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Curriculum Vitae

Cinzia Russi


Assistant Professor, Italian and Romance Linguistics

Department of French and Italian

1 University Station, HRH 3.104A, B7600

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX 78712-0224

(512) 471 6390

russi@mail.utexas.edu


Education

2003 Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Washington.

2000 M.A. Linguistics, University of Washington.

1998 M.A. Linguistics, San José State University.

1992 Diploma di Laurea (summa cum laude) Foreign Languages and Literatures, English (major) and Russian (minor), Università degli Studi G. D’annunzio, Pescara (Italy).


Research Fields

Primary Grammaticalization, diachronic morphology and morphosyntax, language variation and language change, Italian dialects, comparative Romance linguistics.

Secondary Argument structure, sociolinguistics, vowel mergers in Romance.


Academic employment

2004 - Assistant Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, Department of French and Italian.

2003 – 2004 Lecturer of Italian, Department of French and Italian, University of Arizona.

2003 – 1999 Instructor, Division of French and Italian and Department of Linguistics, University of Washington.

1993 – 1994 Instructor of English Language, Department of Economics, Università degli Studi G. D’Annunzio, Pescara (Italy).


Publications

Forthcoming (a) On Italian volerci: Grammatical, semantic, and pragmatic properties. Quaderni della Sezione di Glottologia e Linguistica del Dipartimento di Studi Medievali e Moderni, Università degli Studi “G. D’Annunzio”.

Forthcoming (b) Tracing the emergency of the Italian verb volerci. Quaderni di Italianistica 29.

2008 Italian Clitics. An empirical study [Trends in Linguistics Monograph 193]. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter.

2006 A ‘usage-based’ analysis of the allomorphy of the Italian masculine definite article. Studies in Language 30. 575-98.

2006 Morphosyntactic functions of Italian reflexive si. Historical Romance Linguistics: Retrospectives and perspectives, ed. by Deborah Arteaga and Randall Gess, 357-74. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

2006 Italian volerci: lexical verb or functional head? New Perspectives on Romance Linguistics. Vol. 1: Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics. Selected papers from the 35th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, ed. by Chiyo Nishida and Jean Pierre Montreuil, 247–261. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

2003 The allomorphy of the Italian masculine definite article: A ‘language-use’ based account. Proceedings of the 5th High Desert Linguistics Conference, ed. by

2002 On the grammaticalization of Italian clitic pronouns. Proceedings of the Western Conference on Linguistics, University of Washington, Seattle, October 2001, ed. by L. Carmichael, C. H. Huang, and V. Samiian. Fresno: CSU Fresno.

2003 The contrast /é/ ~ /è/, /ó/ ~ /ò/ in Italian: near or complete merger? University of Washington Working Papers in Linguistics 22. 40-55.


Submitted articles

December 2008 Clitics of Italian verbi procomplementari: what are they? (Selected Papers from First OxMorph1 – First Oxford Workshop on Romance Verb Morphology)

January 2009 Locating Italian volere ‘want’ and volerci ‘need, be required’ in the Verb to-TAM chain (Selected Proceedings of Chronos 8)

February 2009 Grammaticalization and lexicalization at work together: Some evidence from Italian (Selected Proceedings of New Reflections on Grammaticalization 4)


In preparation – Articles

- Morphosyntactic features of italiano regionale in Andrea Camilleri’s work
- The pragmatic functionality of atonic double object clitic clusters in 14th-century Florentine (with Janice M. Aski, Ohio State University)
- On the relationship between sentence-focus category, subject inversion and genericity
- Essere 'to be' or avere 'to have'? A Cognitive Grammar account of auxiliary selection in Italian (invited collaboration for a volume on Cognitive Grammar approaches to L2 teaching methodologies)


In preparation – Books

* Selected papers from CHRONOS 8. Amsterdam: Rodopi (editor, with Chiyo Nishida)
* Italian. A linguistic introduction


Invited lectures

2008 Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio, Chieti (Italy), Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia Dipartimento di Studi Medievali e Moderni, May 12. Fenomeni di grammaticalizzazione in italiano (‘Grammaticalization phenomena in Italian’).

2007 Romance Linguistics Seminar, University of Oxford, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, May 10. On Italian volerci. A preliminary investigation of its structure, semantics, and origins.

