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Dr Norma Schifano

Schifano
Position(s): 
Leverhulme Research Associate
Department/Section: 
Department of Italian
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335 000 (Main Faculty number)
Location: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Norma has recently completed her PhD dissertation (‘Verb-movement: a pan-Romance investigation’) and is currently working as Research Assistant for the Leverhulme-funded project entitled ‘Fading voices in Southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia’ with Prof. Adam Ledgeway (Principal Applicant) and Dr Giuseppina Silvestri (Research Assistant).

Research interests: 

historical and synchronic Romance and Greek comparative morphosyntax

verb-movement

adverbial syntax

cartography

language contact

Recent research projects: 

“Fading voices in Southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia”

 

Published works: 
  • Single-authored work

Schifano, Norma (forthcoming). Verb Movement in Romance: A Comparative Study. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/verb-movement-in-romance9780198804642?q=schifano&lang=en&cc=gb)

Schifano, Norma (2016a). ‘Le lingue romanze: verso una cartografia del movimento del verbo’. In Eva Buchi, Jean-Paul, Cheveau and Jean-Marie Pierrel (eds), Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (Nancy, 15–20 juillet 2013), Volume 1 (selected proceedings). Strasbourg: ÉliPhi, 581-92. Also published in Adam Ledgeway, Michela Cennamo, Guido Mensching (eds), Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes, Section 4: Syntaxe (all proceedings). Nancy, ATILF, 415-426 (available at http://www.atilf.fr/cilpr2013/actes/section-4/CILPR-2013-4-Schifano.pdf).

Schifano, Norma (2015a). ‘The paradigmatic instantiation of TAM: a novel approach to Romance verb-movement’. In Enoch Aboh, Jeannette Schaeffer and Petra Sleeman (eds), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2013. Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ Amsterdam 2013. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 83-102.

Schifano,  Norma (2015b). ‘Il posizionamento del verbo nei dialetti romanzi d’Italia’. The Italianist 35(1), 121-138.

Schifano, Norma (2014). ‘(Un)marked patterns of verb-movement: the case of Romanian’. In Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae (eds), Diacronie și sincronie în studiul limbii române. Bucharest: Editura Universității din București, 191-201.

 

  • Joint work

Cognola, Federica and Norma Schifano (in press). ‘On the distribution and interpretation of the discourse particle ben across some regional varieties of Italian’. In Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae, Irina Nicula Paraschiv (eds.), Romance Syntax. Comparative and Diachronic Perspectives. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Cognola, Federica and Norma Schifano (forthcoming). ‘On ben in Trentino regional Italian.’ Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2015. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Ledgeway, Adam, Norma, Schifano and Giuseppina, Silvestri (forthcoming a). ‘Variazione nella codifica degli argomenti verbali nelle varietà romanze e greche della Calabria meridionale: ‘dativo greco’ e marca differenziale dell'oggetto diretto.’ In Patrizia Del Puente (ed.),  Atti del V Convegno Internazionale di Dialettologia - Progetto A.L.Ba. Rionero in Vulture: Calice Editore.

Ledgeway, Adam, Norma, Schifano and Giuseppina Silvestri (forthcoming b). ‘Variazione nella codifica degli argomenti verbali nelle varietà romanze e greche della Calabria meridionale: i costrutti causativi.’ In Patrizia Del Puente (ed.),  Atti del V Convegno Internazionale di Dialettologia - Progetto A.L.Ba. Rionero in Vulture: Calice Editore.

Oniga, Renato (2014). Latin: a linguistic introduction. Edited and translated by Norma Schifano. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schifano, Norma, Maria Olimpia Squillaci and Giuseppina Silvestri (2016). ‘Some preliminary observations on auxiliary selection and participle agreement in Greko and Bovese’. Proceedings of the 6th Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory, University of Patras, 25-28 September 2014 (available at http://mgdlt.lis.upatras.gr/index.php/mgdlt/article/view/2683/2912).

Schifano, Norma and Giuseppina Silvestri (in press). ‘Nuove indagini linguistiche sulla varietà greca del Salento’. L’Italia dialettale LXXVIII. Pisa: Edizioni ETS.