Hi! I’m Giovanni (he/him), a 4th year PhD student in linguistics at MIT.
Most of my work deals with morphology, syntax, and their interactions.
I often work on underresearched languages, and I’ve conducted fieldwork with native speakers on Äiwoo (Oceanic), North Sámi (Uralic), and Passamaquoddy (Algonquian).
I’m also a member of the Language Acquisition Lab at MIT.
Some of the topics I’ve worked on include:
- Agreement: what kind of theory do we need to model complex agreement systems?
- Possession: how is this semantic notion mapped onto the syntax of different languages?
- Language acquisition: what kind of grammatical rules can(’t) children acquire?
- Artificial intelligence: what are large language models really doing, and how do they differ from humans
- Argument structure/voice: how do we tell who does what to whom?
- Affix order: how do we stack morphemes onto each other?
Outside of academia, as a hobby I play the piano – I have an amateur-ish jazz training, so I should be able to comp if given chords – and sing.
I’m originally from Correggio, a small town in Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. I have also lived in Norway for many years, and specifically Northern Norway is my second home.