The University of Texas at Austin


Assistant Professor, Italian and Romance Linguistics

Ph.D. in Linguistics (2003)

University of Washington

Research Interests

Historical linguistics, Grammaticalization, Aspectualizers, Morphosyntax, Morphology, Italian Dialects, Comparative Romance Linguistics, Cognitive Grammar, Pragmatics, Lexical Semantics

Selected 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.