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Professor Maria Teresa Guasti

BPhil Milan, PhD Geneva.

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : mariateresa.guasti@unimib.it
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4470-4187

External Address

Department of Psychology,
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Recent External Appointments

  • Visiting Professor, International Centre for Child Health, Beijing, China. (2012 continuing)
  • Foreign Expert, Scuola di Educazione Special, Beijing, China. (2012 continuing)
  • Visiting Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney. (2011)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Language Abilities in Children with Autism (LACA). (2017 - 2020) "NWO Internationalization in the Humanities grant for collaboration among 12 teams in 8 countries from the universities of Amsterdam, Groeningen, Potsdam, Milano-Bicocca, Bruxelles, Reading, CNRS Lyon, Haifa, UCL London, Tours, TEI Patras, Cambridge." (€75,000) Guasti, M.T. ($116,588)
  • EU Partnership Instrument: Municipality of Piacenza (2016 - 2019) "Multilingual teaching in early childhood education and care." (€65000) Guasti, M.T. ($98,980)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Internationalisation in the Humanities Grant (2014 - 2017) "Collaboration between nine teams in seven countries - Universities of Groningen (Netherlands), Cambridge (UK), Greenwich (UK), Nantes (France), Milano-Bicocca (Italy), Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), Autňnoma de Barcelona (Spain), Pompeu Fabra (Spain), and the Centre for General Linguistics ('ZAS', Germany)." (€53,750) Guasti, M.T. ($77,750)
  • Italian Ministry of University and Research PRIN Grant (2014 - 2017) "Theory, experimentation, applications: Long distance dependencies in forms of linguistic diversity." (€30,000) Guasti, M.T., & Cecchetto, C. ($42,200)
  • Trento University Caritro Foundation Grant (2011 - 2012) Bilingualism matters. Guasti, M.T. ($82,400)
  • Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) Fund for Investments on Basic Research (FIRB) Project Grant (2009 - 2013) "The basic research on the Italian language: Documents, acquisition mono-, bilingual and L2 and the project for the creation of multimedia systems.” Guasti, M.T. ($87,190)

Selected Publications

Books

  • Guasti, M.T. (2017). Language Acquisition: The Growth of Grammar. (2nd ed.). Cambridge, USA: The MIT Press.
  • Belletti, A., & Guasti, M.T. (2015). The Acquisition of Italian. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Book Chapters

  • Guasti, M.T. (2017). First language acquisition. In I. Roberts (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Pagliarini, E., & Guasti, M.T. (2017). Which and how many questions in the acquisition of Italian. In E. Di Domenico (Ed.), Syntactic Complexity (pp. 49-62). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Guasti, M.T. (2016). Voice alternations. In J. Lidz, W. Snyder, & J. Pater (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics (pp. 179-205). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Guasti, M.T. (2013). Agreement in the production of subject and object wh-questions. In L. Cheng & N. Corver (Eds.), Diagnostics in syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Guasti, M.T. (2007). Analytic causatives. In M. Everaert & H. van Riemsdijk (Eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Syntax (2nd ed., pp. 142-172). Hoboken, USA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Chierchia, G., Guasti, M.T., Gualmini, A., Meroni, L., & Crain, S. (2004). Semantic and pragmatic competence in children and adult's interpretation of 'or'. In I. Noveck & S. Wilson (Eds.), Experimental Pragmatics (pp. 283-300). London: Palgraves.

