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Tania Paciaroni

Tania Paciaroni, PD Dr

  • Former postdoctoral researcher
  • FFG SyNoDe
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I was member of the URPP Language and Space from 2019 to 2021. In my postdoctoral research project I am designing and compiling a morphosyntactic atlas of varieties spoken in Gascony.

Short Bio

I received a PhD in Indo-European linguistics from the University of Macerata (Italy) with a dissertation on Vedic. Since 2003 I have been working at the University of Zurich. From 2010 to 2011, I spent longer periods of time in Great Britain (Surrey Morphology Group and Oxford University) and France (University of Paris-Sorbonne and École Pratique des Hautes Études). In 2013 and 2014 I was a substitute for the W3 professorship in Romance Linguistics (Italian and French) at the University of Constance for three semesters. My habilitation thesis, which was accepted at the University of Zurich in 2017, is a grammar of varieties in the Macerata area.

My research focuses on language structure, language variation and language change at all structural levels. My main focus is on the synchronic and diachronic analysis of Italo-, Gallo- and Rhetoromance varieties, with a special interest in diatopic variation and language contact. Morphology and Indo-European linguistics also play an important role in my research. The focus of my work is always on empirical data obtained through fieldwork or texts.



Paciaroni, Tania. 2021. ‘Partitive constructions in Gascon: A Romance perspective’. 54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, August 30 - September 3.

Paciaroni, Tania. 2021. ‘Paradigm splits across parts of speech’, Workshop “Free Variation = Unexplained Variation? Empirical and Theoretical Approaches to Optionality in Grammar”, 43. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS): Modell und Evidenz, February 23-26..

Paciaroni, Tania; Ruscher Pierre-Vincent. 2021. ‘Per un profilo linguistico della Grande Emigrazione: i Misteri di Bernardino Ciambelli’, XII. Deutscher Italianistentag, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, February 11-13 [event postponed to March 2022]



Paciaroni, Tania; Ruscher Pierre-Vincent. 2020. ‘L’italiano (para)letterario delle Little Italies’, Linguisti in contatto 3. Ricerche di linguistica italiana in Svizzera e sulla Svizzera, Bellinzona, November 19-21 [event cancelled].

Paciaroni, Tania. 2020. ‘Spatial distribution and properties of Differential Object Marking in Gascon’. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, August 26 -  September 1. [Available at:]

Paciaroni, Tania. 2020. ‘Variation paramétrique dans le marquage différentiel de l’objet gascon’, XIII Congresso dell’Association Internationale d’Études Occitanes (A.I.E.O.), Cuneo, July 6-11 [event cancelled].



Paciaroni, Tania. 2019. ‘Unusual agreement in Ripano: the DAI data’. International Conference “The many facets of agreement”, University of Zurich, October 3-5.

Paciaroni, Tania. 2019. ‘External’ agreement in Ripano. A corpus-based account’. Workshop “External' Agreement with Unexpected Targets”, 52th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Leipzig, August 21-24.

Paciaroni, Tania. 2019. ‘Schemi di complessità morfologica: il ripano nel corpus DAI’. XXIXe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes, University of Copenhagen, Juli 1-6.

Paciaroni, Tania. 2019. ‘La morphologie du Ripano au sein du réseau dialectal abruzzais’. Journées d’étude “Modélisation diasystémique et typologie”, University of Paris-Sorbonne, April 17-18.


In preparation

Book Sections

Paciaroni, Tania. In prep. ‘Unusual agreement targets in Ripano’ in M. Chumakina, O. Bond & S. Kaye (eds.), Agreement beyond the verb: Unusual targets, unexpected domains. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Paciaroni, Tania; Fedden, Sebastian; Corbett, Greville G. In prep. ‘Reduced agreement’ in P. Ackema, S. Bendjaballah, E. Bonet & A. Fábregas (eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Morphology. Wiley Blackwell.  


Journal Articles

Paciaroni, Tania. In prep. ‘Paradigm splits across parts of speech’ to be submitted to Word Structure.

Paciaroni, Tania. In prep. ‘Variation et propriétés du marquage différentiel de l'objet en gascon’, to be submitted to the Revue de Linguistique Romane.

Paciaroni, Tania. In prep. ‘Autour des constructions partitives en gascon’. Actes du XIIIe  Congrès International de l’AIEO (Cuneo, 12-16 juillet 2021).

Paciaroni, Tania; Jeszenszky, Péter. In prep. ‘Exploring correlations of geographic distance and morphosyntactic variation in Gascon’.


Conference or Workshop Items

Paciaroni, Tania; Ruscher, Pierre-Vincent. In prep. ‘L’italiano (para)letterario delle Little Italies’ in L. Baranzini, M. Casoni & S. Christopher (eds.), Linguisti in contatto 3. Ricerche di linguistica italiana in Svizzera e sulla Svizzera. Atti del Convegno dell’Osservatorio linguistico della Svizzera italiana (OLSI). Bellinzona: Edizioni Canocchiale


Edited Scientific Works

Paciaroni, Tania; Idone, Alice; Loporcaro, Michele (Guest Editors). In prep. The many facets of agreement, Special Issue of Word Structure.



Journal Articles

Paciaroni, Tania. 2020. ‘Nouvelles approches en géolinguistique: la hiérarchie d’héritage projetée sur le réseau dialectal abruzzais’ in J.-L. Léonard (ed.), Modélisation diasystémique et typologie. Special Issue of Verbum 42: 131-153.



Paciaroni, Tania. Accepted, 2020. Grammatica dei dialetti del Maceratese. Fonologia e morfologia. Strasbourg: ELiPhi (Collana: Morphologie,

syntaxe, grammaticographie) [ISBN 978-2-37276-036-2].


Online Publications

Paciaroni, Tania. 2020. Ripano. Overview,   


Online Databases

Loporcaro, Michele; Paciaroni, Tania; Pescarini, Diego; Idone, Alice; Romagnoli, Serena; Zanini, Chiara; Zakharko, Taras. To appear, 2020. The Zurich Database of Agreement in Italo-Romance (DAI). Universität Zurich (

Weiterführende Informationen

Poster Morphosyntactic Atlas of Gascony (MAGY)