Giovanni Roversi


Hi! Iโ€™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 Iโ€™ve conducted fieldwork with native speakers on ร„iwoo (Oceanic), North Sรกmi (Uralic), and Passamaquoddy (Algonquian).

Iโ€™m also a member of the Language Acquisition Lab at MIT.
Some of the topics Iโ€™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(โ€™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 โ€“ I have an amateur-ish jazz training, so I should be able to comp if given chords โ€“ and sing.

Iโ€™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.