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Alessia Cassarà

Department of Romance Languages

Philosophikum, Raum 2.305
Tel: (+49) 221/470-7285
Office hours: appointment by email


Education and degrees awarded:
  • 2016-2017: Research Master (Mres) in Linguistics, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 2010-2012: Master of Arts (MA) in English and French literature, Università degli studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy.
  • 2006-2009: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Translation and Interpretation, ISTI (Institut Supérieur des traducteurs et interprètes, Brussels, Belgium.
Academic Work Experience:
  • Since January 2021: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiterin von Prof. Dr. Aria Adli.
  • From July 2017 to December 2020: Associate researcher with Prof. Dr. Aria Adli at the SFB 1252 Prominence in Language, C01.
Working Fields and Research Interests: 
  • Information Structure
  • Syntax-pragmatics interface
  • Formal syntax
  • Sociolinguistics
  • From 04/21 to 07/21: Einführung in die italienische Sprachwissenschaft.
  • From 10/20 to 02/21: HS Fortgeschrittene Syntaxanalyse: nicht-kanonische Strukturen mit engem Subjektfokus (co-teaching mit Prof. Dr. Aria Adli).
Fieldwork experience: 
  • From 01/12/18 to 15/12/18 in Barcelona, Spain. Data collection through story completion experiment.
  • Cassarà A. 2021. Heritage speakers. Talk presented at the Cologne Spring School on 'Cultural identities and language maintenance: Comparing Hispanic and Iranian communities in the US and in Germany'. Cologne, April 2021.
  • Cassarà A. 2020. El foco informativo y la posición del sujeto en español: un estudio de corpus. Talk presented at the seminar on 'Sintaxis, estructura de la información, y lingüística de corpus'. Vienna, December 2020.
  • Cassarà A. 2019. Language, Diversity and Minorities: the case of Sicily. Talk presented at the Cologne summer school on 'Language, diversity and minorities'. Cologne, October 2019.
  • Cassarà A., Engel E., Adli A. 2019. The relation between topic persistence, peripheral position and verb semantics in Spanish. Talk presented at the conference 'Romanistentag'. Kassel, September 2019.
  • Cassarà A. 2019. Subject focus in Spanish and French: a comparative corpus study. Talk presented at the 'Oberseminar Romanistiche Linguistik'. Munich, May 2019.
  • Cassarà, Alessia. 2018. The Sociolinguistic Lab goes to Sicily. Talk presented at the Cologne summer school on ‘Challenges and Opportunities for a Multilingual Society – Movement, Migration, Languages, Psychology, and Education. Cologne, August 2018.
  • Cassarà A. & Mürmann S. 2018. Role semantic parameters for Differentially Object Marking in Spanish and Italian. Talk presented in Kolloquium DOM in Spanish: diachronic change and synchronic variation. Zürich. June 2018.
  • Cassarà, Alessia. 2018. Information structure, argument structure and sentence form in syntactic variation. Talk presented at a.r.t.e.s. Kolloquium. Cologne. May 2018.
  • Cassarà, Alessia & Mürmann, Sophie. (to appear) "Role semantic parameters for Differentially Object Marking in Spanish and Italian” In Johannes Kabatek, Philipp Obrist & Albert Wall (Hg.), New reflections on DOM in Spanish, Catalan and beyond.  Berlin/New York: De Gruyter.