Prof Vieri Samek-Lodovici
Professor of Linguistics
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
- Joined UCL
- 1st Sep 1999
As a theoretical linguist, I investigate the underlying structure of human language. I am particularly interested in the presence of conflicts between grammar constraints and their implications for the theory of human grammar. This has led me to work on the fundamental properties of Optimality Theory and on its applications.
I am currently investigating how information structure affects the grammar of Italian. I am particularly interested in the interaction between focalization and the representation of discourse-given constituents through in-situ destressing vs. right-dislocation. My research in this area indicates that contrastive focalization in post-verbal position occurs in-situ, rather than left-peripherally above the clause as currently assumed.
I am also interested in the interaction between syntax and prosody and in particular in the conflicts that arise between the constraints governing the placement of prosodic prominence and the constraints governing the syntactic representation of the clause. In my research, I have shown that significant differences in the distribution of focused constituent in Italian, English, French, follow from different resolutions of these. The same set of prosodic constraint have also been shown to affect the syntactic representation of adjective-nouns sequences in Italian (this latter research was carried out in collaboration with Nicole Dehé).Other topics examined in my research include the constraints governing prosodic prominence, the phonology of syllabic gemination, the constraints governing word order, the basic components of thematic structure, and the analysis of specific phenomena in syntax and morphology.
Reading in Syntax A (final year undergraduate), Joint MA/Undergraduate course, Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, UCL.
OT-Syntax (MA-level), Department of Italian, UCL.Formal Properties of Linguistic Theories. 14th European Summer School in Logic Language and Information (ESSLLI), Trento, Italy. This lectureship is open to worldwide competition.
Theoretical syntax. University of Potsdam. Invited by Prof. Gisbert Fanselow.Introduction to OT (with Miriam Butt, PhD-level), Konstanz University, Germany.
Undergraduate courses (the number in parenthesis shows the course year)
1. Introduction to Linguistics and Syntactic Theory (1).2. Introduction to the Study of Human Language (1 & 2).
3. Issues in Italian Syntax (2).
5. The syntax of Information Structure (4).
6. Special Subject by long essay (4).
7. Comparative Syntax (4).
8. Courses for students learning Italian: grammar, prose, translation across all years.
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1996
- Brandeis University
- Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1992
- Universita degli Studi di Milano
- First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1985