Dr Vittorio Tantucci

Lecturer in Chinese and Linguistics

Research Overview

My research combines synchronic and diachronic approaches in cognitive linguistics and pragmatics. I am interested in diachronic phenomena of language change, such as grammaticalization, (inter-)subjectification, chunking, entrenchment, constructionalization and semasiology. My research is also focused on the corpus-based analysis of spontanous speech events and speech acts, especially in connection with Theory of Mind and intersubjectivity. 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 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
  • intercultural and diachronic analysis of (im-)politeness and face-work theory
  • usage-based analysis of reference and deixis


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

Current Teaching:

At the moment convene the following modules:

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