Chara Vlachaki

Chara Vlachaki

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Research interests

My research interests fall under the umbrella of linguistic pragmatics, that is the study of meaning in context. As a relevance theorist, my work evolves around relevance theory, a theory of communication and cognition. I'm looking into how this framework can be applied to aesthetics and the interpretation of art. I explore the communication of the ineffable in literature, artworks, and aesthetic experiences. In my thesis, I also look into the influence of neuroaesthetics, ekphrastic poetry, and the ineffability of the Parthenon Sculptures. My work has been influenced by a recent affective turn in relevance-theoretic pragmatics and Dr Tim Wharton's work on pragmatics and emotion.

The working title of my doctoral thesis is Art, affect, and mind: Inferring the ineffable. 

In case you're wondering how to pronounce my name, the /c/ is silent and the stress goes on the last syllable. It means happiness in Greek. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Linguistics: Theory and Applications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

27 Sept 2019Feb 2021

Award Date: 2 Nov 2021

Bachelor, English language and literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

2 Mar 20165 Jul 2019

Award Date: 7 Nov 2019

Bachelor, Classical Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

27 Sept 200528 Feb 2011

Award Date: 11 May 2011


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Relevance Theory
  • affect
  • cognition
  • Communication
  • NB Sculpture
  • Parthenon Marbles


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