Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995 – 2000
    Laurea degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures 110/110 cum laude, University of L'Aquila, Italy

  • 2000 – 2004
    PhD in Linguistics summa cum laude, University of Stuttgart, Germany

  • 2001
    Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UIL-OTS), University of Utrecht, The Netherlands [Visiting student]

  • 2002
    Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi Cognitivi sul Linguaggio (CISCL), University of Siena, Italy [Visiting student]

  • 2003 – 2004
    Human evaluator of the search engine, Google TM

  • 2004 – 2005
    Research assistant, Butler-Hill/ Microsoft, Redmond, USA

  • 2005 – 2006
    Italian linguistics consultant, Butler-Hill/ Microsoft, Redmond, USA

  • 2005 – 2007
    Marie Curie Intra-European Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Italian University of Cambridge

  • 2007
    Visiting Research Associate, Université du Québec à Montréal, LAD Interface Asymmetries Research Lab

  • Since 2007
    Full Professor (Italian language and culture/Linguistics), Leiden University

  • Since 2007
    Chair of the Department of Italian language and culture, Leiden University

  • Since 2007
    Chair of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) Institute Council

Selected publications

  • Syntactic variation. The dialects of Italy (authored and edited with Adam Ledgeway and Ian Roberts). 2010. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Reviewed in Language 87:3 (2011)

    Reviewed in Lingua 122 (2012)

  • Agreement restrictions (edited with Susann Fischer and Gunnar Hrafn Hrafnbjargarson). 2008. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

    Reviewed in Language 86:4 (2010)

  • Impersonal si constructions. Agreement and Interpretation. 2007. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

    Reviewed in LinguistList 19.368 by Jan Schroten

  • Past participle agreement in Abruzzese: Split auxiliary selection and the null-subject parameter (with Ian Roberts). 2010. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 28: 41-72.

  • At the C-T boundary: Investigating Abruzzese complementation (with Adam Ledgeway). 2010. Lingua 120/8: 2040-2060.

  • Movement and agreement in Italian past participles and defective phases (with Ian Roberts). 2008. Linguistic Inquiry 39/3:477-491.

  • The syntax of the indefinite pronoun nome (with Artemis Alexiadou). 2006. Probus 18/2:189-218.

  • The verbal domain: TP-VP structure and auxiliaries. 2010. In: D'Alessandro, R., Ledgeway, A., Roberts, I. (eds.), Syntactic Variation. The dialects of Italy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 27-38.

  • Proper Subset Relation and Concord: agreement in Abruzzese Possessive Copular Constructions (with Anna Maria Di Sciullo). 2009. Proceedings of NELS 38.

  • Syntactic doubling and the encoding of Voice in Eastern Abruzzese (with Theresa Biberauer). In: D.Baumer, D. Montero & M. Scanlon (eds), Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 25). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project: 87-95.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • NWO (Netherlands Research Organisation) VIDI project on Splitting and clustering grammatical information, September 2010 – August 2015

  • LUCL grant for 1 PhD student on the project Dialects entangled: language contact between Albanian and Southern Italian dialects (with M. de Vaan and M. van Oostendorp)

  • NWO visiting grant for dr. Claudio Di Felice on the project: diachrony of Abruzzese, January – April 2009

  • Marie Curie Intra-European Post-Doctoral Fellowship on Abruzzese Syntax, February 2005 – January 2007

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeischaft (DFG) grant for the Graduate School "Linguistic Representations and their Interpretation" at the University of Stuttgart, May 2000 – April 2003

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) board, 2012 – 2014

  • Member of the International advisory board of the FIRB project Atlante sintattico dei dialetti italiani, Padua and Venice 2011 – 2014

  • Member of the Humanities/Social science committee for NWO Rubicon, 2011 – 2012

  • External evaluator for Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, SOAS, London, 2011

  • External evaluator for University of Venice "Progetti di Ateneo" 2011

  • External evaluator for Swiss National Science Foundation grants, 2010 – 2011

  • External evaluator for IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2010 – 2011

  • Member of the Going Romance steering committee (Romance linguistics conference), since 2008

  • Founding member and steering committee member of Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax Meeting, since 2005

  • Founding member of Centro Internazionale per lo Studio e la Didattica dell'Italiano e dei Dialetti, Pescara, Italy

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Public lectures, popularization


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