Periodicals

  • Arosio, F., Panzeri, F., Molteni, B., Maguzu, S., & Guasti, M.T. (2017). The comprehension of Italian relative clauses in poor readers and in children with specific language impairment. Glossa, 2(1), 9. doi:10.5334/gjgl.107
  • Pagliarini, E., Scocchia, L., Vernice, M., Zoppello, M., Balottin, U., Bouamam, S., Guasti, M.T., & Stucchi, N. (2017). Children's first handwriting productions show a rhythmic structure. Scientific Reports, 7(5516), 1-10. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05105-6
  • Arosio, F., Pagliarini, E., Perugini, M., Barbieri, L., & Guasti, M.T. (2016). Morphosyntax and logical abilities in Italian poor readers: The problem of SLI under-identification. First Language, 36(3), 295-315. doi:10.1177/0142723716639501
  • Guasti, M.T., Palma, S., Genovese, E., Stagi, P., Saladini, G., & Arosio F. (2016). The production of direct object clitics in pre-school and primary school-aged children with specific language impairments. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 30(9), 663-678. doi:10.3109/02699206.2016.1173100
  • Hu, S., Gavarró, A., & Guasti, M.T. (2016). Children's production of head-final relative clauses: The case of Mandarin. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37(2), 323-346. doi:10.1017/S0142716414000587
  • Hu, S., Gavarró, A., Vernice, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2016). The acquisition of Chinese relative clauses: Contrasting two theoretical approaches. Journal of Child Language, 43(1), 1-21. doi:10.1017/S0305000914000865
  • Sauerland, U., Grohmann, K., Guasti, M.T., Andelkovic, D., Argus, R., Armon-Lotem, S., et al., & Yatsushiro, K. (2016). How do 5-year-olds understand questions? Differences in languages across Europe. First Language, 36(3), 169-202. doi:10.1177/0142723716640236
  • Vender, M., Garraffa, M., Sorace, A., & Guasti, M.T. (2016). How early L2 children perform on Italian clinical markers of SLI: A study of clitic production and nonword repetition. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 30(2), 150-169. doi:10.3109/02699206.2015.1120346
  • Cantiani, C., Lorusso, M.L., Perego, P., Molteni, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2015). Developmental dyslexia with and without language impairment: ERPs reveal qualitative differences in morphosyntactic processing. Developmental Neuropsychology, 40(5), 291-312. doi:10.1080/87565641.2015.1072536
  • Pagliarini, E., Guasti, M.T., Toneatto, C., Granocchio, E., Riva, F., Sarti, D., Molteni, B., & Stucchi, N. (2015). Dyslexic children fail to comply with the rhythmic constraints of handwriting. Human Movement Science, 42, 161-182. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2015.04.012
  • Stavrakaki, S., Tasioudi, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2015). Morphological cues in the comprehension of relative clauses by Greek children with specific language impairment and typical development: A comparative study. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17(6), 617-626. doi:10.3109/17549507.2015.1048826
  • Vernice, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2015). The acquisition of SV order in unaccusatives: Manipulating the definiteness of the NP argument. Journal of Child Language, 42(1), 210-237. doi:10.1017/S0305000913000536
  • Adani, F., van der Lely, H.K.J., Guasti, M.T., & Forgiarini, M. (2014). Number dissimilarities facilitate the comprehension of relative clauses in children with (Grammatical) Specific Language Impairment Journal of Child Language, 41(4), 811-841.
  • Arosio, F., Branchini, C., Barbieri, L., & Guasti, M.T. (2014). Failure to produce direct object clitic pronouns as a clinical marker of SLI in school-aged Italian speaking children. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 28(9), 639-663. doi:10.3109/02699206.2013.877081
  • Guasti, M.T., Papagno, C., Vernice, M., Cecchetto, C., Giuliani, A., & Burdo, S. (2014). Language skills in Italian speaking cochlear implanted children: Variation across language areas. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35, 739-764. doi:10.1017/S0142716412000562
  • Guasti, M.T., Papagno, C., Vernice, M., Cecchetto, C., Giuliani, A., & Burdo, S. (2014). The effect of language structure on linguistic strengths and weaknesses in children with cochlear implants: Evidence from Italian. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35(4), 739-764. doi: 10.1017/S0142716412000562
  • Vernice, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2014). Effects of prosodic cues on topic continuity in child language production. First Language, 34(5), 406-427. doi:10.1177/0142723714550111
  • Veronelli, L., Guasti, M.T., Arduino, L.S., & Vallar, G. (2014). Combining language and space: Sentence bisection in unilateral spatial neglect. Brain and Language, 137, 1-13. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2014.07.007
