Psycholinguistics; first and second language acquisition, developmental and acquired language disorders, the experimental study of language processing in different languages
- Professor of Linguistics, University of Siena, Scienze della Comunicazione
Cognition, communication and culture in an evolutionary perspective; anthropological fieldwork in Ethiopia, theoretical and experimental work in linguistic pragmatics and in cognitive psychology
Historical linguistics; semantic change, cognitive and interactional pragmatics; theories of grammaticalisation and construction grammar
Phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, metrics, and the Sanskrit grammatical tradition. The relation between word structure and sentence structure, and the principles governing language change.