Valentina Colasanti - Assistant Professor in Linguistics
Assistant Professor in Linguistics
I am a theoretical linguist. My expertise is in comparative and theoretical Romance linguistics, with particular emphasis on the diachronic and synchronic morphosyntax of Italo-Romance varieties. My research program is concerned with Romance variation and how it challenges and refines the generative theory of language.
Principal Research Interests
- Comparative Romance syntax - My research focuses on the variation across Romance languages, with a particular emphasis on the morphosyntax of the varieties spoken in Italy (e.g. Neapolitan, Sicilian, etc.). I seek to integrate methods from both traditional Romance philology and modern syntactic theory, bringing them to bear on hand-collected data from closely related Romance varieties.
- Interface between syntax and pragmatics - I am particularly interested in the intersection between syntax and pragmatics, so much of my work focuses on nominal and clausal left-peripheral discourse phenomena such as matrix/embedded complementation, presentative particles, and discourse deixis.
- The pragmatico-syntactic contribution of gestures in southern Italo-Romance - Recently, I have focused on the pragmatico-syntactic contribution of gestures in southern Italo-Romance.
- Gestural Grammar: Investigating Gestures in Southern Italy (project funded by the TLRH)
- A Comparative Grammar of Southern Lazio Varieties
- Co-speech gestures under ellipsis (with Craig Sailor)
- Presentative Particles in Italo-Romance: the interaction between the speaker and the addressee
- 2019. Spatial and discourse deixis and the speech act structure of nominals, Proceedings of the Canadian Linguistic Association Annual Meeting (CLA), 1-3 June 2019, Vancouver BC (with Martina Wiltschko).
- 2018. La doppia serie di complementatori nei dialetti del Lazio meridionale. Revue de Linguistique Romane, 82:65-91.
- 2018. Matrix complementizers in Italo-Romance, in S. Cruschina, A. Ledgeway and E. Remberger (eds.), Italian Dialectology at the Interface. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (with Giuseppina Silvestri).
- 2017. Towards a Microparameter C-Hierarchy in Italo-Romance, in G. Pană Dindelegan, R. Zafiu, A. Dragomirescu, A. Nicolae, I. Nicula Paraschiv (eds.), Romance Syntax. Comparative and diachronic perspectives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.