Chair
Syntax and Language Variation
Endowed by Utrecht Institute of Linguistics - OTS
Date of appointment 01.01.2017
Profile

Roberta D'Alessandro is professor of Syntax and Language Variation at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL-OTS), Department of Languages, Literature and Communication. She is affiliated to the research group Language Structure: Variation and Change. She is also PI in the ERC Project Microcontact: Language variation and change from the heritage Italian perspective.

Her research interests include syntactic variation, agreement, Italo-Romance dialectology, the syntax-phonology interface, syntactic change in contact, and language contact in migration contexts. 

 

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
syntax (generative framework)
language contact
dialectology
syntax-phonology interface
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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
D'Alessandro, Roberta & Pescarini, Diego (2017). Advances in Italo-Romance dialectology. Brill.
D'Alessandro, Roberta, Iannàccaro, Gabriele, Passino, Diana & Thornton, Anna Maria (2017). Di tutti i colori - Studi linguistici per Maria Grossmann. Utrecht University.
D'Alessandro, Roberta & Migliori, Laura (2017). Sui possessivi (enclitici) nelle varietà italo-romanze meridionali non estreme. Di tutti i colori - Studi linguistici per Maria Grossmann
D'Alessandro, Roberta, Franco, Irene & Gallego, Ángel (2017). The verbal domain. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  2017 - Professional publications
D'Alessandro, R.A.G. (2017). Academic freedom: challenges, threats, emerging issues. Akademie im Dialog Verlag der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
D'Alessandro, R.A.G. (2017). Microcontact. Horizon 2020 projects. Portal (13).
  2017 - Popularising publications
D'Alessandro, R.A.G. (2017). Come si mescolano le lingue? Gli effetti del contatto linguistico. In Francesca Masini & Nicola Grandi (Eds.), Tutto ciò che hai sempre voluto sapere sul linguaggio e sulle lingue (pp. 85-89). Caissa Italia Editore.
  2016 - Scholarly publications
D'Alessandro, Roberta & van Oostendorp, Marc (2016). Abruzzese metaphony and the |A| eater. In Francesc Torres-Tamarit, Kathrnin Linke & Marc van Oostendorp (Eds.), Approaches to metaphony in the languages of Italy (pp. 349-368). Berlin/Boston: Mouton de Gruyter.
D'Alessandro, Roberta & Pescarini, Diego (2016). Agreement restrictions and agreement oddities in Romance. In Susann Fischer & Christoph Gabriel (Eds.), Manual of Grammatical interfaces in Romance (pp. 267-294). Mouton de Gruyter.
D'Alessandro, Roberta & van Oostendorp, Marc (2016). When imperfections are perfect - Prosody, phi-features and deixis in central and southern Italian vocatives. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory - Selected papers from 'Going Romance' 28, Lisbon (pp. 61-82). Johns Benjamins Publishing Company.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
D'Alessandro, Roberta & Scheer, Tobias (2015). Modular PIC. Linguistic Inquiry, 46 (4).
D'Alessandro, Roberta (2015). Null subject. Contemporary Linguistic Parameters Bloomsbury Academics.
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Project:
Microcontact. Language variation and change from the Italian heritage perspective
01.01.2017 to 31.12.2021
General project description 

In this project, we aim to develop a theory of syntactic change in contact, by observing how specific syntactic structures react to both endogenous change (EC) and change in contact (CIC). Italian heritage languages offer a unique combination of wide diachronic written documentation and multiple contact with other, minimally different, languages, which will allow us to investigate EC and CIC and integrate syntactic theory with the tools that are necessary for their analysis.


The study of EC and CIC usually examines two stages of a language: Stage1- before the change -, and Stage 2- after the change-. This project introduces a third observation point: the “in between” stage, which will be provided by microcontact. With microcontact here we mean contact between two minimally different syntactic systems (grammars). While microvariation will make parts of grammars comparable and will make it possible to have “snapshots” of languages while change is happening, genetic and typological similarity between the languages in contact will allow us to control for one element at a time: the languages in contact do not differ very much since they are genetically related.


This project aims to give an answer to the following major research questions:


1. How does contact-induced syntactic change (CIC) happen?


2. What are the main differences between EC and CIC?


3. Are there elements in the grammar that are more prone to contact-induced change, and are there elements that are more prone to spontaneous change?

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: ERC Consolidator Grant
Project members UU
Project:
Microcontact. Language variation and change from the Italian heritage perspective
01.01.2017 to 31.12.2021
General project description 

In this project, we aim to develop a theory of syntactic change in contact, by observing how specific syntactic structures react to both endogenous change (EC) and change in contact (CIC). Italian heritage languages offer a unique combination of wide diachronic written documentation and multiple contact with other, minimally different, languages, which will allow us to investigate EC and CIC and integrate syntactic theory with the tools that are necessary for their analysis.


The study of EC and CIC usually examines two stages of a language: Stage1- before the change -, and Stage 2- after the change-. This project introduces a third observation point: the “in between” stage, which will be provided by microcontact. With microcontact here we mean contact between two minimally different syntactic systems (grammars). While microvariation will make parts of grammars comparable and will make it possible to have “snapshots” of languages while change is happening, genetic and typological similarity between the languages in contact will allow us to control for one element at a time: the languages in contact do not differ very much since they are genetically related.


This project aims to give an answer to the following major research questions:


1. How does contact-induced syntactic change (CIC) happen?


2. What are the main differences between EC and CIC?


3. Are there elements in the grammar that are more prone to contact-induced change, and are there elements that are more prone to spontaneous change?

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: ERC Consolidator Grant
Project members UU

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Currently prof. dr. Roberta D'Alessandro teaches the following course(s):
CodeDescriptionF/PLevelECTS
HHP1V17001 Honours Terreinverkenning V H1 7.5
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Additional functions and activities
  • Editor-in-chief of the Brill series Grammars and Sketches of the World's Languages - Romance 
  • Co-editor of the syntax monograph series Open Generative Syntax
  • External member of the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Member of the Committee for the Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science of the International Council for Science (ICSU)
  • Member of the Global Young Academy
  • Member of the KNAW committee Talen in Nederland
  • Member of the Commissie Herziening Gedragscode Wetenschapsbeoefening/Committee for Code of Conduct of Research in the Netherlands
  • Member of the KNAW Committee for Freedom in Research (Commissie voor de Vrijheid van Wetenschapsbeoefening CVW)
  • Member of the KNAW Council for the Humanities (Raad voor Geesteswetenschappen, RGW)

 

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