Dr Vittorio Tantucci

Lecturer in Chinese and Linguistics

Research Overview

As a theoretical linguist, I am interested in the relationship between cognition, pragmatics and historical phenomena of language change, such as grammaticalization, (inter-)subjectification, chunking, entrenchment, constructionalization and semasiology. In addition, my research is also focused on the intersection of online phenomena of speech production and cognitive mechanisms such as cognitive control and Theory of Mind. In my work, I address the latter as:

• a stage of the ontogenetic development of the child (viz. his/her first language acquisition)

• a cognitively triggered stage of diachronic reanalysis of a linguistic construction

• an online form of cognitive awareness which can be operationally/textually observed during adults’ speech events.

Many aspects of my research are centered on Mandarin Chinese and other Sinitic languages addressed from a typological, cognitive and (intercultural-)pragmatic point of view. The semantic-pragmatic-grammatical domains of enquiry of my publications are: grammatical-semantic-pragmatic approaches to evidentiality, epistemic-modality, tense-aspect, factuality (or factivity), cognitive and pragmatic approaches to presuppositions, common ground, assertions and speech act theories.


My methodology is mainly characterized by qualitative and quantitative corpus-based/driven models of analysis, R-based machine-learning modeling, questionnaire-design, typological as well as intercultural-pragmatic comparison, both from a diachronic and a synchronic perspective.

Current Teaching:

I convene the following undergraduate modules:

CHIN100 Chinese Linguistics and Culture

CHIN200 Chinese Linguistics

CHIN201 Chinese Linguistics

CHIN300 Chinese Linguistics and translation

LING490 Cognitive Approaches to English Grammar (MA module)

Dynamic resonance and social reciprocity in language change: The case of Good morrow
Tantucci, V., Culpeper, J.V., Di Cristofaro, M. 07/2018 In: Language Sciences. 68, p. 6-21. 16 p.
Journal article

An evolutionary approach to semasiological change: Overt influence attempts through the development of the Mandarin 吧-ba particle
Tantucci, V. 10/2017 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 120, p. 35-53. 19 p.
Journal article

From immediate to extended intersubjectification: a gradient approach to intersubjective awareness and semasiological change
Tantucci, V. 03/2017 In: Language and Cognition. 9, 1, p. 88-120. 33 p.
Journal article

The multimodal marking of evidentiality: pragmemes of circumstantial inference and Mandarin written news report
Tantucci, V. 7/01/2017 In: Pragmemes and theories of language use. Heidelberg : Springer p. 477-491. 15 p. ISBN: 9783319434902. Electronic ISBN: 9783319434919.

The factualization of ‘I suppose’ in American English: a corpus based study of the subjectification of epistemic predicates toward factuality
Tantucci, V. 12/10/2016 In: SpringerPlus. 5, 7 p.
Journal article

Textual factualization: the phenomenology of assertive reformulation and presupposition during a speech event
Tantucci, V. 1/08/2016 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 101, p. 155-171. 17 p.
Journal article

Immediate and extended intersubjectification in language change: beyond the opposition between “theory-theory” and “simulation-theory”
Tantucci, V. 1/07/2016 In: Dualism, platonism and voluntarism. Newcastle Upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars p. 81-108. 28 p. ISBN: 9781443891011.

Toward a typology of constative speech acts: actions beyond evidentiality, epistemic modality, and factuality
Tantucci, V. 7/06/2016 In: Intercultural Pragmatics. 13, 2, p. 181-209. 29 p.
Journal article

Epistemic inclination and factualization: a synchronic and diachronic study on the semantic gradience of factuality
Tantucci, V. 09/2015 In: Language and Cognition. 7, 3, p. 371-414. 44 p.
Journal article

Traversativity and grammaticalization: the aktionsart of 过 guo as a lexical source of evidentiality
Tantucci, V. 08/2015 In: Chinese Language and Discourse. 6, 1, p. 57-100. 44 p.
Journal article

Immediate and extended intersubjectivity: synchronic and diachronic interplay among evidentiality, factuality and other domains
Tantucci, V. 1/11/2014 Lancaster University. 272 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Immediate and extended intersubjectification: the case of the presuppositional construction [you don’t want x] in British and American English
Tantucci, V. 29/07/2014

Immediate and extended intersubjectification in language change: beyond the opposition between ‘theory-theory’ and ‘simulation-theory’
Tantucci, V. 2014
Conference paper

Interpersonal Evidentiality (IE): the Mandarin V-过 guo construction and other evidential functions of ‘shared knowledge’
Tantucci, V. 2014
Conference paper

Interpersonal evidentiality: The Mandarin V-过 guo construction and other evidential systems beyond the ‘source of information’
Tantucci, V. 10/2013 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 57, p. 210-230. 21 p.
Journal article

Tantucci, V. 2009
Master's Thesis

Tantucci, V. 2008
Conference paper