Cristiano Broccias and I will present a contribution at the 8th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE8), which will be held at the University of Bamberg, Germany on September 26-28, 2019. Our contribution will be entitled, ‘The material VVing construction: A corpus-based investigation.’ Stay tuned!
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!
I have been accepted for presentation at the conference for the 40th anniversary of the Société d’Histoire et d’Epistémologie des Sciences du Langage (SHESL-HTL 2019), which will be held at Université Paris – Diderot, France on January 24-26, 2019. My contribution will be entitled ‘Sifting through the pages of WORD: The International Linguistic Association as a promoter of academic pluralism.’ As usual, I will post the slides shortly after the conference. Stay tuned!
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!
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!
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!