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Dr Sandra Paoli

Position: University Lecturer in Linguistics  (Romance Languages)

Address: Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HG

Email: firstname.lastname@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk

Research profile

My main research interests lie in the following areas:

  • Comparative synchronic syntactic structure of closely related languages and their
  • Comparative diachronic development with respect to language generalizations and language universals;
  • Information structure at the syntactic and pragmatic levels;
  • Aspects of the development and syntactic status of pronominal forms, especially object clitics;
  • The mechanism of syntactic agreement.

Recent research projects include investigations of Contrastive and Information Focus which has led to the identification of Implicit Contrast and a ‘hybrid’ contrastive-information type, of incomplete sets of object clitics in Italo-Romance and Rhaeto-Romance with a reconstruction of a possible path followed in the processes of development and loss, and of clitic interpolation in Italo-Romance.

I also have an interest in first language acquisition, especially in the acquisition of functional categories.

I have worked within the Cartographic approach and I am also expanding into Typology.

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Dr Sandra Paoli