Dr Marina Terkourafi


Marina Terkourafi is a sociolinguist and pragmatician interested in the unspoken

meanings people communicate through language and how they help shape our social world. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois, she held post-doctoral positions at the University of Cambridge and at the British School at Athens in Greece and taught at the Universities of Athens and Cyprus. Her research has been funded by the NSF (National Science Foundation), ESF (European Science Foundation), and WUN (Worldwide Universities Network), as well as campus grants. She specializes in post-Gricean pragmatics, including experimental aspects, theories of im/politeness, construction grammar, and the history and use of language in Greece and Cyprus and welcomes applications by students interested in working in any of these areas.

Research Interests

  • Gricean pragmatics, theories of im/politeness, cognitive linguistics, history and use of language in Greece and Cyprus


  • PhD, University of Cambridge


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