Anna Morbiato

Anna Morbiato is assistant professor (ricercatore TD/A) at the Department of Asian and North African studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice and research affiliate at the School of Languages and Cultures, the University of Sydney. She holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Sydney and in Asian and African studies from Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Her research focuses on syntax, verb semantics and event structure, pragmatic and cognitive aspects of word order, corpus linguistics, and second language acquisition, with a focus on Chinese languages. She is also interested in the link between language and the mind, as well as in natural language understanding and processing: in 2015, she collaborated on a research project within the University of Sydney’s Linguistics and IT departments towards the development of innovative NLU technology for Mandarin, while the MSCA proposal she presented in 2017 on this topic got the Seal of Excellence. Her main publications include “Cognitive Principles and Mandarin Chinese Grammar” in Shei C. (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Discourse Analysis, and “Information Encoding, Mandarin Chinese Word Order and CSLA: A Cognitive-Functional Account,” in Kecskes I. (eds.), Explorations into Chinese as a Second Language, Educational Linguistics, Springer.