Historical linguistics, Italian, Romance, Latin
- Professor of Linguistics, University of Siena, Scienze della Comunicazione
Historical and comparative syntax of the Romance, Germanic and Celtic languages; grammatical analysis adopting and adapting the concepts and techniques of Chomskyan generative theory.
Oral and written literatures of Africa; orality, performance and genre in the popular cultures of West Africa with particular reference to Hausa-speaking regions of Nigeria and Niger
Synchronic and diachronic morpho-phonology of Germanic and Indo-Aryan language families, and psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic research on the phonological and morphological representations of the mental lexicon