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Main research interests:
phonetics and phonology, pragmatics, second/foreign language acquisition
Short Curriculum:
She got her degree in Philosophy in 1994 at the University of Turin, and in 1995 she spent one year doing research on Speech synthesis at CSELT, laboratory for telecommunication (now Loquendo). From 1995 to 1998 she was PhD student in linguistics at Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, working on the phonetics and phonology of Italian prosody; during the PhD program, she spent one year studying at the linguistic department of the Ohio State University, Columbus (U.S.A.) - 1996-1997. Since 1998 she has been involved in national projects on speech, founded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR). She has also increased her knowledge on phonetics and phonology by means of her research activity performed at Università des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken (Germany), the IPDS in Kiel (Germany), and the LPL in Aix-en-Provence (France). She wrote various papers on phonetic/phonology topics which are published on national and international conference proceedings and journals.
Researcher at the University of Lecce, she thought Experimental Phonetics from 2001-02 to 2005-06; she now teaches General Linguistics and Phonology.
Complete Curriculum

Articulatory and acoustic correlates of duration contrast in Italian.
The project aims at acquiring data on articulatory and acoustic characteristics of realizations of Italian phonemes. The main goal is developing proposals for modelling duration contrasts within the Gestural Phonology framework, verifying the relevant hypothesis proposed within the Speech Motor Control Theory.
So far, the studies have been focussing on the duration contrast within the Italian consonantal system. Articulatory and acoustic data have been collected for northern varieties of Italian. As for articulation, kinematic data have been recorded by means of the ELITE system - at CNR, in Padua (the system is similar to Optotrack) and the 2D Articulograph - at ICP, in Grenoble.

External lead researchers:
- C.Zmarich - CNR Padova, Italia (Home Page) (Publications)
- GIPSA-lab- Grenoble - P.Perrier & C.Savariaux

Pragmatic and phonetic-phonological features of discourse markers.
The project - COFIN 2004-2006 - focuses on the functional traits of discourse markers, and on the relation between semantic/pragmatic aspects and phonetic-phonological characteristics.
The attention has been focused on the discourse marker 'allora' and its interactional, meta-textual and cognitive functions. Functional and phonetic-phonological aspects have been investigated on various corpora of spoken Italian. We are now performing a first contrastive study on the semantic-pragmatic characteristics of 'allora' in Italian and French written texts.

External lead researchers:
- Prof.ssa M. Voghera (national coordinator)
- Prof.ssa C. Bazzanella (overseer of Turin unit)

Romance Language Database.
The project aims at investigating the characteristics of intonational boundaries in romance languages. The main goals are determining the influence of syntactic and prosodic factors on boundary placement, and describing the phonetics and phonology of intonational boundaries. Intonational phrasing has been studied on a corpus of laboratory speech (the Romance Languages database - RLD) which was designed to be comparable across languages. The languages considered so far are Catalan, two varieties of European Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.
As far as Italian is concerned, only Neapolitan Italian was studied so far. The database is now going to be extended in order to include the variety of Italian spoken in Pisa, Tuscany.

External lead researchers:
- Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal - S.Frota
- Laboratoire Parole et Language, CNRS, France - M.D’Imperio
- Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea - Universidad del País Vasco - G.Elordieta
- Institució Catalana de la Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain - P.Prieto
- Universidade do Minho, Portugal - M.Vigário

Intonation and interpretation of the utterance.
The project aims at investigating the relation between linguistic information and intonation. Particular attention is reserved for the correlates of pragmatic aspects that may complicate the isolation of linguistic rather than paralinguistic information.
The investigation is performed on both production and perception data, by observing the function and the interpretation associated at various tonal configurations. The alignment and the scaling of tonal events are related to the presence of phonologically different patterns and to their possible realizations, expecially those due to the strength of the speaker purpose in producing the verbal message.

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