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Associate Professor in Italian Language, Faculty of Arts
Italian Language Teaching, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Virtual Worlds, Linguistics
I am currently working on several e-learning projects focusing on the use of multi-media materials for language teaching. I am also working on a project that looks at the benefits of e-portfolios for… read more
I am currently working on several e-learning projects focusing on the use of multi-media materials for language teaching. I am also working on a project that looks at the benefits of e-portfolios for language students. In particular, I am looking at e-portfolios as a tool that facilitate students of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures to successfully complete their assessments during their Year Abroad. Finally, I am working on the potentials of on-line social networks and wikis to improve the learning experience of language students.
During my postgraduate studies, I worked primarily on the syntax and morphology of Subject Clitics in Piedmontese, a Northern Italian Dialect. In addition to the empirical contribution in particular with respect to the variety of Piedmontese spoken in the area of Asti, the theoretical strength of my doctoral dissertation lies in having established a relation between elements of agreement such as Subject Clitics and the properties of the functional head T(ense). Furthermore, the originality of my account rests on the claim that the distributional properties of these clitics are determined exclusively by their morphological content rather than by their syntactic status. My analysis is based on the adoption of the general principles of Optimality Theory to account for the former and those of the Minimalist Program to account for the latter. This allows me to provide an explanation for the variation that characterises the use of Piedmontese Subject Clitics without relying on complex syntactic structure. My book Subject Clitics in the Northern Italian Dialects: a comparative study based on the Minimalist Program and Optimality Theory. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Vol. 60. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, is a development of my doctoral thesis.
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