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Dr Vittorio Tantucci

Lecturer in Chinese and Linguistics

Vittorio Tantucci

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 595112

Research overview


As a theoretical linguist, I am interested in the relationship between cognition, pragmatics and historical phenomena of language change, such as grammaticalization, (inter-)subjectification, chunking, entrenchment, constructionalization and semasiology.  In addition, my research is also focused on the intersection of online phenomena of speech production and cognitive mechanisms such as cognitive control and Theory of Mind. 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 semantic-pragmatic-grammatical 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.


My methodology is mainly characterized by qualitative and quantitative corpus-based/driven models of analysis, R-based machine-learning modeling, questionnaire-design, typological as well as intercultural-pragmatic comparison, both from a diachronic and a synchronic perspective.


Current Teaching:

I convene the following undergraduate modules:

CHIN100 Chinese Linguistics and Culture

CHIN200 Chinese Linguistics

CHIN201 Chinese Linguistics

CHIN300 Chinese Linguistics and translation

LING490 Cognitive Approaches to English Grammar (MA module)

PhD supervision

Pragmatics (i.e. historical pragmatics, speech act theory, politeness theory, corpus-based pragmatics, presupposition-entailment-implicature studies). Cognitive linguistics (including cognitive grammar, construction grammar, radical construction grammar, chunking theory, dialogic syntax) and functional approaches to grammar. Intersubjectivity (to be intended as the codified interplay between theory of mind and language). Linguistic cognitive control (to be intended as the codified interplay between cognitive control 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).

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