Riccardo Pulicani

Doctoral Research Fellow - Syntax and semantics
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1003, Blindern 0315 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student) Department of Education (Student) The International Summer School (Student)

Academic Interests 

  • Experimental linguistics (Generative Grammar, Cartography)
  • Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Quantification and Information Structure (in Romance and Scandinavian languages)
  • Italian language and linguistics
  • Italian as foreign/second language 

Research project 

In my research project I will try to understand the relationship between Information Structure and Quantification in Italian. When two quantifier phrases (QPs) interact in the same sentence, this can lead to ambiguity and to two different interpretations of the sentence. Many factors influence the availability of inverse scope: syntactic aspects, semantic features of the interacting quantifiers, language specific factors, and also Information Structure. Given the subtle nature of this semantic phenomenon, I have studied inverse scope availability in Italian with the help of experimental methods. The conceptual framework of my research is the Syntax-Semantics interface (à la Heim & Kratzer, 1997) and Cartographic approaches to (Italian) syntax (Rizzi, 1997 and ff.) 


  • MA in Linguistics and Cognitive Studies, University of Siena (Italy) 
  • BA in Humanities, University of Perugia (Italy)


  • ITA1100 - Praktisk italiensk (vår 2021)

  • ITA1101 - Italiensk språk (vår 2021) 

Other roles

Tags: Linguistics, Semantics, Syntax, Italian


Conference Presentation 

  • Callegari, E. & Pulicani, R. (2020), Quantificational PPs and topicalization. Presented at LinguisticEvidence 2020, University of Tübingen (Germany).
  • Pulicani, R. (2019), Analysing the interaction between quantification and Information Structure. Presented at workshop "Challenges of quantification", 11 Jan. 2019, Università di Siena (Italy).
  • Pulicani, R., (2017), Aspects of Italian quantification: an experimental study. Presented at workshop "Quantifiers & Determiners", 29th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, 17-28 July 2017, Université de Toulouse (France).


  • Pulicani, R. (2020), The effects of focalization on doubly quantified sentences in Italian. Presented at Workshop on Focus Alternatives: theoretical and empirical perspectives (FATEP), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
  • Pulicani, R. & Callegari, E. (2020), Nobody likes everyone: on quantified questions. Presented at LinguisticEvidence 2020, University of Tübingen (Germany)
  • Callegari, E. & Pulicani, R. (2019), Topicalized PPs: Movement or External Merge?, Presented at Going Romance 2019, Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands)
  • Pulicani, R., (2018), Italian quantification: an experimental study. Presented at Linguistic Evidence 2018, University of Tübingen (Germany)
  • Pulicani, Riccardo (2018). Aspects of Italian quantification: an experimental study..

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Published Oct. 16, 2017 12:46 PM - Last modified Dec. 7, 2020 5:39 PM