Dr Chiara Cappellaro
I graduated in Translation Studies at the University of Trieste (Italy), and I went on to an MPhil and DPhil in Linguistics at the University of Oxford. Before taking up the position of British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at St John’s, I worked as a Research Assistant on the Leverhulme-funded project ‘The Romance Noun: A Comparative-Historical Study of Plural Formation’ carried out at the Oxford University Research Centre for Romance Linguistics.
My main research interests lie in Romance Historical Morphology. My current project, funded by the British Academy, examines the grammatical category ‘pronoun’ and the feature ‘person’ in Romance languages. In particular, it investigates the variation in the inflectional paradigm structure of Italo-Romance personal pronouns in synchrony and diachrony. It will fill a serious gap in the descriptive literature on Romance linguistics, but will also have deeper theoretical implications, especially for morphological theory – by exploring the irregular phenomenon labelled ‘overabundance’, whereby one cell in a paradigm is filled by more than one inflected form, as in the case of the two English past tense forms burned / burnt.
My teaching interests are General Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Morphology, Sociolinguistics, Romance Linguistics and Dialectology (in particular Italo-Romance).