Resume

Experience

Sept. 2019 - Present

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK.

Assessed secondary linguistic data from 100+ Romance varieties, and designed/performed extensive fieldwork on about 30 non-standard Romance varieties. Extracted Italian/French/Portuguese diachronic data from 6 corpora. Analysed and modelled the primary/secondary data in light of the most recent advances in the field of generative grammar. Started compiling an open Atlas of Romance focalisations (field work, design, creation of maps etc.) to make the results of my work publicly accessible.

 

Key accomplishments:                                                                                                                       

  • Award of an ‘Early Postdoc.mobility’ and a ‘Postdoc.mobility’ grant to support my research (Swiss National Science Foundation, 24+18 months). Award of a 5-year College Research Associate fellowship by St. John's College;

  • Published 1 single-authored research monograph (Linguistik Aktuell 266, John Benjamins) and 4 research articles (Isogloss, Glossa, LLT, Cadernos de Squibs). Co-authored a research article with U. Shlonsky (published in a volume by De Gruyter). Co-authored 1 edited thematic volume with A. Ledgeway (under contract, De Gruyter).

  • Presented my research at numerous in-person and online seminars/conferences (10 invited, 2 selected).

Sept. 2019 - Sept. 2021

SUPERVISOR

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK.

Conceived and delivered (under)graduate supervisions for the courses: CS1 (‘The Romance Languages’); Li2 (‘Structures’); Li9 (‘Syntax’); IT1/IT3 (‘Use of Italian’) (ca. 50 students/AY). In charge of weekly assessment, and the correction and evaluation of final exams. Produced performance reports for each supervised student. Examined MPhil and ‘year abroad dissertations’ for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

2017 - 2019

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

University of Geneva

Genève, Switzerland.

Carried out individual and group research (2 PIs, 2 SIs), reported regularly to the PIs (U. Shlonsky, G. Bocci), trained and mentored an MA student who joined the research group briefly. Helped the extraction of material from 2 corpora of spoken French, helped the optimisation of the automatic tagging and supported the modelling of the prosodic/syntactic data. Performed manual tagging, transcription of audio files, audio/text alignments, and accuracy checks. In charge of the fieldwork/analysis of the Italo-Romance data; shaped two large-scale surveys, and re-modelled secondary data from 30 non-standard varieties in light of my findings. Prepared bi-annual research reports, and helped shape the final financial report (400.000+ CHF distributed over 4 AYs).

 

Key accomplishments:                                                                                                                                            

  • Award of a full-time doctoral grant (4 years, 200.000+ CHF); Secured competitive funds to host an international conference (6000+ CHF), and 2 grants to cover the cost of summer trainings (1000+ CHF);

  • Completion of Certificat de Spécialisation (30 ECTS), a pre-doctoral thesis, and a PhD dissertation (defended with honours). Publication of 3 research articles, 1 co-edited online volume;

  • Presentation of research at numerous seminars and conferences (10 invited, 2 selected, 1 organised).

Education

2021 - Present

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

MSc in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence (180 ECTS).

Currently on a leave of absence.

2015 - 2019

UNIVERSITÉ DE GENÈVE

Doctorat ès lettres (PhD) in General linguistics.

Specialisations: Formal syntax, dialectology. Graduation grade: ‘très honorable à l’unanimité’.

2015 - 2017

UNIVERSITÉ DE GENÈVE

Certificat de spécialisation en linguistique (30 ECTS).

Fields: Syntax, Pragmatics, Computational linguistics. Final grade: 6/6.

2011 - 2013

UNIVERSITÀ CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA

Master of Arts in Science of Language (120 ECTS)

Major: Theoretical linguistics; Minor: English. Graduation grade: 110/110 cum laude.

2008 - 2011

UNIVERSITÀ CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA

Bachelor of Arts in Languages and the Science of language (180 ECTS)

Major: General linguistics; Minors: English and French. Graduation grade: 110/110 cum laude.

2009 - 2010

UNIVERSITÉ DE LA SORBONNE-NOUVELLE

9-month Erasmus programme.

Faculté de langues et littératures françaises et latines.

Professional skillset

Syntax

Corpus linguistics

International Phonetic Alphabet

Text analysis

Microsoft 365

Quantitative and qualitative research

LaTeX

Data analysis

Data visualisation

Storytelling

Scientific writing

Public speaking

Languages

Italian (native)

English (proficient)

French (bilingual)

Spanish (conversational)