Short CV/Education and training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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