Prof.dr. R. (Roberta) D'Alessandro

  • Professor

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Fields of interest

  • Italian syntax
  • syntax-phonology interface
  • impersonal constructions
  • Italian dialects and comparative linguistics
  • agreement


I am interested in syntactic microvariation, as well as macrocomparative syntax. At the moment I am investigating agreement and person driven auxiliary selection in Southern Italian dialects as well as the relation between split ergativity and v in Italian dialects and ergative languages.

Curriculum vitae


2000-2004: Universität Stuttgart
Graduiertenkolleg “Linguistic representations and their interpretation”

1995-2000: University of L’Aquila


November 2007- present: Leiden University, LUCL, Italian program

2007: Université du Québec à Montréal, LAD Interface Asymmetries Research Lab
Visiting Research Associate

2005-2007: University of Cambridge
Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research fellow

2004-2005: Microsoft NLP/Butler Hill Group, Redmond, USA
Research assistant

Teaching activities

  • Italian linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax and sociolinguistics of Italian and Italian dialects
  • Romance syntax in a comparative perspective
  • agreement
  • parameters

Key publications

  • D’Alessandro, R. Ledgeway, A. & I. Roberts, eds. (2010). Syntactic variation. The dialects of Italy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • D’Alessandro, R. & I. Roberts (2010). ‘Past participle agreement in Abruzzese: split auxiliary selection and the null-subject parameter’. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.
  • D’Alessandro, R. & I. Roberts (2008). ‘Movement and agreement in Italian past participles and defective phases’. Linguistic Inquiry.
  • D’Alessandro, R., Fischer, S. & G.H. Hrafnbjargarson, eds. (2008). Agreementrestrictions. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • D’Alessandro, R. (2007). Impersonal si constructions. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015