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Dr. Valentina Colasanti
Assistant Professor in Linguistics, C.L.C.S.

Biography

BA (Rome), MA (Rome), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

I am a linguist, dialectologist and fieldworker. My main research interests include comparative diachronic and synchronic morpho-syntax of the Romance languages (especially Italo-Romance varieties), syntactic theory, and historical linguistics. The main goal of my research is to bring together traditional Romance philological scholarship and modern syntactic theory. I am particularly interested in the significance of microvariation for the study of the syntax-pragmatics interface.

I am working on topics such as diachronic and synchronic complementation, auxiliary selection, gesture, and clausal and nominal speech act syntax. I am also interested in language documentation, fieldwork methodologies, and data elicitation.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sailor, Craig, Colasanti, Valentina, Co-speech gestures under ellipsis: a first look, Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2-5 January 2020, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Colasanti, Valentina, Wiltschko, Martina, Spatial deixis, discourse deixis, and their interaction, Deixis in Language; From Gestures to Words (DEICTES19), Rijeka, 28-29 June 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Colasanti, Valentina, Wiltschko, Martina, Spatial and discourse deixis and the speech act structure of nominals, Proceedings of the Canadian Linguistic Association Annual Meeting (CLA), Canadian Linguistic Association Annual Meeting (CLA), Vancouver, 1-3 June 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Colasanti, Valentina, Silvestri, Giuseppina, Matrix complementizers in Italo-Romance, Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, New York, 3-6 January 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Colasanti, Valentina, The rise of C-systems from Latin to Romance: a micro-diachronic analysis, Diachronic Generative Syntax 21 (DIGS 21), Arizona State University, 5-7 June 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Colasanti, Valentina, Wiltschko, Martina, Spatial and discourse deixis and the speech act structure of nominals, Canadian Linguistic Association Annual Meeting (CLA), Vancouver, BC, 1-3 June 2018, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Colasanti, Valentina, 'La doppia serie di complementatori nei dialetti del Lazio meridionale: un approccio microparametrico', Revue de Linguistique Romane, 82, 2018, p65 - 91 Journal Article, 2018

Colasanti, Valentina, Romance morphosyntactic microvariation in complementizer and auxiliary systems, University of Cambridge, PhD, 2018 Thesis, 2018

'Matrix complementizers in Italo-Romance' in, S. Cruschina, A. Ledgeway and E. Remberger , Italian Dialectology at the Interface, Amsterdam, John Benjamins, 2018, pp155 - 183, [Colasanti, Valentina, Silvestri, Giuseppina] Book Chapter, 2018

Colasanti, Valentina, Presentative particles in Romance and the Speaker-Addressee interaction, Eh-Lab. Syntax of Speech Act, University of British Columbia, 20 November 2018, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Colasanti, Valentina, On Factivity: speculations on the split-CP in Upper-Southern Italian Dialects, Generative Grammar @ Geneva, 11, (Special issue), 2018, 70 - 86 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Colasanti, Valentina, Matrix complementizers in Italo-Romance, Eh-Lab. Syntax of Speech Act, University of British Columbia, 6 October 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Colasanti, Valentina, Zero > Multiple > Single. Complementation from Latin to Romance, Going Romance 31, University of Bucharest, 7-9 December 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Colasanti, Valentina, Feature reassignment and microparametric change in Italo-Romance, XLV Romance Linguistics Seminar, University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall, 5-6 January 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Colasanti, Valentina, On Triple Complementation in Southern Lazio dialects, Proceedings of Structure, Use and Meaning, Structure, Use and Meaning, Brașov, 21-24 September 2016, 2017, 71 - 81 Conference Paper, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Colasanti, Valentina, Zero > Multiple > Single. An acquisition-based approach to complementation from Latin to Romance, 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Zurich, 10-13 September 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Colasanti, Valentina, Zero > Multiple > Single. An acquisition-based approach to complementation from Latin to Romance, Linguistic Association of Great Britain Meeting, University of Kent, 4-7 September 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

'Towards a microparameter C-hierarchy in Italo-Romance' in, G. Pană Dindelegan, R. Zafiu, A. Dragomirescu, A. Nicolae, and I. Nicula Paraschiv , Romance Syntax. Comparative and diachronic perspectives., Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, pp191 - 227, [Colasanti, Valentina] Book Chapter, 2017

Colasanti, Valentina, What has and hasn't changed? Parametric change and morphosyntactic exaptation in Romance,, Formal Approaches to Romance MicrovariationWorkshop (FARM), University of Bucharest, 25-26 November 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Colasanti, Valentina, Dual complementizer System in Southern Lazio Dialects: a microparametric approach, 44th Romance Linguistics Seminar, University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall, 4-5 January 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Colasanti, Valentina, La doppia serie di complementatori nei dialetti del Lazio Meridionale: un approccio microparametrico, XXVIII Congresso Internazionale di Linguistica e Filologia Romanza, 'Sapienza' University of Rome, 18-23 July 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Colasanti, Valentina, On Factivity: speculations on the split-CP in Upper-Southern Italian dialects, 1st SynCart Workshop. From Maps to Principles: Syntactic Cartography and Locality, Chiusi, Italy, 11-15 July 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Colasanti, Valentina, On Triple Complementation in Upper-southern Italian Dialects, Structure, Use and Meaning (SUM), University of Brasov, Romania, 21-24 September 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Colasanti, Valentina, Silvestri, Giuseppina, Beyond Force, mood and modality: matrix complementizers in upper-southern Italian dialects, 11th Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology Meeting, University of Vienna, 4-6 July 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Colasanti, Valentina, Methodological issues in collecting data. A data-driven investigation of microvariation in Southern Lazio, Workshop on Collecting data on microvariation in Romance. Methodological issues, University of Bucharest, 26 November 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Colasanti, Valentina, Silvestri, Giuseppina, (Beyond) Force, Mood and Modality: matrix complementizers in Italian dialects, 9th Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL 9): Phase Theory, University of Brussels, 13-14 December 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Colasanti, Valentina, Dual complementizer systems in Southern Lazio Dialects, Romance Syntax Workshop, University of Bucharest, 27-28 November 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Colasanti, Valentina, The Complementiser System of Cepranese, University of Cambridge, MPhil, 2015 Thesis, 2015

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Gestural Grammar: Investigating Gestures in Southern Italy (GestuGram)
  • Summary
    • Humans communicate using not only language, but the gestures that accompany it. Gestures are movements of the hands and body often paired with speech, and emerging research suggests that they are integrated with the grammar of language. Hence, the study of language is incomplete without the study of gesture. While gesture is universal, individual gestures vary across languages. For example, in Neapolitan, a particular gesture can transform a statement (e.g. Mario has a car.) into a question (e.g. Does Mario have a car?). Thus, gestures are not simply 'ornamental', but can make grammatical contributions akin to the syntactic strategies of e.g. English (subject- auxiliary inversion). Drawing from the gesture-heavy languages of southern Italy, this project aims to develop a grammar of gesture.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
  • Date From
    • 2020
  • Date To
    • 2021

Keywords

diachronic syntax; italo-romance dialectology; Language Change; LANGUAGE VARIATION; MICROVARIATION; MORPHO-SYNTAX; ROMANCE LINGUISTICS; Syntax