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My research projects

These are some of my research projects. For a full list, see my CV

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This is an ERC-funded research project that aims to understand language change from a syntactic microvariational perspective, by observing core syntactic aspects of Romance languages in contact.


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This was a 5-year project focusing on a striking parallelism between two macro-groups of languages: southern Italian dialects and the so-called split-ergative languages, like Basque, Georgian, Dyirbal, Hindi/Urdu.


PI: me

PhD students: Giuseppe Torcolacci and Laura Migliori


Associated members: Claudio Di FeliceIrene Franco and Sara Lusini

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NWO Free Competition

Maps and Grammar was a research project examining the relation between linguistic properties of languages and their distribution in regional variants and dialects. The project runs from 2013 to 2018. The main part of the project work takes part at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam.


PIs: Sjef Barbiers and Marc van Oostendorp

Project members: Hans Bennis, Gertjan Postma, John Nerbonne, and me

PhD students and postdocs: Lotte Hendriks, Nina Ouddeken, Edoardo Cavirani, Erik Tjong Kim Sang 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie IEF

Abruzzese Syntax (2005-2007)

University of Cambridge, UK

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De Jonge Akademie KNAW

From the Old to the Young 

Abruzzese data crowdsourcing

These were two small projects aimed at documenting Abruzzese and at creating booklets and material for Abruzzese learning, o be distributed in schools, with the aim of checking the residual knowledge of the language in children and improving it.

PI: me, in collaboration with Francesco Avolio and Anna Rita Severini - From the Old to the Young -  and with Bettina Speckmann -Abruzzese data crowdsourcing

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