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George Demetrius Babiniotis

       George Babiniotis is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Athens. Since September 2000 he has been the Rector (President) of that University. He has been Chairman of the Educational Society of Athens (encompassing the Arsakia-Tositsia Schools of Athens, Salonica, Patras and Tirana, Albania) since 1987. For two years (1990-92) he has served as Chairman of the Institute of Education, the institution appointed for the planning of education in Greece.
G. Babiniotis graduated from the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens in 1962 and got his Doctorate of Philosophy in Linguistics in 1969 (University of Athens). His post-doctoral research in Modern Linguistics he conducted in Germany at the University of Koln (1969-71).

       Repeatedly he has been elected Dean of the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens (1978-79 and 1981-83) and Chairman of the Department of Philology (1991-95 and 1997 to this day). He has been Member of the Editors Board of scientific societies, and at times he has cooperated with the state television for the production of broadcasts on language. Furthermore he is a regular contributor to the newspaper To Vima. In general, he is considered distinguished public person. 
       Prof. Babiniotis, among others, is a regular member of the “European Academy of Sciences and Arts” (Salzburg). He has been proclaimed Honorary Doctor of Philosophy of the University La Trobe of Melbourne, Australia and of the University of Montreal, Canada. He was honoured with the prestigious Herder Prize. Also, he was named “Officier dans l’ordre des Palmes” (France).

       Professor Babiniotis is currently teaching theoretical and historical/ comparative linguistics with particular reference to the synchronic and diachronic analysis of Modern Greek and the relevant issues. Both in his teaching as well as his published work Prof. Babiniotis has been supporting, through scientific documentation, the claim about the continuity of the Greek language. Besides his well-known Dictionary of Modern Greek (2nd edition 2004) and his books Theoretical Linguistics, Linguistics & Literature, A Concise History of the Greek Language, A Diachronic Grammar of (Ancient) Greek, and An Introduction to Semantics, currently Prof. Babiniotis (in cooperation with Professor of Linguistics Ch. Clairis) is the author of the most authoritative Grammar of Modern Greek: Grammar of Modern Greek, (2005, 1.200 p.).

        In addition he has published a number of books and articles on the theory of language, the description of Greek, language parsing through computers, the teaching of Modern Greek as a L1 and L2 as well as works pertaining on more general issues of education.
He is the scientific editor of the Glossologia journal, a Member of the Permanent International Committee of Linguists (CIPL), Chairman of the Language Society of Athens and scientific editor of the linguistics series of Gutenberg and Hellenica Grammata Publishing Houses.
A considerable number of the works and articles of Prof. Babiniotis on language and education issues are to be found in his books: The Greek Language: Its Past, Present and Future. Language as Value: The case of Greek. Language and Education (1995).
Among his well-known works are the following: The Language of Macedonia (Ancient Macedonian and the pseudonymic language of Scopia) (1992) and The Greek Language: A Handbook for the Teaching of Modern Greek as a Second/Foreign Language (2nd ed. 1995) (widely used abroad for the teaching of Modern Greek).

      Professor Babiniotis is one of the initiators in Greece of Contemporary (Modern) Linguistics. Of the first to teach the latest methods of language description he has applied them to analyses of the structure of both Modern and Ancient Greek. His recent interests have focused on Text Linguistics, Stylistics, Semantics, Lexicography, the analysis of language structure from the functional and communicative perspective and the teaching of the mother tongue in schools.




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