Official Government Gazette, Issue: 1446/06.12.18
Academic field: Sociolinguistics

Οffice: Karantoni Building

+30 22510 36318 kkan@sa.aegean.gr

Website: http://www.sa.aegean.gr/canakis/ 


Costas Canakis is Professor of Sociolinguistics and director of the Laboratory for Ethnographic Studies on Language (LESoL). After graduating with a BA in English from the University of Athens (1990, summa cum laude) he earned a PhD in Linguistics as a Fulbright & Century Scholar at the University of Chicago (with a thesis entitled “KAI: The Story of a Conjunction”, 1995). He subsequently taught at Princeton University (1995-1997) and the Universities of Athens (1998-2001) and Thessaloniki (2001-2002), before joining the University of the Aegean in 2000. His interests lie at the intersection of sociolinguistics, pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, and anthrolinguistics, as evidenced by his monograph An Introduction to Pragmatics: Cognitive and Social Aspects of Language Use (in Greek, Eikostos Protos, 2007) and the collected volumes Language and Sexuality: (Through and) Beyond Gender (co-edited with V. Kantsa & K Yannakopoulos Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010) and Language and Sexuality: Linguistic and Anthropological Perspectives (in Greek, Eikostos Protos, 2011). His current research focuses on issues of language and society in the Balkans, notably the indexical relations among language, gender, sexuality, and ethnic/national identity in Balkan linguistic landscapes. Other book length publications include Subjectification: Various Paths to Subjectivity (co-edited with A. Athanasiadou & B. Cornillie, Mouton de Gruyter, 2006). He has lectured extensively as an invited speaker in Universities and Research Institutions in Greece and abroad and has collaborated with the Centre for Greek Language in various capacities (since 1999). Between 2012-2015 he was a member of the “(In)fercit” Excellence Program and in 2015-2106 the recipient of a DFG initiation grant at Institüt für Slawistik at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for the project entitled “Spray-canned discourses: Investigating language and precarious citizenship in the linguistic landscape of Athens and Belgrade”. He has published in Gender and Language, Constructions and Frames, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Punctum, BELLS and served as a reviewer for journals such as The Journal of Pragmatics, Constructions and Frames, Language and Communication, The European Journal of Humor Research, Glossologia, Problems of Post-Communism and as a referee for Routledge. He is a member of the editorial board of Gender and Language and The Journal of the Language of Aggression and Conflict and editor (with Th. Paradellis) of Aegean Working Paper in Ethnographic Linguistics (AWPEL).

Current Courses

L-300 Introduction to Linguistics (compulsory course)
W/S-066 Sociolinguistics (elective seminar)
W/S-070 Linguistic landscape (elective seminar)
W/S-089 Discourse analysis (elective seminar)
CHC-4 Continuities and discontinuities in ideas: Language and the History of Concepts (graduate course taught jointly, MA in Crisis and Historical Change )

Courses Taught

L-310 Elements of Pragmatics: Language in use (elective course)
W/S-017 Language mythologies: Language and nationalism (elective seminar)
W/S-034 Pragmatics (elective seminar)
W/S-071 Deixis and indexicality (elective seminar)
W/S-048 Issues in Sociolinguistics: Language, gender and sexuality in the Balkans (elective seminar)
W/S-051 Anthropological linguistics (elective seminar)
W/S-046 The structure of Serbo-Croatian: A sociolinguistic approach (elective seminar)
GCS-2 Language, gender, and sexuality (graduate course, MA in Gender, Culture, and Society)

Papers in Press

“Indexing chronotopes: An ethnographic approach of the changing linguistic landscape of Mytilene”. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Greek Linguistics. Patras: University of Patras.

C. Canakis & G. Kotzoglou. «Το ΚΑΙ os pragmatologiko morio ipotaksis». In Th.-S. Pavlidou (ed.), Pragmatologika moria stin proforiki epikinonia. Thessaloniki: INS.

M. Georgalidou & C. Canakis. «Analisi logou». In M. Lekakou & Topintzi (ed.), Isagogi sti glossologia. Athens: Gutenberg.

