Francesco Romano

Francesco Romano


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Arbetar vid Romanska och klassiska institutionen
Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 4 och 5 samt 10 C plan 5
Rum B 540
Postadress Romanska och klassiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

I am a US-trained researcher who completed a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with a comparative study of L2 Italian and English from a generative perspective. I obtained my doctoral degree at the Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, under the supervision of Roger Hawkins, father of generative approaches to SLA. Since then, I have received two competitive scientific awards to complete research at international level in Italy, training in formal linguistics with Prof. Adriana Belletti and Luigi Rizzi at the Department of Cognitive Science of the University of Siena, and pedagogical training in the teaching of Italian as L2 at the Universita' per Stranieri di Perugia. I have successfully completed two post-doctoral projects at University College London, UK, and Sabanci University, Turkey. Both were projects of the syntax-semantic interface in L2 English looking at the genitive alternation in native, Turkish and Chinese speakers of English. In these projects, I use psycholinguistic methods such as structural priming to study the planning of speech in native and non-native speakers.

My current research area is heritage language acquisition and psycholinguistics. My current project focuses on understanding whether grammatical knowledge in heritage speakers is more similar to monolinguals or L2 speakers, especially when it comes to learning complex morpho-syntactic structures. For this reason, at the moment, I am working with Swedish-Italian communities in Stockholm using structural priming as paradigm for investigation. In recent years, I have been a visiting researcher at the Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, with Prof. Silvina Montrul, and the Department of Linguistics, University Ca' Foscsari Venice, with Prof. Giuliana Giusti. In the coming year, I will be a guest researcher at the Department of English at the Technical University of Braunschweig, hosted by Prof. Holger Hopp. In May, I will complete a follow-up study to my current project by testing heritage speakers of Italian with L1 Spanish/L2 Catalan in Barcelona. This will enable me to speak for the role of typological proximity between the two languages spoken by the heritage speaker in relation to attainment of the heritage, weaker language.

In 2017, I was awarded Associate Fellow status by the British Association of Lectures in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). As a TEAP fellow, I am only one in 40 experts in the field of EAP in the UK distinguished for excellence in five core areas of learning and teaching in higher education: the student, mentoring and assessing, academic practices, programme development, and professional development/research/scholarship. 

As an EAP lecturer, I have taught summer pre-sessional for 10 years on various programmes across the UK, including Bath, Leicester, Sheffield, Southampton, and Surrey. As an EFL teacher trainer, I have trained teachers in Italy, the UK, and Turkey, working on behalf of acclaimed publishers such as Oxford University Press and Pearson Longman.

Publications (peer-reviewed)

Romano, F.  Ultimate attainment in heritage and second language speakers of Italian: the role of  early exposure and syntactic complexity. Applied Psycholinguistics (under review).

Romano, F.  Grammatical errors in writing English for Academic Purposes: are they worth correcting? Journal of English for Academic Purposes, (under review).

2017             Romano, F. The Basis Continuity Hypothesis of L1 to L2 production. Second Language Research        

2017             Romano, F.  Remarks on research of anaphora resolution in situations of language contact: cross-linguistic influence and the PAS. International Journal of Bilingualism. DOI:

2017             Romano, F.  Morphological variability in L2 Italian: The Imperative Default Hypothesis. International Journal of Applied Linguistics168(2), 203-247.

2016             Romano, F. Syntactic planning of English genitives in L1 and L2 production: the Animacy Rule Model. Lingua184, 104-121.

2015             Romano, F.  Is salience really enough? Evidence of salience and L2 proficiency as determinants in the acquisition of L2 English and L2 Italian grammatical morphemes. Journal of Italian Linguistics, 27(2), 75-110.


International Presentations

2019              Ultimate Attainment in Heritage Speakers of Italian: Syntactic and Morphological Knowledge of Accusative Clitics. Paper to be given June 10th at the 11th Heritage Language Institute, University of New Mexico, USA.

2019             Comparing morphosyntactic knowledge in native, L2, and heritage speakers: is early exposure advantageous? Talk to be given April 25th at the Department of EnglishTechnical University of Braunschweig, Germany.

2018            Comparing morphosyntactic knowledge in native, L2, and heritage speakers: is early exposure advantageous? Talk given Sept 7 at the European Second Language Association Annual Conference, University of Munster, Germany.

2018             ‘Are grammar errors worth correcting? Use of inflection in the writing of Chinese learners of English for academic purposes.’ Talk given June 20th 2018 at the Exploring Language Education conference, University of Stockholm.

2017             "What is Bilingualism? Current trends." Lecture to given April 3rd, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Italian Club, Saint Louis University (Prof. Stefano Bregni), USA. 

2017             The role of syntactic complexity and type of input exposure in knowledge of L2 Italian clitics. Invited talk given March 7th at the Project Lab Meeting, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (Prof. Silvina Montrul), USA.

2016             ‘Mapping semantics to syntax in the production of English genitives by native and non-native speakers.’ Talk given August 24-27th at European Second Language Association Annual Conference, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

2014             ‘Syntactic, semantic, and discourse constraints in L2 production: the case of English genitive constructions.’ Talk given September 5 at European Second Language Association Annual Conference, University of York (organised by CLLR and the Dept. of Education).

2013             ‘Interjecting Sorace: Evidence of cross-linguistic influence and extensions beyond the endstate’. Talk given Aug 31 at European Second Language Association Annual Conference, University of Amsterdam, ACLC, Netherlands.

2013             ʻIs salience really enough? Evidence of innate competence in the acquisition of L2 English and L2 Italian grammatical morphemes.’ Invited paper given Dec 10 at FLED, Boğaziçi University (Prof. Ayşe Gürel and Belma Haznedar), Istanbul, Turkey.

2012             ‘Developing inflectional properties from Romance to English.’ Paper given at the European Second Language Association Annual Conference, Sept. 5-8, University of Poznan, Poland.

2012             ʻIs salience really enough? Evidence of innate competence in the acquisition of L2 English and L2 Italian grammatical morphemes.’ Invited paper given Feb 21st at the School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics, Newcastle University (Prof, Martha Young-Scholten), UK.

Senast uppdaterad: 1 september 2019

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