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Persone > Prof. Adriana Belletti
Curriculum Vitae

Adriana Belletti is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Siena.

  • She has been a student and then a researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, a visiting scholar and research affiliate at the Department of Linguistics of MIT.
  • She has taught at the University of Geneva, in various international summer institutes, e.g. LSA/New York, Glow-Girona, ALI-Brisbane-Australia, Glow-Barcelona;  in various linguistics departments and research institutes, e.g. UCLA-USA, UFSC-Florianopolis-Brazil, University of Paris-7, DEC-Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.
  • She is a member of the editorial board of Linguistic Inquiry, MIT Press; she has been in the scientific committee of various international conferences and workshops - recently, GALA2005-University of  Siena; Latsis Colloquium 2006-University of Geneve, 35th IGG 2009-University of  Siena.
  • She has been a member of the European COST A33 Crosslinguistically robust stages of children’s linguistic performance.
Adriana Belletti
  • She is the national coordinator of the project founded by the Italian Ministry of Research/FIRB (Fondo Italiano per la Ricerca di Base) on Fundamental research and the Italian language: Documentation, monolingual, bilingual and L2 acquisition, conception of multimedia products.
  • She is a MC member of the of the European COST Action  IS 0804, Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment (2009-2013)
  • She is the coordinator of various a Socrates-Erasmus programs between  the University of Siena and the:  Université de Genève; Autonoma University of Barcelona; University of Stüttgart; University of Edinburgh; University of Oldenburg; Université de Tours.
  • She is the promoter of a bilateral agreement between the Faculty of Letters of the University of Siena and the Department of Linguistics at UCLA-USA
  • Her research focuses on theoretical comparative syntax, comparative studies in language acquisition and pathology.


Main selected publications


  1. Generalized Verb Movement. Aspects of Verb Syntax, Rosenberg & Sellier, 1990, Torino, pp.151
  2. Structures and Strategies, Routlegde, 2009, New York, pp.370
  3. Syntactic Theory and the Dialects of Italy, (ed.) Rosenberg & Sellier, 1993, Torino, pp.353
  4. Parameters and Functional Heads. Essays in Comparative Syntax (editor with L.Rizzi), 1996, Oxford University Press, New York
  5. On Nature and Language, by N.Chomsky, editor and introduction with L.Rizzi, 2002 Cambridge University Press
  6. Structures and Beyond. The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, vol.3. (editor and introduction), 2004, Oxford University Press
  7. Language Acquisition and Development, Proceedings of GALA2005 (editor with E.Bennati, C.Chesi, E.Di Domenico, I.Ferrari), CSP, Cambridge UK, 2006, 597
  1. “The Case of Unaccusatives”, Linguistic Inquiry, 19, 1, 1988, pp.1-34;
  2. “Psych-Verbs and Th-Theory” (con L.Rizzi), Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 6, 3, 1988, pp.291-352;
  3. “La frase comparativa”, in Grande Grammatica Italiana di Consultazione, vol. II, a cura di Lorenzo Renzi e Gian Paolo Salvi, Il Mulino, 1991, pp.832-853;
  4. “The Order of Verbal Complements: A Comparative Study” (with Ur Shlonsky), Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 13, 3, 1995, pp.489-526;
  5. “Italian/Romance Clitics: Structure and Derivation”, in Clitics in the Languages of Europe, H. van Riemsdijk ed., 1999, pp. 543-579, Mouton De Gruyter, Berlin ;
  6. “Agreement Projections”, in A Handbook of Syntactic Theory, M.Baltin & C.Collins eds., pp. 483-510, 2000, Blackwell, Oxford ;
  7. “On the L2/bilingual acquisition of French by two young children with different source languages”, (withC.Hamann) in The acquisition of French in different contexts: Focus on  functional categories, P.Prévost & J. Paradis eds., J.Benjamins,  Amsterdam, 2004 pp. 147-174
  8. “Aspects of the low IP area”,  in The Structure of CP and IP, L.Rizzi ed., 16-51, 2004, Oxford University Press.
  9. “Extended doubling and the VP periphery”, in Probus,  2005, 17, 1:  1-35
  10. “(Past) Participle Agreement”, in The Blackwell Companion to Syntax (M..Everaert & H. van Riemsdijk eds.), 2006,Vol. 3, 493-521
  11. "Answering strategies. A view from acquisition", in Romance languages and linguistic theory 2005 (S. Baauw, F. Drijkoningen and M. Pinto eds.), Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins Publications, 2007, 19-38.
  12. “Theoretical and developmental issues in the syntax of subjects: evidence from near native Italian” (with E.Bennati and A.Sorace), Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 2007, 25:4, 657-689
  13. “Acquisition meets comparison. Some notes”, Proceedings of Gala2007, CSP, Cambridge, UK, 2008, 70-80
  14. “Relativized Relatives: Types of intervention in the acquisition of A’-dependencies”, (with Naama Friedmann and Luigi Rizzi), Lingua, 2009, 119, 67-88
  15. “The CP of Clefts”, Rivista di Grammatica Generativa,2008, 33, 191-204
  16. “Notes o Passive Object Relatives”, in press in P. Svenonius ed. Functional Structure from Top to Toe, OUP
  17. “Moving Verbal Chunks” (with Luigi Rizzi), to appear in L.Brugé, A.Cardinaletti, G.Giusti, N.Munaro eds. Functional Heads, OUP
On-line papers

