Dr Sandra Paoli
My main research interests are comparative synchronic and diachronic Romance morpho-syntax and historical pragmatics, with special focus on Italo-Romance and other lesser-known Romance varieties, approached from the perspective of grammaticalization. Specific topics on which I have worked include the development of pronominal forms, the acquisition (L1) of functional categories, post-verbal negators and discourse and modal particles. I am especially interested in the interaction between pragmatics and syntax, specifically in the role played by pragmatics in motivating and driving structural change.
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