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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

Short Bio

Francesca Masini is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bologna since 2014. Her research revolves around how meaning is packaged into linguistic structures, with special focus on concept-naming strategies, reference construction, non-literal meanings and emergent grammar. She works primarily within constructionist approaches, combining usage-based, quantitative and typological methods.

She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Constructions and Frames, Associate Editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Morphology and member of the Permanent Committee of the Mediterranean Morphology Meetings (MMM).

She was awarded the National Award for Scientific Popularization 2017 (Humanities Area) for Tutto ciò che hai sempre voluto sapere sul linguaggio e sulle lingue (with Nicola Grandi) and is co-founder of Linguisticamente, the first Italian website for the popularization of linguistics.

Since 2022, she is Rector's Delegate for Open Science and Research Data. Go to the Curriculum vitae


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Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne
Via Cartoleria 5, Bologna - Go to map

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