Staff Catalogue


Department of Education
Crosspoint, 206
40, Kallipoleos Ave.
Theoni Neokleous is Teaching Fellow in Language Education at the Department of Education, University of Cyprus. She specialises in language acquisition and literacy development.
She holds a B.A. in Greek Language and Linguistics (University of Athens), an M.Phil. in English and Applied Linguisics (University of Cambridge) and a Ph.D. in Language Acquisition (University of Cambridge). Under the supervision of Dr Teresa Parodi (University of Cambridge), she has investigated the acquisition of syntax in young children. This research has culminated into her PhD thesis: “The L1 Acquisition of Cypriot Greek Pronominal Clitics”. In collaboration with Elena Ioannidou (University of Cyprus), Angela Ralli (University of Patras) and Marios Andreou (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf), she has investigated the use of Greek language in enclaved communities in Cyprus and Turkey: among Turkish Cypriots in Cyprus and Cunda Cretans in Turkey (GRECO project); this project addressed questions pertaining to language variation, language maintenance and issues of language and identity.
She teaches a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in language acquisition, literacy development, and language variation, as well as introductory modules in linguistics, and she supervises undergraduate students for the design and implementation of language arts lessons during their school practicum.
Her research papers are published in peer-reviewed journals, including Lingua and Mediterranean Language Review, in edited volumes by John Benjamins Publishing Company, Cambridge Scholars Publishing and De Gruyter Open Poland, and in conference proceedings. Her research has received financial support from the Cambridge European Trust (2007-2008), the Research and Innovation Foundation (2010-2012), and the A. G. Leventis Foundation (2008-2011); she has also received a scholarship for undergraduate studies by the Cyprus State Scholarships Foundation (2002-2006).
Language acquisition and development
Early literacy and literacy development
Language variation and maintenance
Language education: teaching Greek as L1 and L2

Kontovourki, Stavroula & Neokleous, Theoni. 2020. Book Review for Dana Frantz Bentley and Marianna Souto-Manning, “Pre-K stories: Playing with authorship and integrating curriculum in early childhood”. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 20 (3), 574–577.

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Ioannidou, Elena, Christodoulou, Charalambos & Neokleous, Theoni. 2020. Language variation and maintenance in Cypriot Romeika: a case of non-koineisation. In Massimo Cerruti & Stavroula Tsiplakou (eds.) Intermediate Language Varieties: koinai and regional standards in Europe [Studies in Language Variation 24], 231–252. John Benjamins Publishing Company.


Ioannidou, Elena, Ralli, Angela, Andreou, Marios & Neokleous, Theoni. 2019. Greek in enclave communities: Language maintenance of the varieties of Cypriot Romeika in Cyprus and Cretan Greek in Cunda, Turkey. Mediterranean Language Review 26: 157–186.

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Ioannidou, Elena & Neokleous, Theoni. 2016. The Romeyka of Turkish Cypriots: a description of a variety and a community lost in space [In Greek]. Meletes gia tin Elliniki Glossa 36: Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics: Greek Dialectology, 105–118School of Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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Neokleous, Theoni. 2015. The L1 Acquisition of Clitic Placement in Cypriot Greek. Lingua: 27–47.

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Grohmann, Kleanthes K. & Neokleous, Theoni. 2015. Acquisition of clitics: A brief introduction. Lingua: 1–9 [Guest Editors’ Introduction for Special Issue].

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Neokleous, Theoni & Parodi, Teresa. 2014. Clitic Placement in Early Grammars: The case of Cypriot Greek. In Nikolaos Lavidas, Thomaï Alexiou & Areti Maria Sougari (eds.) Major Trends in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Volume 2, 331–348. Warsaw: Versita.

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Neokleous, Theoni. 2013. Clitic (Mis)Placement in Early Grammars: Evidence from Cypriot Greek. In Stavroula Stavrakaki, Marina Lalioti & Polyxeni Konstantinopoulou (eds.). Advances in Language Acquisition, 147–155Newcastle–Upon–Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Neokleous, Theoni. 2013. Different developmental pathways for clitic L1 acquisition: Cypriot Greek and Standard Modern Greek. In Mark Janse, Brian D. Joseph, Angela Ralli & Metin Bagriacik (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory, 379–388.


Neokleous, Theoni & Parodi, Teresa. 2012. The Syntax of Early Cypriot Greek: Evidence from L1 Acquisition of Clitics. In Zoe Gavriilidou, Angeliki Efthymiou, Evangelia Thomadaki & Penelope Kambakis–Vougiouklis (eds.) Selected Papers of the 10th International Conference of Greek Linguistics, 463–471. Komotini/Greece: Democritus University of Thrace.

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Neokleous, Theoni. 2011. Generative and Usage–based Approaches to L1 Acquisition: Evidence from Cypriot Greek. In Z. Absi, M. Althobaiti, V. Heyer, M. Ogawa, C. Patterson and T. Soultatis (eds.) Language at the University of Essex (LangUE) 2010 Proceedings, 91–103. Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex.