Prof Delia Bentley

Professor of Romance Linguistics

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Appointment history
2002 to 2004, Lecturer in Italian Studies, The University of Salford.
2004 to 2007, Lecturer in Italian Studies, The University of Manchester.
2007 to 2015, Senior Lecturer in Italian Language and Linguistics, The University of Manchester.
August 2015 to present, Professor of Romance Linguistics, Division of Linguistics and English Language, The University of Manchester
 
Membership of bodies
The Philological Society (Honorary Secretary for publications from 2006 to 2012).
The Societas Linguistica Europaea.
The Linguistic Association of Great Britain.
The Linguistic Society of America.
The Centro di Studi Filologici e Linguistici Siciliani.
Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College.
 
Awards and research projects
Research Support Fund award of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (£1.8K) to conduct research on Gallo-Italian dialects (November 2014-June 2015).
AHRC Research Grant, Standard Scheme (AH/H032509/1, £535,927): Existential constructions: An investigation into the Italo-Romance dialects (November 2010-June 2014).
AHRC Research Grant, Research Leave Scheme (AH/E506011/1, £23,268): Existential constructions: discourse, semantics, syntax (Semester 2: Academic year 2008/2009).
Consultant on the Atlante Sintattico d'Italia (Universita' degli studi di Padova) (2013-2015) and on the AHRC-funded project Sintassi degli Antichi Volgari d'Italia (University of MAnchester and University of Bristol, 2000-2004).
 
Leadership
Director of the Institute of Linguistics and Language Studies, The University of Manchester (2008-2010)
Head of the Department of Italian Studies, The University of Manchester (2010-2012)
Head of the Department of Russian and Eastern European Studies, The University of Manchester (2011-2012)
Head of the Division of Linguistics and English Language, The University of Manchester (2012-2014)
Head of the Division of Languages and Intercultural Studies,The University of Manchester (2016-present)
 
Three questions I like to think about: (i) Why do different classes of predicate require different syntax? (ii) What is a grammatical relation? (iii) How are words describing result states formed?
 

 

 

 

Social responsibility

Language documentation
I have a keen interest in the documentation of the Romance dialects of Italy, a large number of Romance languages which are rapidly receding under pressure from the national language (Italian). In my AHRC-funded research project on existential and locative constructions, I set up a publicly accessible source of data from Italo-Romance and Sardinian dialects of Italy (see http://www.existentials.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/resources/). With Francesco Ciconte and Silvio Cruschina, the RAs on the project, I have also produced a collection of short stories and fairy tales in the dialects of Italy. This is available on DVD and booklet.

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