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Dr Giuseppina Silvestri

Silvestri
Position(s): 
Research Associate
Supervisor, MML
Department/Section: 
Department of Italian
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 000 (Main Faculty number)
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Giuseppina Silvestri’s research interests include comparative Indo- European and Romance Linguistics, and especially Italian and non-standard Italian varieties, Greek dialectology, phonetics and phonology, and linguistic theory.

The major research focus of her doctoral work, completed in 2013, was formed by the typology of Genitive Case in Romance languages and brings together findings in traditional classical and philological scholarship with the state-of-the-art in theoretical analysis.

After completing her Ph.D., her research has centred on areas of intersection between morpho-phonology and syntax in a group of southern Italian dialects in the so-called ‘Lausbserg’ area, investigating in particular the effects of consonantal length (raddoppiamento fonosintattico), tonic vowel alteration (metaphony), and prosodic variation.

She is currently research associate on a 3-year Leverhulme-funded Project, ‘Fading voices in southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia’, working with Adam Ledgeway (Principal Investigator) and Norma Schifano (Research Associate).

Teaching interests: 

Syntax

Phonology

Comparative Romance Linguistics

Italian Linguistics and Italian Dialects

French Linguistics

Research interests: 

Syntax of Romance varieties

Morpho-syntax of Italian varieties

Phonology-syntax Interface

Parametric Linguistics

Recent research projects: 

‘Fading voices in southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia’ (Cambridge, Leverhulme Project Grant, October 2015-2018)

‘The syntax of nominal structures in Romance’ (Cambridge/Trieste, SHARM Research Grant, May 2013-December 2014)

‘Modularized global parametrization of the nominal domain’ (Trieste, January 2010- May 2013)

Published works: 

‘Fading voices in southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia’ (Cambridge, Leverhulme Project Grant, October 2015-2018)

‘The syntax of nominal structures in Romance’ (Cambridge/Trieste, SHARM Research Grant, May 2013-December 2014)

‘Modularized global parametrization of the nominal domain’ (Trieste, January 2010- May 2013)

 

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

2014. Residui di genere neutro come categoria morfosintatticamente funzionale nell'italoromanzo meridionale. Actes électroniques du XXVII Congrès International de Linguistique et de Philologie Romanes. Nancy, July 15th-20th 2013. (with M. Loporcaro)

2014. Casi di genitivo non preposizionale in Italo-Romanzo. In: P. Del Puente (Ed.), Dialetti: per parlare e parlarne, Atti del III Convegno Internazionale di Dialettologia. Rionero in V., Calice, 327-340.

2013. Toward a syntactic phylogeny of modern Indo-European languages. In: L. Kulikov and N. Lavidas (eds), Proto-Indo-European Syntax and its Development. Special issue of Journal of Historical Linguistics 3:1, 122-52.

(with G. Longobardi, C. Guardiano, A. Boattini, and A. Ceolin).

2013. Toward a syntactic phylogeny of modern Indo-European languages. Support material: the parametric database. In: L. Kulikov and N. Lavidas (eds), Proto-Indo-European Syntax and its Development. Special issue of Journal of Historical Linguistics 3:1, online material.

(with G. Longobardi, C. Guardiano, A. Boattini, and A. Ceolin).

2012. Il genitivo apreposizionale in alcune varietà dialettali italiane: un’analisi sintattica. Studi Italiani di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata 41: 3, 559-72.

2011. Alcune considerazioni sulla metafonia nel dialetto di Verbicaro (Cs). In P. Del Puente (ed), Dialetti: per parlare e parlarne, Atti del II Convegno Internazionale di Dialettologia. Rionero in V., Calice, 189-96.

2011. Vocalismo finale atono e morfosintassi participiale in due varietà generazionali dialetto di Vericaro-Cosenza. Revue de Linguistique Romane 75, 325-56. (with M. Loporcaro)

2010. Alcune considerazioni sul Rafforzamento Fonosintattico nel dialetto di Verbicaro (Cs). In P. Del Puente (ed), Atti del I Convegno Internazionale di Dialettologia. Rionero in V.: Calice, 191-194.

2009. La metafonia nel dialetto di Verbicaro-Cosenza. L'Italia Dialettale 70, 169-226.

2007. Il Rafforzamento fonosintattico nel dialetto di Verbicaro-Cosenza. L’Italia Dialettale 68, 146-51.

 

Chapters in books

2013. The Structure of Noun Phrases: insights on Case, Empty Categories, and Poverty of Stimulus. In: S. Luraghi and C. Parodi (eds), The Bloomsbury Companion to Syntax. London, Bloomsbury, 88-117. (with G. Longobardi)

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

(Forthcoming) Some preliminary observations on auxiliary selection and participle agreement in Greko and Bovese. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory. UPatras, Laboratory of Modern Greek Dialects, University of Patras. (with N. Schifano and M.O. Squillaci)

In press (2015). L’accordo degli avverbi aggettivali e del participio passato nei dialetti meridionali. In: P. Del Puente (ed), Atti del IV Convegno Internazionale di Dialettologia ‘Dialetti: per parlare e parlarne’. Università di Potenza.

(with A. Ledgeway)

In  press (2015). Possessivi e partitivi nei dialetti italo-romanzi dell’Area Lausberg. Lingua italiana. Storia, struttura, testi.

In press (2015). Residui di neutro in un dialetto dell' ‘Area Lausberg’. L'Italia Dialettale 76. (with M. Loporcaro)

 

Chapters in books

In press (2015). Adverb agreement in the dialects of the ‘Lausberg Area’. Proceedings of the ‘Conference on Interfaces of Adjectives and Adverbs’. University of Graz. June 5th-8th 2014. Amsterdam/Philadelphia, Benjamins.

In press (2015). Adverb and participial agreement: micro-variation in Italo-Romance. Proceedings of the 40th ‘Incontro di Grammatica Generativa’.  University of Trento. February 13th-15th 2014. Amsterdam/Philadelphia, Benjamins.

In press (2016). The structure of Italian DPs. In: G. Longobardi (Ed.), The syntax of Italian. Cambridge University Press. (with G. Longobardi)

 

Books

In prep. Morfo-sintassi del dialetto di Verbicaro (Cosenza). Ms. University of Cambridge.