- Bianchi Valentina, Belletti Adriana (2016)
Definiteness Effect and Unaccusative Subjects: An Overview and some New Thoughts.
In: Definiteness effects: Bilingual, typological and diachronic variation, Susann Fischer, Tanja Kupisch, Esther Rinke, 14–65. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

- Belletti Adriana (2014)
The focus map of clefts: Extraposition and Predication.
Beyond Functional Sequence (The Cartography of Syntactic Structures series), U.Shlonky ed., Oxford University Press [345.99 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2013)
On Fin: Italian che, Japanese no, and the selective properties of the copula in clefts.
Yoichi Miyamoto, Daiko Takahashi, Hideki Maki, Masao Ochi, Koji Sugisaki & Asako Uchibori (eds.), Deep Insights, Broad Perspectives. Essays in Honor of Mamoru Saito, 41-55. 2013. Tokyo: Kaitakusha Co., Ltd. [181.35 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana, Chesi Cristiano (2011)
Relative Clauses from the input: syntactic considerations on a corpus-based analysis of italian.
Studies in Linguistics (CISCL Working Papers) Vol.4 [292.28 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana, Rizzi Luigi (2010)
Ways of avoiding intervention: Object relatives, Passive and Control.
to appear in R.Berwick & M.Piattelli Palmarini eds. Rich grammars from a poor input¸ OUP [88.56 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana, Contemori Carla (2010)
Intervention and Attraction. On the Production of Subject and Object Relatives by Italian (young) Children and Adults.
forthcoming in the Proceedings of Gala 2009 [91.78 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana, Rizzi Luigi (2009)
Moving Verbal chuncks.
to appear in L..Brugé, A.Cardinaletti, G.Giusti, N.Munaro, C.Poletto eds. Functional Heads, OUP [62.23 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2008)
Answering strategies: New information subjects and the nature of clefts..
To appear as Chapter 10 of Structures and Strategies - Routledge [158.94 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2008)
The CP of Clefts.
StIL Vol.2 [55.62 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2008)
Structures and Strategies.
Routledge, NY [110.53 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2008)
Notes on Passive Object Relatives.
P. Svenonius ed. Functional Structure form Top to Toe, OUP [92.96 Kb [100.27 Kb ]

- Friedmann Naama, Belletti Adriana, Rizzi Luigi (2008)
Relativized relatives: Types of intervention in the acquisition of A-bar dependencies.
Lingua [441.39 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2008)
Acquisition meets comparison: some notes.
Gala 2007 Proceedings [67.68 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2008)
Pronouns and the edge of the clause..
To appear as Chapter 11 of Structures and Strategies - Routledge [128.3 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2006)
Extending doubling to non local domains: complete vs partial copying + deletion and related reconstruction issues..
[67.12 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2006)
Answering strategies. A view from acquisition.
Proceedings of Going Romance 2005 [221.69 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2005)
Extended doubling and the VP periphery.
Probus 17:1 [198.23 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2005)
Answering with a ’cleft’: the role of the null subject parameter and the vp periphery.
Proceedings of the Thirtieth ’Incontro di Grammatica Generativa’ , L.Brugè, G.Giusti, N.Munaro, W.Schweikert, G.Turano eds., 63-82, Cafoscarina, Venezia [82.48 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2005)
Kinds of evidence for linguistic theory.
To appear in the 17th Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Aristotle University,Thessaloniki, April 2005 [84 Kb ]

- Leonini Chiara, Belletti Adriana (2004)
Adult L2 acquisition of Italian clitic pronouns and "Subject inversion/VS" Structures.
LOT [167.51 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana, Leonini Chiara (2004)
Subject inversion in L2 Italian.
John Benjamins [732.62 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2004)
Aspects of the low IP area.
draft, published in ’The Structure of IP and CP. The Cartography of Syntactic Structures’ vol.2. L. Rizzi ed. OUP. [290.5 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2001)
’Inversion’ as focalization.
in A.Hulk and J.Y.Pollock eds., Inversion in Romance and the theory of Universal Grammar, Oxford University Press (OUP) [180 ]

- Belletti Adriana (2001)
(Past) Participle agreement.
Progetto SynCom (ottobre) [198.5 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2001)
La frase comparativa in italiano antico.
Università  di Siena [64.5 Kb ]

- Chomsky Noam, Belletti Adriana, Rizzi Luigi (2000)
Intervista sul Minimalismo.
Università  di Siena [160.32 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (2000)
Agreement Projections.
in M.Baltin & C.Collins eds. The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory, Blackwell [277.5 Kb ]

- Belletti Adriana (1999)
’Inversion’ as focalization and related questions.
(versione lunga) Catalan Working papers in Linguistics, 7 [260.5 Kb ]



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