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Dr. Valentina Colasanti

Assistant Professor in Linguistics (C.L.C.S.)
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BA (Rome), MA (Rome), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab) I am a linguist. My interests are syntactic variation, Romance microvariation, syntactic change, syntax-pragmatics interface, and fieldwork methodologies. I am particularly interested in Italo-Romance microvariation and its significance for the study of 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. Recently, I have focused on the pragmatico-syntactic contribution of gestures in southern Italy. 'Gestural Grammar: Investigating Gesture in Southern Italy' (GestuGram; PI: Colasanti) received funding from the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute (2020-23), the Higher Education Authority of Ireland (2021-23), and the Provost's Office of Trinity College Dublin (Provost's PhD Project Award; 2021-25).
  diachronic syntax   gesture   ITALO-ROMANCE   LANGUAGE VARIATION   ROMANCE LINGUISTICS   Syntax   syntax-pragmatics interface
 Gestural Grammar: Investigating Gestures in Southern Italy (GestuGram)

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The Philological Society, UK 2014 present
Société de Linguistique Romane 2016 present
Societas Linguistica Europaea 2016 present
Scholar, St John's College, Cambridge 2014 present
Colasanti, Valentina, Linguistically-integrated co-speech gestures in Southern Italo-Romance, Cambridge Italian Dialect Syntax-Morphology meeting, Helsinki University, 8-10 September 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Linguistically-integrated gestures: a case study from the languages of Southern Italy, Linguistic Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Annual Meeting, Online, 6-9 September 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Gestural fieldwork: a case study from Southern Italy, Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 6, SOAS London, 16-18 December 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Syntactically-integrated gestures in Southern Italy, Going Romance 35, University of Amsterdam, 1-3 December 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Syntactically-integrated co-speech gestures: some preliminary evidence from the languages of Southern Italy, SuperLing Colloquium, University of Oslo, 4 June 2021, 2021, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Not everything changes: acquisition failure and feature reassignment, Linguistics Research Colloquium, Ulster University, 28 June 2021, 2021, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Spatial and discourse deixis and the interactional structure of nominals: Romance and beyond, Romance Linguistic Circle, online, 28 November, 2021, University of Cambridge/University of Newcastle, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Investigating Gesture in Southern Italy, Linguistics Research Seminars, online, 10 November, 2021, Trinity College Dublin, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Linguistically-integrated gestures: a case study from the languages of Southern Italy, SyntaxLab, online, 19 October, 2021, University of Cambridge, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Colasanti, Valentina, Criterial positions as diagnostics in Italo-Romance: some highs and lows, Revue roumaine de linguistique, LXVI , (2-3), 2021, p265 - 282, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
  

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