Refereed conference presentations

2009 XIXth International Conference on Historical Linguistics Radboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Language Studies/Language in Time and Space, August 10-15. The pragmatic functionality of atonic double object clitic clusters in 14th-century Florentine

2008 Chronos 8 – International Conference on Time, Aspect, Mood and Modality, The University of Texas at Austin. October 3-5. Locating Italian volere ‘want’ and volerci ‘need, be required’ in the V-to-TAM chain.

2008 First Oxford Workshop on Romance Verb Morphology – OxMorph1, Trinity College, Oxford (UK). August 27–28. Clitics of Italian verbi procomplementari: what are they?

2008 New Reflections on Grammaticalization 4, The University of Leuven (Belgium). July 16-19. Grammaticalization and lexicalization at work together: some evidence
from Italian.

2008 Cognitive and functional Perspectives on Dynamic Tendencies in Language, The University of Tartu (Estonia). May 29-June 1. Grammaticalization and lexicalization at work together: some evidence from Italian.

2008 AAIS/AATI, Taormina (Italy), May 22-25. With Traci Andrighetti. Morphosyntactic features of italiano regionale in Andrea Camilleri’s work

2007 AAIS, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, May 3-6. Possessives in reflexive constructions.

2007 AAIS, Colorado Springs, May 3-6. With Traci Andrighetti. An analysis of the use of possessive adjectives with kinship nouns in Andrea Camilleri’s Le ali della sfinge from a codeswitching perspective.

2007 Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages XXXVII, The University of Pittsburgh. March 15-18. Tracing the emergency and early development of Italian volerci.

2006 AATI/AAIS, Genova (Italy), May 25-28. From volition/subject-oriented modality to necessity/object-oriented meaning? Possible evidence from Italian volere ‘want’ > volerci ‘be needed’.

2006 7th High Desert Linguistics Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, November 9-11. Investigating a Possible Subjectification Trajectory: The Case of Italian volerci.

2005 Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages XXXV, The University of Texas at Austin. February 25-27. Italian volerci: lexical verb or functional head.

2005 Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages XXXV, Aspect Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, February 23. Aspectual properties of Italian si: A preliminary investigation.

2004 6th High Desert Linguistics Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, November 4-6. Semantic change and pragmatic inference in the grammaticalization of Italian la.

2003 Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages XXXIII, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 24-27. The argument structure of Italian volerci.

2002 5th High Desert Linguistics Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, November 1-2. The allomorphy of the Italian masculine definite article: A ‘language-use’ based account.

2001 Western Conference on Linguistics 2001, University of Washington, Seattle, October 26-28. On the grammaticalization of Italian clitic pronouns.

2001 Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages XXXI, University of Illinois, Chicago, April 19-22. On the contrast /e/ ~ /e/, // ~ /o/ in Italian: near or complete merger?


Research awards

Summer 2006 Summer Research Award, The University of Texas at Austin

Spring 2007 The Dean’s fellowship research award, The University of Texas at Austin


Courses taught at UT

Graduate Introduction to Romance Linguistics

Introduction to Italian Linguistics

Grammaticalization in Italian

Morphosyntax of Southern Italian Dialects

Grammaticalization in Romance

Introduction to Italian Sociolinguistics

Undergraduate First-Year Italian I, Language and Culture

Second-Year Italian I, Language and Culture

Third-Year Italian I, Language and Culture

History of the Italian Language


Professional service

2008 – Graduate Adviser, Romance Linguistics Program, Department of French and Italian

2008 Co-organizer of Chornos 8: International Conference of Tense, Aspect, Mood and Modality, The University of Texas at Austin, October 2-5.

2008 – Graduate Student Committee of the Department of Foreign Language Education

2005 – Elected Member of the Department of French and Italian Faculty Council

2004 – Graduate Student Committee of the Department of French and Italian

2007, 2009 Reviewer for the Linguistics Symposium on Romance Languages

2006 Reviewer for Crisolenguas (http://crisolenguas.uprrp.edu/)


Professional associations

Linguistic Society of America

Società di Linguistica Italiana

Modern Languages Association

American Association of Italian Studies

Cambridge Who’s Who