Dr Sandra Paoli
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.