Ongoing language projects within the LOT institutes
This programme investigates the influence of phonotactic constraints on speech segmentation, and the acquisition of phonotactic constraints, in particular in a second language.
Research into the nature of the preverbal message that guides the linguistic encoding of speakers communicative intentions.
This project investigates the acquisition and processing of structures with A-movement (raising and unaccusatives). In the case of raising-verbs it investigates their evidential semantics and the influence of this semantics on acquisition and processing. In the case of unaccusatives it studies the effects of structural, semantic and thematic differences on processing and the source of the processing differences.
This project aims at investigating in a longitudinal study of young children (i) possible correlations between sequential learning in language acquisition and in perceptual/motor domains and (ii) possible impairment(s) of a general sequential learning system that would underlie developmental dyslexia.
Sign languages (SLs) show complex grammatical structures on all levels of linguistic description: phonology, morphology, syntax. This research group is devoted to the intra-modal (i.e. comparison of SLs to each other) and inter-modal (i.e. comparison of SLs to spoken languages) comparison of attested structures.
Southern Italian dialects present syntactic patterns that are not found in Romance but exist in so-called split-ergative languages. Aim of this project is to find out what these similarities mean, and whether they are caused by a possible ergative status of the language.