  • Cantiani, C., Lorusso, M.L., Guasti, M.T., Sabisch, B., & Männel, C. (2013). Characterizing the morphosyntactic processing deficit and its relationship to phonology in developmental dyslexia. Neuropsychologia, 51(8), 1595–1607.
  • Vernice, M., Arosio, F., Branchini, C., Barbieri, L., Roncaglione, E., Carravieri, E., van der Lely, H.J.K., & Guasti, M.T. (2013). CLAD-ITA GAPS: Un test di screening delle abilitŕ fonologiche e morfo-sintattiche in bambini con un Disturbo Specifico del Linguaggio (CLAD-ITA GAPS: A test for screening phonological and morphosyntactic abilities in children with SLI.) Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo, 27(2), 291-314.
  • Arosio, F., Yatsushiro, K., Forgiarini, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2012). Morphological information and memory resources in children's processing of relative clauses in German. Language, Learning and Development, 8, 340-364. doi:10.1080/15475441.2011.634691
  • Cantiani, C., Lorusso, M. L., Perego, P., Molteni, M. & Guasti, M.T. (2012). ERPs reveal anomalous morphosyntactic processing in developmental dyslexia. Applied Psycholinguistics. doi:10.1017/S0142716412000185
  • Foppolo, F., Guasti, M.T., & Chierchia, G. (2012). Scalar implicatures in child language: Give children a chance. Language Learning and Development, 8(4), 365-394.
  • Gavarró Algueró, A., Guasti, M.T., Tuller, L., Prévost, P., Belletti, A., Cilibrasi, A., Delage, H., & Vernice, M. (2012). The acquisition of partitive clitics in Romance five-year-olds. Iberia, 3(2), 1-19.
  • Guasti, M.T., Branchini, C., & Arosio, F. (2012). Interference in the production of Italian subject and object wh-questions. Applied Psycholinguistics, 33(1), 185-223.
  • Guasti, M.T., Branchini, C., Arosio, F., & Vernice, M. (2012). A developmental study of subject and object relatives in Italian. Revue Roumaine de Linguistique, 72, 105-116.
  • Guasti, M.T., Stavrakaki, S., & Arosio, F. (2012). Crosslinguistic differences and similarities in the acquisition of relative clauses. Evidence from Greek and Italian. Lingua, 122, 700-713.
  • Arosio, F., Guasti, M.T., & Stucchi N. (2011). Disambiguating information and memory resources in children’s processing of Italian relative clauses. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 40(2), 137-154. doi:10.1007/s10936-010-9160-0
  • Adani, F., van der Lely, H., Forgiarini, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2010). Grammatical feature dissimilarities make relative clauses easier: a comprehension study with Italian children. Lingua, 120, 2148-2166.
  • Caprin, C. & Guasti, M.T. (2009). The acquisition of morpho-syntax in Italian: a cross-sectional study. Applied Psycholinguistics, 30, 23-52.
  • Waxman, S. & Guasti, M.T. (2009). Nouns, adjectives and the acquisition of meaning: New evidence from Italian-acquiring children. Language, Learning and Development, 5, 50-68.
  • Guasti, M.T., Chierchia, G., Crain, S., Foppolo, F., Gualmini, A., & Meroni, L. (2005). Why children and adults sometimes (but not always) compute scalar implicatures. Language and Cognitive Processes, 20, 667-696.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Cantiani C., Lorusso M. L., Perego P., & Guasti, M.T. (2011). ERP correlates of anomalous morphosyntactic processing in adults and children with developmental dyslexia. In N. Danis, K. Mesh, & H. Sung (Eds.), 35th Proceeding of Boston University Conference on Language Development Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Arosio, F., Branchini, C., Forgiarini, M., Roncaglione, E., Carravieri, E., Tenca, E., & Guasti, M.T. (2010). SLI children’s weakness in morphosyntax and pragmatics. In O. Yukio (Ed.), The Proceedings of the Tenth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistic. Toyko, Japan: Hituzi Syobo Press.
  • Cantiani C., Lorusso M. L., Perego P., & Guasti, M.T. (2010). Developmental Dyslexia: ERP correlates of anomalous morphosyntactic processing. In Y. Otsu (Ed.), Proceedings of the Tenth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistic Tokyo, Japan: Hituzi Syobo Press.
  • Guasti, M.T., Branchini, C., & Arosio, F. (2010). The role of agreement in the production of Italian subject and object wh-questions. In V. Moscati & E. Servidio (Eds.), In Proceedings of XXXV Incontro di Grammatica Generativa. CISCL Working Papers on Language and Cognition University of Siena: Siena, Italy.
  • Stavrakaki S., Tasioudi, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2010). The effect of number and case on relative clause comprehension in specific language impairment. In J. Costa, A. Castro, M. Lobo & F. Pratas (Eds.), Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2009 Lisbon, Portugal: Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Guasti, M., Pagliarini, E., Lungu, O., Van Hout, A., & Crain, S. (2017, November). The acquisition of negated disjunction: Evidence from Italian, French and Dutch. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development , Boston, USA.