G. Kotzoglou & C. Canakis. “On some properties of complementizer ke (and its siblings).” In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Greek Linguistics. Patras: University of Patras.

Notes on an ethnographic approach to the linguistic landscape of the Balkans. AWPEL 3


Kanakes, K. 2007. Eisagoge stēn pragmatologia: Gnostikes kai koinonikes opseis tes glossikes xreses [Pragmatics: An introduction to Cognitive and Social aspects of Language in Use]. Athena: Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Protou.

Edited volumes

Kanakes, K. (ed.). 2011. Glōssa kai seksualikoteta: Glossologikes kai anthropologikes prosengiseis. Athena: Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Prōtou.

Canakis, C., Kantsa, V. & Yiannakopoulos, K. (eds.). 2010. Language and Sexuality: (Through and) Beyond Gender. Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing..

Athanasiadou, A., Canakis, C. & B. Cornillie. (eds.). 2006. Paths of Subjectivity. CLR Series. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Canakis, C., Chan, G. & J. Marshall Denton (eds.). 1992. Papers from the 28th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Vol. 1: The Main Session. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.

Marshall Denton, J., Chan, G. & C. Canakis (eds.) 1992. Papers from the 28th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Vol. 2: The Parasession on the Cycle in Linguistic theory. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society

Papers in journals

Canakis, C. 2019. “Review of Barrett, Rusty 2017. From drag queens to leathermen: Language, gender, and gay male subcultures.” Journal of Language and Sexuality 8(1): 132-137.

Canakis, C. 2019. “Further advances in Linguistic Landscape research: Language and identity-work in public space. Review of Robert Blackwood, Elizabeth Lanza & Hirut Woldemariam (eds). 2016. Negotiating and Contesting Identities in Linguistic Landscapes. London: Bloomsbury (xx+261pp). Punctum 5(1): 264-270.

Canakis, C. 2017. “Snapshots of the Balkans through ethnographic investigation of the linguistic landscape.” Punctum: International Journal of Semiotics, special issue “Semiotics and fieldwork: Critical ethnographies” (invited contribution).

Canakis, C. & Kersten-Pejanić, R. 2016. “Spray-canned Discourses: Reimagining Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship through Linguistic Landscapes in the Balkans.” In S. Goll, M. Mlinarić, & J. Gold (eds.), Minorities under Attack: Othering and Right-Wing Extremismin SoutheastEuropean Societies. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 129-159.

Canakis, C. 2015a. Non-quantifiying lίγo constructions in Modern Greek. Constructions and Frames 7(1): 47-78.

Canakis, C. 2015b. The Desire for Identity and the Identity of Desire: Language, Gender, and Sexuality in the Greek Context. Gender and Language 9(1): 59-81.

Κανάκης, Κ. 2015c. Αφηγήσεις για την ομόφυλη γονεϊκότητα: Η συνομιλιακή διαπραγμάτευση της έμφυλης και σεξουαλικής ταυτότητας σε σχέση με την αναπαραγωγή. In Θ.-Σ. Παυλίδου (επιμ.), Η ελληνική γλώσσα στην προφορική επικοινωνία. Θεσσαλονίκη: Ίδρυμα Νεολληνικών Σπουδών.

Kanakes, K. 2011. Ho ethnikos kormos: Epimetro. Eneken 19.

Kanakes, K. 2010. Ho ethnikos kormos: Glōssa, seksualikoteta kai ethnoteta sto valkaniko ethniko aphegema [The national body: Language, sexuality and nationality in the Balkan national narrative]. Eneken 18: 119-136.

Kanakes, K. 2009. Ekfrazondas andrikes omoerotikes epithymies kai ypokeimenikotetes sto diadiktyo. Synxrona Themata 105: 78-83.

Kanakes, K. 2007. Apokodikopoiondas te glossa tes marketas: Omoseksualikotota kai emporeusime arsenikoteta. Synxrona Themata 98: 55-59.

Canakis, C. 2007. Review of The Building Blocks of Meaning: Ideas for a Philosophical Grammar by Michele Prandi. Journal of Pragmatics 39(6): 1231-1234.

Canakis, C. 2003. Metaphors of a body meant to die. Gramma 11, 13-29.

