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Talks & Posters


D’Alessandro, Roberta. Rethinking language change. Invited talk. Hamburg University seminars in Linguistics, 16 February 2021.

D’Alessandro, Roberta. Microcontact: exploring change in contact from the Italo-Romance heritage perspective. Invited talk. Heritage Languages and Multilingualism Day, University of Insubria, 10 February 2021.

D’Alessandro, Roberta. What microcontact can tell us about language. Invited talk. Discovering Linguistics, Linguistic Discoveries series, Ghent University, 8 February 2021.

D’Alessandro, Roberta. Microcontact: how to tease apart the various factors involved in language change. Invited talk. Federico II University, Naples, 18 January 2021.

D’Alessandro, Roberta. Tackling change in contact: the microcontact perspective. Invited talk. Parametric Networks workshop, UAB Barcelona, 13 January 2021.

Terenghi, Silvia. A person-rooted spatial analysis of demonstratives. ConSOLE 29, Leiden/online, 26-28 January 2021.


Andriani, D’Alessandro, Frasson, Van Osch, Sorgini, Terenghi. The ranking of internal and external factors in heritage language syntactic change. GLOW 43, HU Berlin/online

8-20 April 2020.D’Alessandro, Roberta. Microcontact: Language Change in Contact from a Microvariational Perspective. ABraLin ao Vivo lecture series, 4 November 2020.

D’Alessandro, Roberta. Microcontact and linking: what different perspective on change tell us about language. Invited lecture, URPP Language and Space Colloquium, Zürich University, 24 September 2020.

Frasson, Alberto. The distribution of null subjects in heritage languages: the case of Friulian subject clitics. HLS1, Utrecht University.

Terenghi, Silvia. Demonstrative systems in Portuguese-based creoles: Some markedness considerations. Invited talk at ARC-RLS (Anglia Ruskin-Cambridge Romance Linguistics Seminars), University of Cambridge/online, 3 December 2020.

Terenghi, Silvia. Stable and unstable person features: A structural account. NELS 51, Montreal/online, UQAM, 6-8 November 2020.

Terenghi, Silvia. Indexicality is not affected by contact: Ternary demonstrative systems in Italo-Romance HLs. HLS 1, Utrecht University/online, 12-16 October 2020.

Terenghi, Silvia. Asymmetries in person indexicals. Invited talk at Syntax Interface Lectures, Utrecht University, 5 October 2020.

Terenghi, Silvia. Structural differences in the syntax of person indexicals. CamCoS 9 New, Newcastle University/online, 8-11 September 2020.

Terenghi, Silvia. The stability of person: a structural account. De Grote Taaldag, Utrecht University, 31 January 2020.


Frasson, Alberto. Null subjects in heritage languages: evidence from Brazilian Venetan relative clauses. Uiltjesdagen, Utrecht University, 16-17 December 2019.

Frasson, Alberto & Jan Casalicchio. The syntax of spatial anchoring: logophoricity in a heritage northern Italo-Romance variety. Going Romance XXXIII, Leiden University, 28-29 November 2019.

Terenghi, Silvia. Romance ternary demonstrative systems as a probe into the architecture of person features. Invited talk at Leiden University (Italiëstudies), 5 November 2019.

Terenghi, Silvia. Encoding deixis in émigré and heritage Italo-Romance varieties: preliminary results (poster presentation). The linguist’s workshop: Data, Theory, Experimental testing, Donostia/San Sebastián, 8–9 July 2019.

Terenghi, Silvia. Romance demonstratives in diachrony and the organisation of person features. WoSSP 16, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 17–18 June 2019.

Terenghi, Silvia & Jan Casalicchio. Demonstrative-reinforcer constructions: variation in Italo-Romance. CIDSM 14, Prague, Charles University, 27–29 May 2019.

Frasson, Alberto & Jan Casalicchio. The syntax of post-verbal subjects in a heritage Trentino variety. CIDSM 14, Charles University of Prague, 27-29 May 2019

Frasson, Alberto. Patterns of subject agreeement in heritage northern Italo-Romance. Invited lecture. Institute for Romance studies, University of Osnabrueck, 23 May 2019.

Terenghi, Silvia. (Partial) deictic incompatibility exists! Deictic Fission in Romance demonstrative-reinforcer constructions. De Grote Taaldag, Utrecht University, 2 February 2019.


