , collected in the summer of 2005 during field work in Tana

I graduated with a PhD from the Department of Linguistics at UCLA. My MA dissertation explored a left periphery for the DP domain based on facts from NP-ellipsis in Greek and other languages, as well as discontinuous structures in the DP domain. In my PhD dissertation I proposed a syntactic analysis of Malagasy nominalizations in particular and of all deverbal nominals more generally. I especially worked on the hypothesis that participant nominals have a relative clause source, a line of research which I still pursue today from a broader typological perspective.

My work on syntax, especially of the nominal domain, and the syntax-morphology interface, plays an important role in my parallel work on first language acquisition. I have worked (in collaboration with Nina Hyams, Jeannette Gundel, Ali Idrissi, and others) on the acquisition of voice morphology and the pronominal system in Malagasy, the development of referring expressions, and the acquisition of definiteness and possession in Emirati Arabic. I am currently working on establishing developmental stages for child Emirati Arabic.

I believe that theoretical investigations are only valid if grounded in solid empirical observations and to this purpose I have worked to develop adult and child corpora in Malagasy and Emirati Arabic and to make these corpora available to other researchers.

My administrative work has included the curriculum development for the General Linguistics programme at the Department of Linguistics, UAEU and more recently the development of a new BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders (in progress). I have worked in committees pursuing the accreditation of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UAEU and have served as Programme Coordinator for the General Linguistics Programme.

For an extensive list of my publications, administrative work, and teaching, see my curriculum vitae.


Contact:  Department of Linguistics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
United Arab Emirates University
PO Box 15551

email: dimitrios_n[at]uaeu.ac.ae