I am a linguist, researcher, and lecturer in Linguistics, currently at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

8a4085a6-d3e8-41f7-b051-4099a8e1f5f5I am interested in non-standard, minority and endangered languages as well as research topics in formal linguistics. 

My research fueled my fieldwork and in 2010 has taken me to São Paulo, Brazil where I was able to meet the largest population of speakers of my native dialect outside of Italy.

I was able to research little-known endangered Greek and Italian dialects in Apulia and Calabria (Italy), during my post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge. The project, Fading Voices in Southern Italy“, was funded by the Leverhulme Trust. 

Additionally, my research interests include comparative Indo-European and Romance Linguistics, non-standard Italian varieties, Greek dialectology, and linguistic theory. Lesser-known, minority, endangered, and heritage languages represent my main empirical target. I am interested in linguistic formal approached centered on the intersection between morpho-phonology and syntax. I have applied the findings of the most recent research on the syntax-phonology interface to the assessment of specific phenomena attested in Italo-Romance: I investigated particular effects of consonantal length (raddoppiamento fonosintattico)tonic vowel alteration (metaphony), propagation, and prosodic variation.


Ph.D.   Department of Linguistics, University of Pisa, 2013
Doctoral Program in General, Historical, Applied, Computational Linguistics, and
Linguistics of Modern Languages
“The nature of Genitive Case”
Supervisors: G. Longobardi, F. Franciullo

MA in Historical and Comparative Linguistics, University of Pisa, 2009
“Il dittognamento metafonetico nel dialetto di Verbicaro: esiti diacronici e riutilizzazioni sincroniche”
Supervisor: F. Fanciullo

Bachelors in Classics & Historical Linguistics, University of Pisa, 2007
“Il genitivo assoluto in greco omerico”
Supervisor: F. Fanciullo

Visiting Studentships

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Italian, Los Angeles, USA, January – June 2012
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Linguistics, Los Angeles, USA, September 2010 – March 2011
  • University Italo-Brazilian ‘P. Cascino’, São Paulo, Brazil, June 2010
  • University of Corsica, Corté, France, January – June 2008