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Lori Repetti


Professor and Chair
Ph.D. 1989, University of California, Los Angeles

I study the phonology and history of the Romance languages, in particular Italian and Italian dialects, and my research falls primarily into three areas.

1. phonology and its interaction with other areas of grammar (phonetics, morphology, syntax) : My current research examines the prosodic structures of northern Italian dialects and their interface with morphological and syntactic structures, and the realization of clitics in different morphological and syntactic contexts. Sample recent publications in this area include: Repetti (2016), Ordóñez and Repetti (2014)Kim and Repetti (2013), Cardinaletti and Repetti (2009)Cardinaletti and Repetti (2008), Cardinaletti and Repetti (2007)Ordóñez and Repetti (2006).

   • student projects: Sophie Moradi’s work on the morphological restriction on epenthesis

2. micro-variation: I also investigate the ways in which closely related languages differ, the constraints on that variation, and the historical processes that lead to the types of differences observed. My work focuses on the endangered Romance languages (“dialects”) spoken in Italy. Here are some recent publications on this topic: Repetti (2016), Ordóñez and Repetti (2014), Romanello and Repetti (2014).

   • student projects: Ji Yea Kim’s work on consonant clusters in Korean

3. loanword phonology: A long-standing research interest of mine has been the adaptation of foreign words to the phonology and morphology of the borrowing language. You can find some of that work here: Repetti (2012), Repetti (2009), Repetti (2006).

Database:  Clitics of Romance Languages (Lori Repetti and Francisco Ordóñez)

CRL is a searchable database that allows users to examine data involving a class of pronouns (clitics) that are normally stressless, but which, in the languages under investigation, may exhibit or modify stress. The database includes text as well as audio files for minority Romance languages spoken in the South of France, the South and North of Italy, the Balearic Islands, and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia.