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Francesca Masini

Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-LIN/01 Historical and General Linguistics

Delegate for Open Science and Research Data

Curriculum vitae

Education
  • 2007 – PhD in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Roma Tre University.
  • 2002 – "Laurea" (MA) cum laude in Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Bologna.

Academic career

  • 2020 - National Scientific Habilitation to function as Full Professor of Linguistics.
  • Since 2014 - Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Bologna.
  • 2011-2014 - Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Bologna.
  • 2008-2011 - Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, University of Bologna.
  • 2007-2011 - Post-doc, Roma Tre University.

Main institutional activities and academic duties

  • Since 2022 – Rector's Delegate for Open Science and Research Data, University of Bologna.
  • 2021-2022 - Delegate for Research of the LILEC Department, University of Bologna.
  • 2018 - Vice Head of the LILEC Department, University of Bologna.
  • 2016-2018 - Member of the Executive Committee of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.
  • 2016-2018 - Member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Italian Linguistics.
  • Since 2015 - Member of the PhD Program in Linguistics, University of Rome "La Sapienza" & University Roma Tre.
  • 2015-2018 - Director of the BA in "Foreign Languages and Literatures", University of Bologna.

Research topics

  • Theoretical Linguistics, Lexicon, Semantics, Morphology, Lexical Typology, Semantic Typology, Construction Grammar, Corpus Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Popularization of Science.

Scientific and editorial responsibilities

  • Since 2020 - Editor-in-chief (with Bracha Nir) of the journal "Constructions and Frames", Amsterdam/Philadelphia, John Benjamins.
  • Since 2020 - Founder and editor-in-chief (with Nicola Grandi, Nicole Marinaro and Alex Piovan) of the linguistics popularization blog Linguisticamente.org.
  • Since 2019 - Scientific referent of the Experimental Lab of the LILEC Department, University of Bologna.
  • Since 2017 - Editor-in-chief (with Cristiana De Santis, Nicola Grandi and Fabio Tamburini) of the "CLUB Working Papers in Linguistics", University of Bologna.
  • Since 2016 - Associate Editor of the "Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Morphology", Special Project of the "Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics", Oxford University Press.
  • Since 2013 - Member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the Mediterranean Morphology Meetings (MMM).

Research projects

  • Dal 2023 – Unlocking evaluative morphology: conceptual and methodological challenges. SLE Research Grant – Joint Initiative 2022. Ruolo: co-PI with Muriel Norde and Kristel Van Goethem.
  • Dal 2022 – UniDive – Universality, diversity and idiosyncrasy in language technology, CA21167 COST Action. Ruolo: membro.
  • 2017-2020 - "universaLIST - List constructions in typological-cognitive perspective". Project funded by the LILEC Department of the University of Bologna. Role: coordinator. Output: ListTyp - A typological database of listing patterns.
  • 2016-2019 - "LEAdhoC - The linguistic expression of ad hoc categories", SIR project coordinated by Caterina Mauri. Role: member.
  • 2014-2017 - "PARSEME - Parsing and multi-word expressions", IC1207 COST Action (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). Role: member.
  • 2013-2016 - "CombiNet - Word combinations in Italian", PRIN project coordinated by Raffaele Simone / Alessandro Lenci. Role: Head of the Bologna Research Unit
  • 2012-2013 - "Paisa' - Piattaforma per l'Apprendimento dell'Italiano Su corpora Annotati", FIRB project coordinated by Sergio Scalise / Vito Pirrelli. Role: Head of the Bologna Research Unit.

Research networks

  • Since 2018 - "S2G: Speaking to Grammar". Research network coordinated by Miriam Voghera on the emergence of grammar from discourse. Role: member.
  • Since 2016 - "LIST: LISTing in natural language". Research network based at the LILEC Department of the University of Bologna. Role: coordinator, together with Caterina Mauri.

Research centers and groups

  • Since 2020 - Member of Alma AI (Interdepartmental Center Alma Mater Research Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Humanistic AI Unit), University of Bologna.
  • Since 2015 - Member of CoLiTec (Corpora, Linguistics, Technology), University of Bologna.
  • Since 2015 - Member of CLUB (Linguistic Circle of the University of Bologna), University of Bologna.
  • Since 2007 - Member of TRIPLE (Word and Lexicon Research Table), Roma Tre University.

