Federico Damonte

Courses taught at the Institute
Identity and Culture in Italy: A Comparative Approach

2004 Ph.D in Linguistics, University of Padua
1998 BA and Masters Degree: Summa cum laude, Modern languages (English and Dutch), University of Padua

Relevant Projects / Publications

– 2011 – 2012 Wissenschaftlicher mitarbeiter: Goethe-Universität Fankfurt am Main, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen
– 2009 – 2011 Marie Curie Research Fellow: University of Cambridge, Department of Italian. Title of the project: Dialectal variation and the definition of finiteness: finite and non-finite dependent clauses in two dialect clusters
– 2007 – 2009 Research Fellow, University of Padua, Department of Linguistics, Title of the project: Interface between morphology and other components of language
– 2004 – 2006 Research Fellow, University of Padua, Department of Linguistics, Title of research project: Verbal classes and complementation
– 1999 – 2012 Collaborator, Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche [CNR] – Istituto Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione [ISTC], Padua, Title of the project: Syntactic Atlas of the Dialects of Italy

Edited books:
– 2009 (with P. Benincà and N. Pennello), Selected Proceedings of the XXXIV Incontro di Grammatica Generativa [IGG], Rivista di Grammatica Generativa, Padova: Unipress.
– 2007 (with J. Garzonio), Studi sui dialetti della Puglia, Padova, Unipress.