Canakis, C. 1994. Diglossia as an agent of humour in the writings of Helena Akrita. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 12, 221-237.

Papers in collected volumes

Canakis, C. 2019. “Grammaticalized non-quantifying constructions in Greek, BCMS, and Albanian”. In Ch. Tzitzilis & G. Pananastasiou (eds.), Γλωσσικές επαφές στα Βαλκάνια και στη Μ. Ασία/Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor. Thessaloniki: INS, 2019, 81-96.

Canakis, C. 2018 (online). Categorization and indexicality. In K. Hall & R. Barrett (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190212926.013.9

Canakis, C. and Kersten-Pejanić, R. 2016. Spray-canned Discourses: Reimagining Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship through Linguistic Landscapes in the Balkans. In S. Goll, M. Mlinaric, and J. Gold (eds.), Minorities under Attack: Othering and Right-Wing Extremism in Southeast European Societies. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 128-159.

Κανάκης, Κ. 2015. Ο λόγος της ομόφυλης ανδρικής γονεϊκότητας στην Ελλάδα: Μια πρώτη προσέγγιση. Στο Β. Καντσά (επιμ.), Συγγένεια και ιατρική τεχνολογία. Αθήνα: (In)fercit/Αλεξάνδρεια, 247-264.

Κανάκης, Κ. 2014. Γλωσσικές πράξεις και αρχή της συνεργασίας. Στο Μ. Γεωργαλίδου, Μ. Σηφιανού και Β. Τσάκωνα (επιμ.), Ανάλυση λόγου: Θεωρία και εφαρμογές. Αθήνα: Νήσος, 38-79.

Canakis, C. 2013. The ‘national body’: Language and sexuality in the Balkan national narrative. In F. Tsibiridou and N. Palantzas (eds.), Myths of the Other in the Balkans: Representations, Social Practices, Performances. Thessaloniki: www.balkanmyth.com, 305–320.

Kanakes, K. 2012a. He epithymia ya ten tautoteta kai he tautoteta tes epithymias. In A. Halkias & A. Apostolleli (eds.), Seksualikotetes kai phyla. Athena: Aleksandreia.

Canakis, C. 2012b. Towards grammaticalized verbal diminutivization? In Z. Gavriilidou, A. Efthymiou, E. Thomadaki, & P. Kambakis-Vougiouklis (Eds.), Selected papers of the 10th International Conference of Greek Linguistics (pp. 177-185). Komotini: Democritus University of Thrace.

Kanakes, K. 2011b. Eisagoge: Pothen glossa kai seksualikoteta? In K. Kanakes (ed.), Glossa kai seksualikoteta: Glossologikes kai anthropologikes prosengiseis. Athena: Eikostos Protos.

Kanakes, K. 2011c. Sir, yes sir! Pornographike glossa: Ho logos tes aprokalypta seksualikes anaparastases. In K. Kanakes (ed.), Glossa kai seksualikoteta: Glossologikes kai anthropologikes prosengiseis. Athena: Eikostos Protos.

Canakis, C. 2010. Eroticizing homo-subjectivities in online personals. In C. Canakis, V. Kantsa, & K. Yannakopoulos (eds.), Language and Sexuality: (Through and) beyond Gender. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 143-170.

Canakis, C. 2010. Introduction: On language, sexuality, and other creatures. In C. Canakis, V. Kantsa, & K. Yannakopoulos (eds.), Language and Sexuality: (Through and) beyond Gender. Newcastle Upon Tyne: CSP Publishers, 1-21.

Kanakes, K. 2008. He strategike xrese koinonioglossikon parametron sto euthymographema tes Helenas Akrita te dekaetia tou 1980 kai semera. In P. Politis (ed.), Ho logos tes mazikes epikoinenias: To helleniko paradeigma. Thessalonike: Instituto Neoellenikon Spoudon, 342-380.

Canakis, C. 1997. Pragmatics vs. cognitive semantics. In Papers from the Thirty-third Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Chicago: CLS, 15-29.

Canakis, C. 1991. Multiple offers in Modern Greek and American English. Chicago Working Papers in Linguistics 7, 1-17.