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Dr Norma Schifano

Dr Norma Schifano

Research Associate, Department of Italian (MML)

Historical and synchronic comparative Romance and Greek linguistics



Language contact


Research Interests

Norma has recently completed her PhD at the Department of Italian (University of Cambridge) with a dissertation on Romance verb-movement and is currently working as Research Associate for the Leverhulme-funded project entitled ‘Fading voices in Southern Italy: investigating language contact in Magna Graecia’ with Prof. Adam Ledgeway (PI) and Dr Giuseppina Silvestri (RA). Her research interests include historical and synchronic Romance and Greek comparative morphosyntax, with a special focus on language contact, TAM marking, functional make-up of the sentential core, verb-movement, adverbial syntax and cartography.


  • Dialectology
  • Language change
  • Endangered languages
  • Syntax
  • Greek
  • Italian


Key Publications

Cognola, Federica and Norma Schifano (forthcoming). ‘On ben in Trentino regional Italian.’ Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2015. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Schifano, Norma (2016a). ‘Le lingue romanze: verso una cartografia del movimento del verbo’. In Eva Buchi, Jean-Paul, Cheveau and Jean-Marie Pierrel (eds), Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (Nancy, 15–20 juillet 2013), Volume 1 (selected proceedings). Strasbourg: ÉliPhi, 581-92. Also published in Adam Ledgeway, Michela Cennamo, Guido Mensching (eds), Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes, Section 4: Syntaxe (all proceedings). Nancy, ATILF, 415-426 (available at

Schifano, Norma, Maria Olimpia Squillaci, Giuseppina Silvestri (2016). ‘Some preliminary observations on auxiliary selection and participle agreement in Greko and Bovese’. Proceedings of the 6th Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory, University of Patras, 25-28 September 2014 (available at

Schifano, Norma (2015a). ‘The paradigmatic instantiation of TAM: a novel approach to Romance verb-movement’. In Enoch Aboh, Jeannette Schaeffer and Petra Sleeman (eds), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2013. Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ Amsterdam 2013. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 83-102.

Schifano,  Norma (2015b). ‘Il posizionamento del verbo nei dialetti romanzi d’Italia’. The Italianist 35(1), 121-138.

Schifano, Norma (2014). ‘(Un)marked patterns of verb-movement: the case of Romanian’. In Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae (eds), Diacronie și sincronie în studiul limbii române. Bucharest: Editura Universității din București, 191-201.

Oniga, Renato (2014). Latin: a linguistic introduction. Edited and translated by Norma Schifano. Oxford: Oxford University Press.