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.
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.
PhD students: Giuseppe Torcolacci and Laura Migliori
Associated members: Claudio Di Felice, Irene Franco and Sara Lusini
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
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