  • Pagliarini, E., Crain, S., & Guasti, M.T. (2016, September). Negated disjunctive statements: The Italian perspective. Poster session presented at the The Romance Turn VIII, Bellaterra, Spain.
  • Hu, S., & Guasti, M. (2015, November). Mandarin-Italian children’s comprehension of relative clauses. Poster session presented at the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD40), Boston, USA.
  • Guasti, M.T., & Hu, S. (2015, September). School-age Chinese-Italian early L2 children's comprehension of relative clauses. Poster session presented at the 12th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 12), Nantes, France.
  • Hu, S., Cecchetto, C., & Guasti, M.T. (2015, September). The subject relative wins only if the head is external: Evidence from Wenzhounese. Paper presented at the 12th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 12), Nantes, France.
  • Pagliarini, E., Guasti, M.T., Toneatto, C., Riva, F., Sarti, D., Molteni, B., & Stucchi, N. (2014, May). Comparison of handwriting of Italian Dyslexic children with or without dysgraphia. Poster session presented at the Child Language Research Conference: "Discoveries and New Direction", Melbourne.
  • Pagliarini, E., Guasti, M.T., Toneatto, C., Riva , F. , Sarti, D., Molteni B., Stucchi, N. (2013, November). Comparison of handwriting of Italian dyslexic children with or without dysgraphia. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence Annual Workshop, Sydney.
  • Pagliarini, E., Vernice, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2013, September). The processing of wh-questions in Italian: Evidence from an eye-tracking study. Paper presented at the Architecture and Mechanism of Language Processing (AMLAP), Marseille, France.
  • Guasti, M.T. (2013, July). Object clitics across linguistic modes in a crosslinguistic perspective. Paper presented at the Linguistic Theory and its Applications: Comparative Applied Studies Symposium, 19th International Congress of Linguists (19ICL), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Guasti, M.T., Pagliarini, E., & Stucchi, N. (2013, July). Comordibity between dyslexia, SLI and motor disorders. Paper presented at the Innovations in the Study of Language Acquisition and Language Impairment Symposium, 19th International Congress of Linguists (19ICL), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Guasti, M.T., Pagliarini, E., & Stucchi, N. (2013, July). Comorbidity between dyslexia, SLI and motor disorders. Paper presented at the 19th International Congress of Linguists (ICL), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Pagliarini, E., Guasti, M.T., Toneatto, C., Riva, F., Casalino, T., & Stucchi, N. (2013, April). Comorbidity between dyslexia and dysgraphia. Poster session presented at the Third Oxford-Kobe Symposium, Oxford, UK.
  • Pagliarini, E., Vernice, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2013, February). The processing wh-questions in Italian: Evidence from an eye-tracking study. Poster session presented at the 39th Incontro di Grammatica Generativa (IGG), Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.
  • Pagliarini, E., Vernice, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2012, July). Processing wh-questions in Italian: Evidence from an eye-tracking study. Poster session presented at the LOT Summer School, Uutrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Crain, S., Meroni, L., Chierchia, G., & Guasti, M.T. (2001, January). Scalar implicatures fail to arise for any child or adult. Paper presented at the Second Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, Keio University, Japan.
  • Gualmini, A., Meroni, L., Guasti, M.T., Chierchia, G., & Crain, S. (2001, January). Investigations on the semantics/pragmatics interface in child language. Paper presented at the Formal Pragmatics, Berlin, Germany.
  • Meroni, L., Guasti, M.T., Chierchia, G., Crain, S., & Gualmini, A. (2001, January). The logic behind child language. Presentation given at the Generative Linguistics and Language Acquisition, Portugal.
  • Chierchia, G., Crain, S., Guasti, M.T., Gualmini, A., & Meroni, L. (2000, January). The acquisition of disjunction: Evidence for a grammatical view of scalar implicatures. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Boston University conference on child language development, Boston, USA.
  • Chierchia, G., Crain, S., Guasti, M.T., & Thornton, R. (1997, January). "Some" and "Or": A study on the emergence of Logical Form. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Boston University conference on child language development, Boston, USA.

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