FRANA ILARIA
Frana Ilaria foto
Qualifica
Professore associato
Orario di ricevimento
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Settore Scientifico Disciplinare
L-LIN/01 - Lingua e traduzione lingua inglese
Settore Concorsuale
10/G1
Note biografiche
Ph.D. in Linguistica, Semantica
Curriculum accademico
PREVIOUS POSITIONS

09/2014 - 09/2015
Assistant Professor (visiting), Linguistics Department, University of Connecticut

09/2012 - 09/2014
Assistant Professor (visiting), Linguistics Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

09/2008 - 08/2012
Postdoctoral Researcher in the research group (Excellence Initiative) Noun Phrases in Intensional Contexts, University of Göttingen (Germany); group leader: Magdalena Kaufmann.


EDUCATION

May 2010
Ph.D. in Linguistics, Linguistics department, University of Massachusetts Amherst.Dissertation title: Concealed Questions: In Search of Answers
Committee: Angelika Kratzer (chair), Rajesh Bhatt, Irene Heim, Philip Bricker

Fall 2002 - Spring 2003
School of African and Oriental Studies, London, UK
Visiting fellow, Department of Linguistics

July 2002
University of Salerno, Italy, Faculty of Humanities, Laurea cum Laude in Communication. Thesis title: The Constituents of Meaning. Committee: Alessandro Zucchi (chair), Roberto Cordeschi



PUBLICATIONS AND MANUSCRIPTS

Book

Forthcoming Concealed Questions, forthcoming in the series Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, Oxford University Press.


Articles, book chapters

Invited: 'Concealed Questions', in L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullmann and T. E. Zimmermann (eds.), Companion to Semantics, Wiley's Linguistics Companion Series.

To appear: 'Italian Mica in Assertions and Questions', in N. Bade et.al. (eds.) Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20.

To appear: 'Modality in the nominal domain. The Case of Adnominal Conditionals', in A. Arregui, M.Rivero and A. Salanova (eds.) Modality Across Syntactic Categories, Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, Oxford University Press.

2013a: 'Quantified Concealed Questions', Natural Language Semantics 21(2): 179-218.

2013b: 'Quantified Concealed Questions and Descriptive Traces', in L. Fainlab, N. LaCara and Y. Park (eds.), Proceedings of NELS 41. Amherst, GLSA.

2011: 'Unconditional concealed questions and the nature of Heim's ambiguity'. Co-authored with Kyle Rawlins, in Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 21: 495-514. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.

2010a: 'Concealed Questions. In Search of Answers', doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Available online: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI3409576/

2010b: 'Copular Questions and Concealed Questions', in Martin Prinzhorn, Viola Schmitt and Sarah Zobel (eds.): Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 14: 134-150.

2008: 'The Role of Discourse Prominence in the Resolution of Referential Ambiguities. Evidence from Co-reference in Italian', to appear in J. Anderssen, K. Moulton and F. Schwarz (eds.), Semantics and Processing, UMOP Amherst, GLSA.

2006: 'The de re Analysis of Concealed Questions: A Unified Approach to Definite and Indefinite Concealed Questions', in M. Gibson and J. Howell (eds.), Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory XVI, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, pp. 17-34.

2002: 'The Constituents of Meaning', ms. University of Salerno.


TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS

2016 Italian mica as a Common Ground Management Operator. Co-authored with Kyle Rawlins. Incontro di Grammatica Generativa 42, February 18-20, Lecce, Italy.

2015 Italian Negation and Mica in Questions and Assertions. Co-authored with Kyle Rawlins. Sinn und Bedeutung 20, Tuebingen, Germany.

2015 Embedding the Epistemic Future in Italian and Spanish. Co-authored with Paula Menendez Benito. Sinn und Bedeutung 20, Tuebingen, Germany.

2014 Epistemic biases in Polar Questions. The case of Italian Mica. Invited talk at the University of Connecticut Logic Group.

2013 Mica questions and bias. Co-authored with Kyle Rawlins. NELS 44, University of Connecticut, USA.

2012 Adnominal Conditionals and Modal NPs. Talk presented at the workshop Modality at OttawaU, University of Ottawa, Canada.

2012 Covert Nominal Modality. The case of Adnominal Conditionals. Invited talk at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

2011 Heim's ambiguity and the lexical content of attitude predicates. Co-authored with Kyle Rawlins. Invited talk at the University of Maryland, Linguistics colloquia series [presented by co-author].

