Over the years, I have done research on the following topics:

  • English syntax
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Italian phraseology
  • Dynamic Systems Theory applied to the study of language
  • The history and philosophy of linguistics
  • The sociolinguistic landscape of the Iberian Peninsula (check SIALNI)

My publications and presentations are listed below.

Books and papers

  • Torre, Enrico (ed.). (2022). El Mapa Lingüístico del Noroccidente Ibérico: Contacto, Variación y Cambio. Munich: Lincom. Synopsis.
  • Broccias, Cristiano, and Torre, Enrico. 2020. Attraction and differentiation in the history of the English dative and benefactive alternations. In C. Fedriani and M. Napoli (eds.), The diachrony of ditransitives. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. 169-196. DOI: 10.1515/9783110701371-006.
  • Torre, Enrico. 2019. The journal WORD and the structural heritage of usage-based linguistics: Three functional tenets and an overarching principle. History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences. ISSN: 2366-2409.   Read online
  • Broccias, Cristiano, and Torre, Enrico. 2018. From the VVingPP construction to the VVing pattern: A descriptive account. Lingue e Linguaggi 26: 81-99. DOI: 10.1285/i22390359v26p81. Read online   draft
  • Torre, Enrico. 2017. Concerning the radial network view of argument structure: The case of the English caused-motion pattern. Language Sciences 66: 199-211. DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2017.10.002.   draft
  • Torre, Enrico. 2015. Language as an emergent construction network: A close-up on Italian idioms. Ecological Psychology 27 (3): 202-221. DOI: 10.1080/10407413.2015.1068651. ISSN: 1040-7413 print / 1532-6969 online.   draft
  • Torre, Enrico. 2014. Digital inscriptions as material anchors for future action: Multi-scalar integration and dynamic systems. Cybernetics and Human Knowing 21 (1-2): 128-142. ISSN: 0907-9877.   draft
  • Torre, Enrico. 2012. Symmetry and asymmetry in Italian caused-motion constructions. An Embodied Construction Grammar approach. Constructions 1/2012. ISSN: 1860-2010. Read online  
  • Torre, Enrico. 2009. Uno studio del word order nelle Harley Lyrics. Quaderni di Palazzo Serra 17. Università degli Studi di Genova. ISSN: 1970-0571.  Read online

Book reviews

  • Torre, Enrico. 2023. Review of Amaral, Patrícia, and Delicado Cantero, Manuel. 2022. Noun-based constructions in the history of Portuguese and Spanish. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. LINGUIST List. Read online
  • Torre, Enrico. 2021. Review of Hagemeijer, Tjerk, Maurer-Cecchini, Philippe, and Zamora Segorbe, Armando. 2020. A Grammar of Fa d’Ambô. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. LINGUIST List. Read online PDF
  • Torre, Enrico. 2021. Review of Mäkilähde, Aleksi, Leppänen, Ville, and Itkonen, Esa (eds.). 2020. Normativity in language and linguistics. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. LINGUIST List. Read online PDF
  • Torre, Enrico. 2020. Review of Koch, Christian, and Reimann, Daniel (eds.). 2019. As variedades do português no ensino de português língua não materna. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto. LINGUIST List.   Read online  PDF
  • Torre, Enrico. 2020. Review of Kanetani, Masaru. 2019. Causation and reasoning constructions. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. LINGUIST List.   Read online  PDF
  • Torre, Enrico. 2019. Review of Wright, Laura (ed.). 2018. Southern English varieties then and now. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. LINGUIST List.    Read online  PDF
  • Torre, Enrico. 2019. Review of Pahta, Päiti, Skaffari, Janne, and Wright, Laura (eds.). 2017. Multilingual practices in language history: English and beyond. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. LINGUIST List.   Read online  PDF
  • Torre, Enrico. 2018. Review of Lasersohn, Peter. 2017. Subjectivity and perspective in truth-theoretic semantics. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. LINGUIST List.   Read online   PDF
  • Torre, Enrico. 2018. Review of Mattiello, Elisa. 2017. Analogy in word formation: A study of English neologisms and occasionalisms. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. LINGUIST List.   Read online   PDF



