Yes, it is me

I'm a doctoral candidate in Linguistics at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Pisa. My mentors are Pier Marco Bertinetto and Valentina Bianchi. Previously I graduated in Linguistics at the University of Siena and my background is mainly in generative syntax.

During the doctoral program, I spent a semester as a visiting student at the UCLA, Department of Linguistics (advisor: Dominique Sportiche), and currently I'm visiting the University of Geneva, Department of Linguistics (advisor: Ur Shlonsky).

I have a broad interest in the interaction between syntactic representations and the semantic component. To date, the focus of my work has been on binding and specificity.

Currently, in my doctoral dissertation, I'm arguing that specificity plays a crucial role in a number of binding configurations, and I'm developing an analysis based on recent proposals on the syntax and semantics of pronominal features and the 'cartographic' approach to the left peripheries (advisors: Pier Marco Bertinetto, Valentina Bianchi, Luigi Rizzi).

Previously, in my MA thesis, I argued that Weak Crossover effects show up only with non-specific operators, and I proposed an analysis based on different LF chains for specific vs. non-specific operators (advisors: Valentina Bianchi, Luigi Rizzi, Adriana Belletti).

In the future, I wish to further pursue research comparing the rich functional structure assumed by the 'cartographic' approach and semantics and pragmatics theorizing.

Since Oct. 2005

Doctoral candidate ('Perfezionamento') in Linguistics, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
Thesis: Pronouns and the Left Peripheries (working title)
Committee: P. M. Bertinetto, V. Bianchi, L. Rizzi, ...

Feb. 2004 – Sept. 2005

MA ('Laurea magistrale') in Linguistics, University of Siena, Italy
Thesis: Weak Crossover and LF Chains: Analysis of Specificity Effects
Committee: V. Bianchi, C. Chesi, A. Belletti
Final grade: 110/110 cum laude (summa cum laude)

Oct. 1998 – Feb. 2004

MA ('Laurea') in Communication Sciences, University of Siena, Italy
Thesis: Information Structure in the Carthographic Approach
Committee: L. Rizzi, A. Belletti
Final grade: 110/110 cum laude (summa cum laude)

Syntax, syntax/semantics interface, Romance syntax:

  • Binding configurations: the role of specificity.
  • Analysis of pronominal binding: chains at Logical Form (LF) and binding mechanisms.
  • Semantics of pronominal features: uninterpretable features.
  • 'The Licensing of Pronominal Features in WCO and OPC', Penn Linguistics Colloquium 33, UPenn, Philadelphia, U.S.A, March 2009 – refereed conference.
  • 'The Licensing of Pronominal Features in WCO and OPC', EALing VI, Fall School 2008, Poster Session, Paris, France, September 2008 – refereed student poster.
  • 'Indefiniti Specifici' ('Specific Indefinites'), Linguistics Seminars at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, Febraury 2008 – invited talk.
  • 'Weak Crossover at the Syntax/Semantics Interface', Syntax and Semantics Seminars, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A., April 2007 – invited talk.
  • 'Weak Crossover, LF Chains and the Licensing of Pronominal Features', 16th Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, April 2006 – refereed conference.
  • 'Weak Crossover all'Interfaccia Sintassi/Semantica', ('Weak Crossover at the Syntax/Semantics Interface'), Linguistics Seminars at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, January 2006 – invited talk.
  • 'Corpus based studies: “Why another program?”' (with Michal Starke), Evaluation of the research program Language and Communication: Acquisition, Processing and Pathology, University of Geneva, Switzerland, December 2002.

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