2011 Unconditional Concealed Questions. Co-authored with Kyle Rawlins. Semantics Colloquia Series, University of Göttingen (Germany).

2011 Unconditional concealed questions and the nature of Heim's ambiguity. Co-authored with Kyle Rawlins. SALT 21, Rutgers University, USA.

2010 Quantified Concealed Questions and Descriptive Traces. NELS 41, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

2010 On Concealed Questions. Invited talk in Kyle Rawlins' class "Semantics II", Johns Hopkins University.

2010 Transparent/Opaque ambiguities in embedded copular questions. Invited talk at the workshop A Matter of Attitude. The Semantics of Attitude Ascriptions from the Perspective of Linguistics and Philosophy, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Goettingen, Germany. (http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/131761.html)

2009 Copular Questions and Concealed Questions. Sinn und Bedeutung 14, University of Vienna, Austria.

2009 Frequently Asked Concealed Questions (with Magdalena Kaufmann) Introductory talk given at the workshop Frequently Asked Concealed Questions (FACQs), University of Göttingen.

2007 The role of prominence in the resolution of referential ambiguities: Evidence from co-reference in Italian. Poster presented at CUNY 20, University of California San Diego, USA.

2006 Deriving Concealed Questions Meanings from the Semantics of the Predicate. WCCFL 25, University of Washington, USA.

2006 Wondering about Concealed Questions. SALT 16, University of Tokyo, Japan.

2005 Significato e Contesto d'uso (Meaning and Context). Invited talk for the class of Philosophy of Language taught by Prof. Marcello Frixione, University of Salerno.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Connecticut Storrs (2014 - 2015)

Spring 2015
Ling 1020: Language and Environment
(Enrollment: 210; supervised a team of 4 TAs)
Ling 3410Q: Semantics (Enrollment: 31)

Fall 2014
Ling 3610W: Language and Culture
(Enrollment: 18; writing course)
Ling 2010Q: The Science of Linguistics (Enrollment: 30)

University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2012 - 2014)

Spring 2014
Ling 620: Formal Semantics (Ph.D. level)
Ling 753: Topics in Semantics (Ph.D. level)
[Co-taught with Angelika Kratzer]

Spring 2014
Ling 791D: Semantics Workshop (Ph.D. level)
[Co-taught with Angelika Kratzer]

Fall 2013
Ling 510: Introduction to Semantics
(Enrollment: 30; writing course)

Spring 2013
Ling 510: Introduction to Semantics
(Enrollment: 30; writing course)

Fall 2012
Proseminar in Semantics (Ph.D. level)
Topic: Intensionality in the DP


Georg August-Universität Göttingen (2009 - 2012)

Spring 2012
Semantics and Pragmatics (with Magdalena Kaufmann)
Linguistics department (Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar)

Fall 2011
Introduction to Semantics
Linguistics department (Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar)

Spring 2011
The Semantics of Tense and Aspect (with Paula Menéndez-Benito)
Linguistics department, English department

Spring 2010
Semantics and Pragmatics II
Linguistics department (Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar)

Fall 2009
Semantics and Pragmatics I
Linguistics department (Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar)


University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2004 - 2008)

Spring 2008
Linguistics 201: Introduction to Linguistic Theory

Fall 2007
Linguistics 201: Introduction to Linguistic Theory

Spring 2005
Linguistics 201: Introduction to Linguistic Theory
(Teaching Assistant for Prof. John Kingston)

Fall 2004
Linguistics 101: People and their Language
(Teaching Assistant for Prof. Peggy Speas)

Summer 2004 Assistant to Angelika Kratzer and Lyn Frazier to help develop an undergraduate class on Language and Mind.


ADVISING

2014-2015 Member of Jon Ander Mendia's General Papers committee (Ph.D. level, topic: superlative modifiers), University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

2013 Supervisor of M. Dupont and R. Tenjarla's Independent study (undergraduate level, topic: "Polar Questions in English"), University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

2010-2012 Co-advisor of the following BA-theses: "Negative Polarity Items" (by E. Gabrovska); "The temporal Interpretation of Noun Phrases" (by S. Tönnis); "On knowing concealed questions" (by E. Ahrends), University of Göttingen.

