Personnel de l'université

Marta DONAZZAN

Enseignant - chercheur

Coordonnées

Bâtiment FLCE - Bureau 719 Chemin de la Censive du Tertre BP 81227, 44312 Nantes Cedex 3

Mail
Marta.Donazzan@univ-nantes.fr

Discipline(s) enseignée(s)

Linguistique anglaise: syntaxe, sémantique

Thèmes de recherche

My main area of research is the formal analysis of natural language semantics at its interface with syntax and semantics. My aim is to connet specific phenomena to general laws, by following a comparative and theoretically-informed perspective.  My studies are based on the qualitative analysis of elicited data as well as on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of modern language corpora.

I'm interested in understanding the ontology of natural language, and more specifically the way in which languages express reference in both the nominal and verbal domains. Topics that I addressed recently are definiteness, temporal reference in tensed and tenseless languages, verbal and nominal plurality, causative constructions in Romance.

 

My research concerns the formal treatment of natural language semantics at its interface with syntax and morphology. My aim is to connect specific language phenomena to general laws, by following a comparative and theoretically informed perspective. My studies are based on the qualitative analysis of elicited data as well as on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of modern language corpora.

I am interested in understanding the ontology of natural language and the way in which languages express definiteness, countability and reference in both the eventuality and nominal domain. Together, the comparative research methodology that I privilege and the broad topic of investigating nominal and verbal parameters foster the understanding of language variation, both at a macro-level (Mandarin Chinese) and at the micro-level across Romance varieties, and shed a light on the relation between functional categories and semantic interpretation in a more general perspective.