I am currently Assistant Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Italian in the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication at Ghent University.
I obtained my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Padua in 2007. I have done research in theoretical linguistics (particularly the syntax-semantics interface, the syntax-prosody interface, and comparative syntax). I have obtained a number of postdoctoral fellowships at different universities, overarching different fields and topics in linguistics, such as information structure in Chinese and Italian (at City University of Hong Kong), comparative syntax in verb constructions in Chinese and Kwa languages (Leiden University Center for Linguistics & Amsterdam University), and the syntax of discourse markers in Italian (Ghent University). I have also obtained an award with a project on exclamative constructions at the syntax-prosody interface by the Chiang Ching-kuo for International Scholarly Exchange host by the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales-CNRS-CRLAO in Paris. I have also been awarded the International Fellowship for Experienced Researches Fernand Braudel IFER at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris with a project on ditransitive constructions.
More recently, I became interested in second language acquisition. On this topic, I have been awarded the Startkrediet BOF grant by Ghent university with a project on discourse markers in Italian L2 and heritage language.
2020-2021 winter semester- MA course , Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics:
Structures in Spoken language (an introduction to syntax-semantics interface)
2021-2022 winter semester- MA course, Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics:
2014 winter semester: MA course Italiaanse taalkunde: bijzondere vraagstukken II (Italian Syntax: master course)
2014 spring semester: BA2 Course Italiaanse taalkunde II (Italian Syntax 2: bachelor course)
2014 winter semester: MA Course Italiaanse taalkunde: bijzondere vraagstukken II (Italian Syntax: master course)