SERVICE

2013 - present Member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the journal Semantics-Syntax Interface (http://semantics-syntax.ut.ac.ir)

Workshop Organizer

2010
The Grammar of Attitudes (AG12) a workshop at the DGfS Jahrestagung 2011, University of Göttingen, February 23-25.
(https://grammarofattitudes.wordpress.com/). Co-organizers: Magdalena Kaufmann (University of Göttingen) and Keir Moulton (Simon Fraser University).

2009
Frequently Asked Concealed Questions (FACQs), University of Göttingen, June 5-7. Co-organizers: Magdalena Kaufmann and Sarah Zobel (University of Göttingen).

Reviewing

2010 - present Reviewer for the following journals: Linguistics and Philosophy (Springer), Lingua (Elsevier), Australian Journal of Linguistics, Semantics-Syntax Interface.

2009 - present Conference Abstract Reviewer: Semantics and Linguistic Theory, Sinn und Bedeutung, North Eastern Linguistics Society, West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.

Departmental Service

Fall 2008 - Summer 2012
Co-organizer of the Semantics Colloquia Series, University of Göttingen.
(http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/activities/152752.html)

Fall 2004 - Spring 2005
Student representative to the Departmental Colloquium Committee (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Fall 2006 - Spring 2007
UMass Linguistic Colloquium organizer


RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

Fall 2005 - Spring 2006 Research Assistant to Lyn Frazier and Charles Clifton, (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Responsibilities included preparing and running self-paced reading experiments.

2001 and 2002
Research Assistant to Sandro Zucchi (Universitŕ degli Studi di Salerno)
Responsibilities included collecting data on Italian Sign Language.


FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2016 Recipient of the "Marica De Vincenzi award" for best paper by an Italian Researcher selected for IGG (Incontro Grammatica Generativa), offered by "Fondazione Marica De Vincenzi Onlus".

Fall 2006 - Spring 2007 University Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fall 2003 - Spring 2004 First-year Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2002 Post-lauream Fellowship to spend ten months at the School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS), London, UK

2002 My undergraduate thesis The Constituents of Meaning received an official mention by the committee for being work of publishable quality (dignitia' di pubblicazione)

1999 ERASMUS Fellowship to spend six months at the University of Salamanca, Spain.

LANGUAGES:
Italian (native), English (fluent), Spanish (good), German (basic)
Aree di interesse scientifico
Linguistics, Formal semantics, pragmatics, syntax-semantics interface, philosophy of language, psycholinguistics.

Domains of particular interest: modality, attitude verbs, (concealed) questions, intensional DPs, discourse particles, (adnominal) conditionals, specificational clauses, relational nouns, anaphora, prosodic effects on semantic interpretation.

Pubblicazioni principali
Book

Forthcoming Concealed Questions, forthcoming in the series Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, Oxford University Press.


Articles, book chapters

Invited: 'Concealed Questions', in L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullmann and T. E. Zimmermann (eds.), Companion to Semantics, Wiley's Linguistics Companion Series.

To appear: 'Italian Mica in Assertions and Questions', in N. Bade et.al. (eds.) Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20.

To appear: 'Modality in the nominal domain. The Case of Adnominal Conditionals', in A. Arregui, M.Rivero and A. Salanova (eds.) Modality Across Syntactic Categories, Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, Oxford University Press.

2013a: 'Quantified Concealed Questions', Natural Language Semantics 21(2): 179-218.

2013b: 'Quantified Concealed Questions and Descriptive Traces', in L. Fainlab, N. LaCara and Y. Park (eds.), Proceedings of NELS 41. Amherst, GLSA.

2011: 'Unconditional concealed questions and the nature of Heim's ambiguity'. Co-authored with Kyle Rawlins, in Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 21: 495-514. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University.

2010a: 'Concealed Questions. In Search of Answers', doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Available online: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI3409576/

2010b: 'Copular Questions and Concealed Questions', in Martin Prinzhorn, Viola Schmitt and Sarah Zobel (eds.): Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 14: 134-150.

2008: 'The Role of Discourse Prominence in the Resolution of Referential Ambiguities. Evidence from Co-reference in Italian', to appear in J. Anderssen, K. Moulton and F. Schwarz (eds.), Semantics and Processing, UMOP Amherst, GLSA.

2006: 'The de re Analysis of Concealed Questions: A Unified Approach to Definite and Indefinite Concealed Questions', in M. Gibson and J. Howell (eds.), Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory XVI, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, pp. 17-34.