In December 2018, I will join the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Genoa, Italy as a research fellow. I will be working on a research project entitled ‘English construction grammar(s): Between description and cognition.’
The project consists of a critical appraisal of the family of theoretical approaches collectively known as ‘Construction Grammar,’ a very popular but not uncontroversial framework. Indeed, it is often less than clear if the studies carried out within the Construction Grammar framework should be considered, cautiously, as structural descriptions of linguistic facts or, more ambitiously, as psycholinguistic analyses. The goal of the present project is to study the notion of construction in English and evaluate the distinct constructional models proposed in the literature, on the basis of a sample of empirical data drawn from corpora such as COCA. If necessary, the project also aims to develop an alternative model at least descriptively accurate.
My review of Peter Lasersohn’s book ‘Subjectivity and perspective in truth-theoretic semantics’ is now available on the LINGUIST List website. The interested reader can either read it online or get the PDF version.
Shortly, I will also receive and review the new book ‘Southern English varieties then and now,’ a collection of studies edited by Laura Wright on the varieties of English spoken in the south of England. Stay tuned!
The July 2018 issue of the academic journal Lingue e Linguaggi is now available online. It includes the article ‘From the VVingPP construction to the VVing pattern: A descriptive account,’ jointly written by Cristiano Broccias and myself. The paper is freely available for download in PDF format.
On November 29-30, 2018, Cristiano Broccias and I will jointly present a paper at the International Workshop on the Diachrony of Ditransitives, which will be held at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy. Our contribution will be entitled ‘Revisiting the history of the English dative alternation: An attraction-based account.’ I will upload the slides shortly after the workshop; meanwhile, the program of the meeting is already available for download.
I will soon receive a new book to review for the LINGUIST List: ‘Multilingual practices in language history: English and beyond,’ a collection of contributions edited by Päivi Pahta, Janne Skaffari, and Laura Wright. Since I have always been interested in both language history (with particular – though not exclusive – regard to English) and language contact, I am looking forward to receiving the book. Stay tuned!
The slides of the talk Cristiano Broccias and I gave at the 9th International Conference on Historical Lexicology and Lexicography are now available for download, along with the abstract. It was really great to take part in such an interesting meeting, in such a beautiful venue as Santa Margherita Ligure.
As the 9th International Conference on Historical Lexicology and Lexicography (ICHLL9) is approaching, it is possible to download the final version of the program along with the book of abstracts on the conference website. As you will see, Cristiano Broccias and I will be presenting our paper entitled ‘On the relationship between V and Ving in the English VVing pattern: A historical perspective’ on Wednesday, 20th June 2018 at 4.30pm. Stay tuned!
The article ‘From the VVingPP construction to the VVing pattern: A descriptive account,’ jointly written by Cristiano Broccias and myself will be published in the July issue of the academic journal Lingue e Linguaggi. It is possible to download a draft of the paper.
My review of Elisa Mattiello’s book ‘Analogy in word-formation: A study of English neologisms and occasionalisms’ has just been published on the LINGUIST List website. The interested reader can either read it online or get the PDF.
I have been selected to review Peter Lasersohn’s book ‘Subjectivity and perspective in truth-theoretic semantics’ for The LINGUIST List. Since I am interested in the study of truth-conditional semantics and its comparison with alternative frameworks (e.g., cognitive semantics), I am looking forward to receiving this book. I will post the link to the review as soon as it is published. Stay tuned!