I have a Phd in Linguistics from the University of Naples L’Orientale, in which I studied first and second language acquisition from a biolinguistic perspective (with proff. Anna De Meo and Cristina Vallini). I am also specialized in the Acquisition and Teaching of Italian as Second Language.
Since Sept. 2018, I have been Post-doc at University Research Priority Program Language and Space and Coordinator of the Research Group on Accommodation and Social Categorization. I am also currently involved in the SNF Project 'Voice Theft: Chances and Risks of Voice Technology' , ed by Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo and Prof. Dr. Sascha Fruholz. From September 2016 to September 2018 I have been Post-doctoral research fellow at the Phonetics Laboratory with Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo, working on age-related rhythmic variability. Before coming to Zürich, from 2012-2016, I have worked as Post-doc at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, analyzing the acoustic correlates of foreign-accented Italian. From 2012-2014 the project was funded by Innosystems - POR Campania - FSE 2007/2013 Asse IV; Asse V.
- from 2017- present: Computational Processing of Speech Rhythm for Language and Speaker Classification, Institute of Computational Linguistics.
- From 2012-1016: General Linguistics, Multilingualism and Language Acquisition, Modern Languages Teaching at the University of Naples L'Orientale (Italy).
- From 2011-2015: Interlanguage Analysis for Specializing Courses and Second Level Master at the University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy)
- From 2009 to 2016: Italian language and culture at different Italian University language centers.
I am interested in the production and perception of the temporal characteristics of second language speech, age-related changes in speech and voice as well as acoustic characteristics of pathological speech. I have also conducted research on the effect of bilingualism and biliteracy on the development of literacy-related skills in a second language and tested the use of CAPT systems in L2 prosody learning.