Terenghi, Silvia. Deictic fission in Romance demonstrative systems (poster presentation). Going Romance 32, Utrecht University, 12–13 December 2018.

Casalicchio, Jan & Alberto Frasson. The effects of language contact on the use of subject clitics in Venetan. Symposium on linguistic microvariation (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi – Utrecht University), 22 October 2018.

Casalicchio, Jan & Alberto Frasson. Changes in the use of subject clitics in Venetan: preliminary results of a quantitative study. CIDSM 13, University of Messina, 2-4 July 2018.

Casalicchio, Jan & Alberto Frasson (poster). The effects of language contact on the use of subject clitics in Venetan. Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, University of Sheffield, 11-14 September 2018.

Cennamo, Michela, Francesco Maria Ciconte & Luigi Andriani. The syntax and semantics of anticausativization in early Italo-Romance. CIDSM 13, University of Messina, 2-4 July 2018.

Ciconte, Francesco Maria. Early Sicilian and Tuscan: variation in the V2 syntax. CIDSM 13, University of Messina, 2-4 July 2018.

D’Alessandro, Roberta & Marc van Oostendorp (invited talk). Notes on Magnetism. Parallels between Phonology and Syntax. Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, 9 July 2018.

D’Alessandro, Roberta & Luana Sorgini. The feel-like construction in Eastern Abruzzese. CIDSM 13, University of Messina, 2-4 July 2018.

*D’Alessandro, Roberta (keynote talk). Oltre l’italiano. Le lingue italo-romanze in contatto. Nuovi aspetti linguistici e letterari dell’italianità. Leiden, 21-23 June 2018.

Casalicchio, Jan, Francesco Maria Ciconte & Roberta D’Alessandro (poster). On phasal domains and the difference between subject and object clitics. GLOW 41, Budapest, 10-14 April 2018.

D’Alessandro, Roberta (invited talk). Crowdsourcing data: what’s good and what’s bad about it. Citizen Science Lab. Sampling Language and Culture. Lorentz Center, Leiden, 4 April 2018.

D’Alessandro, Roberta, Jan Casalicchio, Francesco Maria Ciconte, Alberto Frasson, Luana Sorgini & Silvia Terenghi (poster). Microcontact. Language Variation and Change from the Italian heritage perspective. Language Sciences Day. Utrecht, 1 February 2018.

Frasson, Alberto. Clitics on the loose: a case of decliticisation in language contact. Uiltjesdagen. Utrecht, 3-4 December 2018.

Frasson, Alberto. Talian: morphosyntactic aspects of Venetan in Brazil. Invited lecture. Faculty of philology, University of Banja Luka, 26 November 2018.

Frasson, AlbertoTaliàn subject clitics: a case of syntactic change in contact. 15th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (WoSSP 15), Autónoma University of Barcelona, 28-29 June 2018.

Sorgini, LuanaDifferential Object Marking and Person-driven auxiliary selection. 15th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (WoSSP 15), Autónoma University of Barcelona, 28-29 June 2018.

Terenghi, Silvia (poster). Deictic fission: accounting for Romance demonstrative systems. TABU Dag 39, Groningen, 14-15 June 2018.


*D’Alessandro, Roberta (keynote talk). Interactive maps for linguistic data Crowdsourcing. Pros and Cons. Geographic Information Systems and Social Networks. Consequences for the Study of Linguistic Variation. Barcelona, 30 November 2017.
D’Alessandro, Roberta (invited talk). When variation is built in the system. Biolinguistics Conference on Interface Asymmetries. New York University, 10-12 November 2017.
D’Alessandro, Roberta (invited talk) Magnetic grammar. When variation is built in the system. Invited lecture, University of Bucharest, 12 October 2017.
D’Alessandro, Roberta (invited talk). Language and Languages. On the importance of linguistic variation as a means to understand the human mind. IRH-ICUB Lunchtime seminar, ICUB Bucharest, 5 October 2017.
*D’Alessandro, Roberta (keynote talk). The achievements of Generative Grammar. A time chart (and some considerations). Generative Syntax. Questions, Crossroads and Challenges. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 21-23 June 2017.

Frasson, Alberto. Northern Italo-Romance subject clitics in contact. Uiltjesdagen. Utrecht, 19-20 December 2017.

Terenghi, Silvia. Deixis and microcontact: an overview. Uiltjesdagen. Utrecht, 19-20 December 2017.