  • Torre, Enrico. 2022. Branding and why it matters. Invited seminar . University of Liverpool, UK. March 15 (online event).
  • Torre, Enrico. 2022. ¿Gallego lengua impuesta? Narrativas sobre el bilingüismo en Galicia. Invited seminar. Linguistic Justice and Minoritized Languages workshop series. University of California Riverside, USA. January 20 (online event). Slides Slides (Compressed)
  • Torre, Enrico. 2020. Malattia, metafora e accettazione della transitorietà: Tra linguistica occidentale e filosofia buddhista. Giornata di StudiCrisi, Fratture, Cambiamenti: Riflessi Culturali, Letterari e Linguistici.’ Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy. December 3-4-15 (online event). Slides+Video
  • Broccias, Cristiano, and Torre, Enrico. 2020. The English material V (NP) Ving construction within the V & Ving network. 7th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. July 27-29 (online event). Abstract Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2019. Alguns (potenciais) pontos cegos ontológicos e epistemológicos no quadro teórico da Gramática das Construções. Invited seminar. Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Centro Regional de Braga), Portugal. October 14.   Slides
  • Broccias, Cristiano, and Torre, Enrico. 2019. The material VVing construction: A corpus-based investigation. 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English. Otto Friedrich Universität Bamberg, Germany. September 26-28. Abstract Slides
  • Broccias, Cristiano, and Torre, Enrico. 2019. Extravagant Harry Potter adverbs in American English: Synchronic and diachronic considerations. 52th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Universität Leipzig, Germany. August 21-24. Abstract Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2019. Sifting through the pages of WORD: The International Linguistic Association as a promoter of academic pluralism. Colloque de la Société d’Histoire et d’Epistémologie des Sciences du Langage 2019. Université Paris-Diderot, France. January 24-26.   Slides
  • Broccias, Cristiano, and Torre, Enrico. 2018. Revisiting the history of the English dative alternation: An attraction-based account. International Workshop on the Diachrony of Ditransitives. Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Italy. November 29-30.   Slides
  • Broccias, Cristiano, and Torre, Enrico. 2018. On the relationship between V and Ving in the English VVing pattern: A historical perspective. 9th International Conference on Historical Lexicology and Lexicography. Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy. June 20-22.   Abstract   Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2015. Agent, environment, and lived temporality: A distributed-ecological perspective on the epistemological role of language. 5th Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition. Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Norway. August 19-21.   Abstract   Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2014. A system of replicable constraints in the age of semiotic binge: On the complementarity of symbolic and dynamic aspects of language. 1st Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics. Lunds Universitet, Sweden. September 25-27.   Abstract   Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2014. Storing the collective memory of a community: Theoretical reflections on the normative dimension of physical symbols. 2nd International Conference on Interactivity, Language, and Cognition. Jyväskylä Yliopisto, Finland. September 11-12.   Abstract   Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2014. Linguistic metastabilities: A case-study on Italian idioms. 5th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Lancaster University, UK. July 29-31.   Abstract   Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2014. Stability, variation, and causal circularity: Disclosing dynamic patterns in Italian idiomatic constructions. Finding Common Ground: Social, Ecological, and Cognitive Perspectives on Language Use. University of Connecticut, USA. June 12-14.   Abstract   Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2013. A dynamic systems approach to language embeddedness: Insights from a cognitive-linguistic exploration of idiomatic constructions. 1st International Conference on the Cognitive Futures in the Humanities. Bangor University, UK. April 4-6.   Abstract   Slides
  • Torre, Enrico. 2013. Different time-scales, common mechanisms: Toward an eco-cognitive account of language dynamics. 5th Distributed Thinking Symposium. Goldsmith University of London, UK. January 30-31.   Abstract   Slides


  • Torre, Enrico. 2017. Concerning the notion of constructional polysemy. 23rd AMLaP Conference, Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing. Lancaster University, UK. September 7-9.   Abstract   Poster
  • Torre, Enrico. 2013. Linguistic meaning as a flexible, multi-faceted space: Constraining the uniqueness of communicative events. iCog Inaugural Conference ‘Interdisciplinarity in Cognitive Science’. University of Sheffield, UK. November 29-December 1.   Abstract   Poster
  • Torre, Enrico. 2013. Observing idiom-variation through dynamic ecological lenses: Linguistic phenomena as shaped by the organism-environment interaction. 17th International Conference on Perception and Action. Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal. July, 8-11.   Abstract   Poster


2022. Galicious: Megan and Carrie talk with Dr. Enrico Torre on Galician and other languages of Spain and why they matter. Vocal Fries Pod, Episode 99. January, 10.


  • Psychology of Language and Communication: 7 papers (2015 [x2], 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Language Dynamics and Change: 1 paper (2021)
  • Globe: 1 paper (2016)
  • Interaction Studies: 1 paper (2015)

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