Research periods abroad

  • 2014 - Short visit at the Universitetet i Tromsø [Sponsor: Antonio Fábregas].
  • 2012 - Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (California) [Sponsor: Beth Levin].
  • 2005 - Visiting Scholar at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam [Sponsor: Geert Booij].
Awards
  • 2017 - National Award for Scientific Popularization "Giancarlo Dosi" 2017 for the Section "Humanities, Philosophical, Historical and Literary Sciences", for the volume the volume "Tutto ciò che hai sempre voluto sapere sul linguaggio e sulle lingue" (edited by Francesca Masini and Nicola Grandi).
  • 2010 - Prize for the best presentation (as post-doc) awarded by Societas Linguistica Europaea, SLE43, Vilnius, September 2-5, 2010.

Talks and seminars (last 5 years)

  • Duplication, triplication and beyond: a cross-linguistic investigation [con/with Simone Mattiola]. Talk. “Association of Linguistic Typology” (ALT2022), Austin, Texas (Online), 15-17.12.2022.
  • Catching and representing multimodal features of Italian constructions: some reflections. Invited talk. Panel “Advances in constructional multimodal research”, Praga, 23.11.2022.
  • Esplorando i confini delle categorie concettuali: l’approssimazione con mezzi morfologici. Invited seminar. “Seminario permanente di Linguistica italiana”, Brno (Online), 14 novembre 2022.
  • Pleonastic verb particle constructions in Italian: a corpus-based investigation [con/with Lucia Busso]. Talk. “Grammar & Corpora 2022” (GaC2022), Gent (Belgium), 29.06-02.07.2022.
  • Costruzioni emergenti in microdiacronia. Invited seminar. Università di Torino (Online), 12.05.2022.
  • What makes an awfully good oxymoron? [con/with Marianna Bolognesi, Claudia Roberta Combei, Marta La Pietra]. Talk. Thematic Session “On the margins of figurative thought and language”, “6th International Conference on Figurative Thought and Language” (FTL6), Poznań (Online), 21-22.04.2022.
  • Non-prototypicality by (discontinuous) reduplication: the N-non-N construction in Italian [con/with Jacopo Di Donato]. Talk. Discontinuous Workshop “Approximation in Morphology” (ApproxiMo), Online, 18.01.2022.
  • Il corpus RadioCast-it [con/with Claudia Roberta Combei]. Invited seminar. “Incontri sociolinguistici”, Bologna, 14.12.2021.
  • The fate of ‘pseudo-’ words: a contrastive corpus-based analysis [con/with Kristel Van Goethem & Muriel Norde]. Talk. “Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies” (UCCTS 2021), Bertinoro, 9-11.09.2021.
  • Costruzioni a lista nell’italiano parlato [con/with Roberta Cicchirillo & Simone Mattiola]. Talk. Workshop “La modalità parlata e il suo ruolo nei modelli grammaticali”, “LIV Congresso Internazionale della Società di Linguistica Italiana (SLI)”, Firenze (Online), 9-11.09.2021.
  • Multi-layered indexicality: When proper names become categories [con/with Caterina Mauri]. Talk. Workshop “Indexicality”, “54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea” (SLE 54), Open Science Network, Online, 30.08-03.09.2021.
  • The prosody of list constructions [con/with Roberta Cicchirillo, Claudia Roberta Combei & Miriam Voghera]. Talk. Workshop “Constructional analysis in multimodal perspective”, “54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea” (SLE 54), Open Science Network, Online, 30.08-03.09.2021.
  • Posizionamento del sé e rappresentazione dell’altro nel discorso: una prospettiva interculturale [con/with Marianna Bolognesi, Claudia Borghetti & Caterina Mauri]. Talk. Conference “Le parole sono importanti. Comprendere la diversità e l’inclusione attraverso l’uso delle parole” Bologna (Online), 13-14.05.2021.
  • Multiword expressions we live by: a validated usage-based dataset from corpora of written Italian [Maria Silvia Micheli, Andrea Zaninello, Sara Castagnoli & Malvina Nissim]. Poster. “Seventh Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics” (CLiC-it 2020), Bologna (Online), 01-03.03.2021.
  • Extravagant lists: constructional reflections. Invited seminar. University of Vienna (Online), 14.12.2020.
  • Verso la creazione di un nuovo corpus di italiano della radio e dei podcast [con/with Silvia Ballarè & Claudia Roberta Combei]. Talk. Giornata di studi “Parola al parlato”, CLUB DAY, Università di Bologna, 01.10.2020.
  • Oxymorons: a preliminary corpus investigation [with Marta La Pietra]. Poster. “Second Workshop on Figurative Language Processing”, “58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics” (ACL 2020), Seattle (Online), 09.07.2020.
  • Lists meet typology: how to face cross-linguistic research with non-conventional categories [con/with Simone Mattiola]. Poster. “13th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology” (ALT 2019), Pavia, 04-06.09.2019.
  • Discontinuous reduplication: a typological sketch [con/with Simone Mattiola]. Talk. “13th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology” (ALT 2019), Pavia, 04-06.09.2019.
  • Morphologically embedded general extenders: consequences for morphological theory [con/with Simone Mattiola]. Talk. Workshop “Extravagant morphology”, “52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea” (SLE 52), Leipzig (Germany), 21-24.08.2019.
  • Mapping approximation and its sources. Invited seminar. “Séminaire PLIN”, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Centre de recherche VALIBEL, 12.02.2019.
  • “Prendere e V” nell’italiano contemporaneo: una costruzione emergente? [con/with Greta Vecchi & Simone Mattiola]. Talk. “LII Congresso Internazionale della Società di Linguistica Italian (Le tendenze dell’italiano contemporaneo rivisitate)”, Bern, 06-08.09.2018.
  • Attenuation and categorization: a cross-linguistic study [con/with Silvia Micheli & Shanshan Huang]. Talk. Workshop “Attenuated qualities in a cross-linguistic perspective”, “51st Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea” (SLE 51), Tallinn (Estonia), 29.08-01.09.2018.
  • Syntactic discontinuous reduplication in Italian (and beyond) [con/with Simone Mattiola]. Talk. “51st Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea” (SLE 51), Tallinn (Estonia), 29.08-01.09.2018.
  • Fare tipologia oltre le categorie tradizionali: spunti e riflessioni dal progetto universaLIST [con/with Simone Mattiola]. Talk. Giornata di studi “Tipologia e diacronia: alla ricerca di sinergie”, CLUB DAY, Università di Bologna, 22.05.2018.
  • The morphological expression of approximation: the emerging simil- construction in Italian [con/with Silvia Micheli]. Talk. “18th International Morphology Meeting” (IMM18), Budapest (Hungary), 10-13.05.2018.
  • L’avventura della divulgazione linguistica: sfide e prospettive [con/with Nicola Grandi]. Invited seminar. “Conversazioni Linguistiche”, Università di Trento, 13.04.2018.
  • Making one’s way through the lexicon. A Construction Morphology account of simil- complex words in Italian. Invited talk. Workshop “French (construction) morphology meets medieval medical vocabulary”, University of Leuven (Belgium), 16.03.2018.