– 2011 (with J. Garzonio) “Sull’inversione ipotetica in russo”, in F. Biagini (ed.) Le lingue slave ieri e oggi: morfosintassi, semantica e pragmatica, Bologna, Bologna University Press.
– 2010 (with C.Poletto) “I quantificatori nei dialetti siciliani del progetto ASIt” [Quantifiers in the sicilian dialects of the ASIt project], J. Garzonio (ed.) Studi sui dialetti della Sicilia, Padova: Unipress, pp.43-61.
– 2010 (with C. Zanini) “Ordini marcati dei costituenti in siciliano” [Marked order of the constituents in Sicilian], in J. Garzonio (ed.) Studi sui dialetti della Sicilia, Padova: Unipress, pp. 139-153.
– 2010 “Matching moods: Mood concord between CP and IP in Salentino andSouthern Calabrian subjunctive complements”, in P. Benincà and N. Munaro (eds.), Mapping the left periphery, Oxford-New York: Oxford University Press.
– 2010 (with A. Padovan), “Prefissi sia separabili che inseparabili in tedesco” [Separable and inseparable prefixes in German], in D. Bertocci-E. Triantafillis (eds), Atti della Giornata sui Preverbi [Proceedings of the Workshop on Preverbs], Quaderni Patavini di Linguistica, 26.
– 2009 (with J. Garzonio), “Čtoby and Mood Agreement in Russian”, in Proceedings of the 7.5th Formal Descriptions of Slavic Languages, Bern: Peter Lang.
– 2009(with P. Benincà) “Varianti sintattiche inter- e intra-individuali nelle grammatiche dialettali” [Inter- and intra-individual syntactic variants in dialectal grammars], in L. Amento-G. Paternostro (eds), Atti del Convegno “I parlanti e le loro storie. Competenze linguistiche, strategie comunicative, livelli di analisi”, Palermo: Centro di Studi Linguistici e Filologici Siciliani, Palermo 2009.
– 2009 (with J. Garzonio), “Per una tipologia delle particelle interrogative nei dialetti italiani” [Towards a typology of interrogative particles in Italian dialects], Rivista Italiana di Dialettologia, 32, 97-111.
– 2009 “La particella mu nei dialetti calabresi meridionali” [The particle mu in Southern Calabrian dialects], Quaderni di lavoro ASIT 9 [Issue on Osservazioni sui dialetti della Calabria, ed. by D. Pescarini].
– 2008 (with J. Garzonio), “La costruzione “cosa che” nei dialetti meridionali: spostamento di un’isoglossa settentrionale?” [The construction “what that” in Southern Italian Dialects: moving a northern isogloss?], in L’Italia dei dialetti: Atti del Convegno Sappada/Plodn 27 giugno -1 luglio, edited by G. Marcato, Padova; Unipress, pp. 265-270.
– 2008 “La posizione della negazione nei dialetti calabresi meridionali” [The position of negation in Southern Calabrian Dialects], Quaderni di lavoro ASIt 8, pp 85 – 100 [Issue on: La negazione: variazione dialettale ed evoluzione diacronica, ed. by F. Cognola and D. Pescarini] – 2007 Davide Bertocci (co-author) “Distribuzione e morfologia dei congiuntivi in alcune varietà salentine” [Distribution and morphology of subjunctive forms in some Salentino dialects], in Studi sui dialetti della Puglia, edited by Federico Damonte and Jacopo Garzonio, Padova, Unipress, pp 3 – 28.
– 2007 “Poesie popolari salentine: alcuni aspetti formali” [Salentino folk poetry: some formal aspects], in Dialetto, Memoria e Fantasia. Atti del Covegno Sappada/Plodn 28 giugno – 2 luglio, Padova, Unipress, pp. 269 – 273.
– 2007 “The mirror principle and the order of verbal extensions: evidence from Pular”, in On-line Proceedings of the Fifth Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM5), Fréjus 15-18 September 2005, edited by Geert Booij, Bernard Fradin, Angela Ralli & Sergio Scalise, Bologna, University of Bologna, pp. 337 – 358.
– 2006 “Classifier Incorporation and the Locative Alternation”, in Proceedings of the XXX Incontro di Grammatica Generativa, edited by Nicola Munaro, Giuseppina Turano and Walter Schweikert, Venezia, Cafoscarina, pp. 83 – 103.
– 2006 “Differenze generazionali nell’uso del congiuntivo presente in salentino” [Generational differences in the use of the present subjunctive in salentino], in I dialetti e i giovani, Atti del Convegno, edited by Gianna Marcato, Padova, Unipress, pp. pp. 237 – 242.
– 2006 “Complementatori e complementi congiuntivi in alcuni dialetti Sardi” [Complementisers and subjunctive complements in some sardinian dialects], Quaderni di Lavoro dell’ASIt, n. 6, pp. 71 – 95, Padova, Università di Padova, pp. 71 – 95.
– 2005 “La diffusione della particella “mi” in alcune varietà messinesi: problemi di metodo” [The distribution of the particle mi in some Messinese dialects: methodological problems], in Dialetti in città. Atti del convegno, Sappada/Plodn (Belluno), 30 giugno – 4 luglio 2004, edited by Gianna Marcato, Padova, Unipress, pp. 237 – 242.
– 2003 Ghegin, Federico, (co-author) “La costruzione applicativa e il suo interesse per le varietà italiane” [The applicative construction and its relevance for Italian varieties], in Italiano, strana lingua? Atti del convegno, Sappada/Plodn (Belluno), 3 – 7 luglio 2002, edited by Gianna Marcato, Padova, Unipress, pp. pp. 299 – 304.
– 2002 “The Complementizer Layer in Saramaccan”, in Current Issues in Generative Grammar. Papers from the 10th Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Universidad de Alcalá, April 12- 14 2000, edited by Manuel Leonetti, Olga Fernández-Soriano and Victoria Escandell-Vidal, Alcalá, Universidad de Alcalá Servicio de Publicaciones, pp. 31 – 50.

Teaching Philosophy

I learned most of what I know from teachers whose jobs were their passions. They thought the issues they investigated were relevant and fascinating, and always questioned whether we had the right intellectual tools to tackle them. They did not “teach” as much as tried to make you see for yourself the complexity under the simple surface, and the best way to account for it. I try to apply the same “method” in my own teaching, I try to focus on issues I think are relevant for my students, and make them feel comfortable about expressing their opinions. I am convinced that in the humanities some very useful and general principles can be accurately learned even from exposure to few and limited facts, if the teacher is able to extrapolate from them experiences, beliefs and attitudes familiar to all.

Most Rewarding Moments

When students show they can connect their own personal experience and ideas to the notions and events discussed in class.

Favorite Quote
“Learn from the mistakes of others, you can never live long enough to make them all yourself” – Groucho Marx