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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Luigi Andriani






Field of Interest:

Romance linguistics; Italian linguistics and dialectology; synchronic and diachronic morpho-syntactic micro-variation.



Adam Ledgeway

About me (Higher education and language training):

• October 2016 – April 2017   

Academic Consultant (with Dr. F. Damonte) invited to design an undergraduate syllabus in Italian Linguistics and Dialectology to be taught in New York (2017) and Florence (2018).

New York University - Florence, Italy / NYU - New York, USA (Referee: Prof. Virginia Cox).


• January 2016 – March 2016   

Casual Lecturer in “Italian Historical Syntax”

Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, UK (Referee: Prof. Martin Maiden).


• October 2012 – November 2017:

PhD in ‘Romance and Italian Linguistics and Dialectology’;

Department of Italian, University of Cambridge.

- August 2015: Romanian language certificate; Universitatea din București, Bucharest, Romania.

- April 2014: Brazilian Portuguese language certificate; Cambridge University Language Centre.


• September 2009 – August 2011:

Research Master’s degree (with distinction) in ‘General Linguistics – Italian dialectology’;

Thesis: ‘Differential Object Marking, Clitic Doubling and Argumental Structure in Barese’ (Supervisor: Prof. Roberta D’Alessandro);

Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands.

- September 2010 – October 2010: Intern for linguistic project on Medieval Dutch (Middle Drents) corpus: ‘Het INPOLDER-project: Integrated Parser and Lemmatiser of Dutch in Retrospect’ (Supervisor:  Dr. Gertjan Postma); Department of Linguistic Variation, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


• September 2005 – January 2009:

Bachelor’s degree (with distinction) in ‘Foreign Languages and Literatures – Literary Translation from/to Dutch, Spanish and English’;

Thesis: ‘Aspects of Dutch cultural identity: ‘Hollands Welbehagen’ by Herman Pleij’ (Supervisor: Prof. Fiorella Mori-Leemhuis);

Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.

- July 2008: Dutch language certificate; ‘Taal Unie’, Zeist, The Netherlands.

- September 2007 – February 2008: ‘Erasmus’ exchange student; Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands.

- July 2007: Galician language certificate; Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


My research:

My doctoral research sets out to trace a morpho-syntactic profile of the dialect of Bari, spoken in the South-East of Italy. Over recent years, linguists have shown great interest for the enormous linguistic diversity found among the dialects of Italy, direct descendants of spoken Latin with their discrete linguistic systems comparable to that of any other natural language. My research describes and analyses this understudied Italo-Romance variety through a selection of the most salient aspects of the clausal, nominal and verbal domains, in order to undertake cross-linguistic comparison with other early and modern Italo-Romance dialects and other (non-)standard Romance varieties. To this end, I have collected linguistic data through fieldwork with informants of different ages and social backgrounds. These first-hand collected data are systematically compared with the existing 19th- and 20th-century (non-)specialist literature available on Barese to highlight historical language changes. Particular attention is given to how Barese encodes ‘discourse-oriented’ information by means of specific syntactic operations. 



Language Instructor (2017 – present):

ITB1: Use of Italian

ITC1: Translation into Italian

Lecturer (2015 – present) and Supervisor (2012 – present):

IT A3: Texts and Contexts

IT 1 Texts and Contexts

IT 2 - Structures and varieties of Italian

IT 10 - The language of Italy

Supervisor (2012 – present):

CS 1 - The Romance languages



Andriani, Luigi. 2018a. ‘Adjectival Positions in Barese: Prenominal Exceptions to the Postnominal Rule’ in Roberta D’Alessandro and Diego Pescarini (eds), Advances in Italian Dialectology. Sketches of Italo-Romance Grammars (Grammar & Sketches of the World’s Languages (Romance)). Leiden: Brill: 214-252.


–––– 2018b. ‘Instability and Language Change: A Parametric Approach to Barese Auxiliary Selection’ in Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae, Irina Nicula Paraschiv (eds), Romance Syntax. Comparative and Diachronic Perspectives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 363-399.


–––– 2017. ‘The modal value of ancora/angórə in Barese’ in Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae, Camelia Stan & Rodica Zafiu (eds), Sintaxa ca mod de a fi. Omagiu doamnei profesoare Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, la aniversare. Bucharest: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti: 21-28. (appeared in 2016 as ‘The modal value of ancora/angórə in Barese and northern Apulian varieties’, Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 9).


–––– 2015a. ‘Semantic and Syntactic Properties of the Prepositional Accusative in Barese’, Linguistica Atlantica 34, 2: 61-78.


–––– 2015b. ‘Adjectival Positions in Barese’, Revue roumaine de linguistique, LX, 2-3: 189-204.


Andriani, Luigi, Manuela Borghetti and Paola Valli. 2009. ‘Dieci Gattini Monelli’ (translationfrom Dutch to Italian) in Meisje Van Keulen and Jan Jutte (eds), Tien stoute katjes – Ten Naughty Kittens (Amsterdam: Atlas Uitgeverij).


Conference papers:

Andriani, Luigi. 2016. “Proprietà semantiche e sintattiche dell’Accusativo Preposizionale in barese” in Adam Ledgeway, Michela Cennamo & Guido Mensching (eds.), Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (Nancy, 15-20 juillet 2013). Section 4: Syntaxe (Nancy: ATILF): 8-22.


–––– 2014. ‘Barese unmarked constructions and the case of pre-verbal intransitive subjects’ in Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu and Alexandru Nicolae (eds.), Diacronie și sincronie în studiul limbii române, vol.1 (Bucharest: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti): 39-50.


Other activities:

• 2017 – present:      

Academic Instructor at outreach events for prospective Cambridge students in Linguistics:

• 29/06: ‘Experience Cambridge’ programme, Cambridge, UK.

• 18/10: ‘Modern Languages Taster Days’, Girton College, Cambridge, UK.


• 2016 – present:

- Co-organiser of the ‘Anglia Ruskin – Cambridge Romance Linguistics Seminars (with Prof. Ledgeway, Dr. Schifano and Dr. Sheehan);