Events organization (last 5 years)

  • 2022 - Organizer (with Jenny Audring and Nikos Koutsoukos) of the "13th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting" (MMM13), University of the Aegean, Rhodes (Greece), May 19-22, 2022.
  • 2021-2022 - Organizer (with Kristel van Goethem and Muriel Norde) of the Discontinuous Workshop "ApproxiMo - Approximation in Morphology", Virtual, December 2021 to May 2022.
  • 2021 - Member of the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the Summer School "Catching Language Data", University of Bologna (Virtual), June 21-25, 2022.
  • 2019 - Organizer (with Jenny Audring and Nikos Koutsoukos) of the "12th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting" (MMM12), University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 27-30, 2019.
  • 2018 - Organizer (with Nicola Grandi and Rosa Pugliese) of the IV Interannual Conference of the Società di Linguistica Italiana (SLI) on "La linguistica della divulgazione, la divulgazione della linguistica", Bologna, June 14-15, 2018.

Editorial service

  • Since 2021 - Member of the Scientific Board of the journal "Linguistic Typology at the Crossroads".
  • Since 2021 - Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the "Cambridge Elements in Morphology" series, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • Since 2016 - Member of the Advisory Board of the journal "Zeitschrift für Wortbildung / Journal of Word-formation" (Peter Lang).
  • Since 2016 - Member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Lingue e Linguaggio" (il Mulino).
  • Since 2012 - Member of the Scientific Committee of the Linguistics series of Caissa Italia Editore.

Membership in scientific societies

  • Società di Linguistica Italiana (SLI), Linguistic Society of America (LSA), Società Italiana di Glottologia (SIG), Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT), Associazione Italiana di Linguistica Computazionale (AILC).

External links

  • Academia.edu: https://unibo.academia.edu/FrancescaMasini