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I am a Lecturer in Linguistics in the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester. My research interests primarily include information structure and morpho-syntax (the left periphery of the clause and syntactic variation). I am also interested in language vitality and language endangerment from a sociolinguistic perspective. My research focuses on a range of phenomena occurring at the syntax-pragmatics interface across North Eastern Italian Dialects (NEIDs). Despite their misleading name, NEIDs are sister languages of Italian and direct continuations of Latin, hence languages in their own right. My research includes the notion of contrast and its syntactic realisation, residual V2 and its relationship with discourse-pragmatics, and wh-in-situ in Bellunese. I am currently investigating the effect of information structure on object-past participle agreement in Romance and the morpho-syntactic status of auxiliaries across NIDs.

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