Dr Vittorio TantucciLecturer in Chinese and Linguistics
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.
At the moment I convene the following modules:
CHIN200 Chinese Linguistics
CHIN201 Chinese Linguistics
CHIN300 Chinese Linguistics and translation
LING490 Cognitive Approaches to English Grammar (MA module)
PhD Supervision Interests
Pragmatics (i.e. historical pragmatics, intercultural pragmatics, speech act theory, (im-)politeness theory, corpus pragmatics, presupposition-entailment-implicature studies). Cognitive linguistics (including cognitive grammar, construction grammar, radical construction grammar, chunking theory, dialogic syntax, entrenchment) and functional approaches to grammar. Intersubjectivity (to be intended as the codified interplay between theory of mind and language). Chinese/Sinitic linguistics (including any aspect of Mandarin grammar, in particular aspectual and modal systems, language change and reanalysis, language teaching and intercultural pragmatic approaches to Mandarin and other Sinitic languages). Language typology (addressed either on a synchronic or a diachronic level).