Person

Maria Graziano

Researcher, Educational Developer

  • Humanities Lab

Senior Lecturer

  • Italian Studies
  • Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail maria.grazianohumlab.luse

Phone +46 46 222 08 18

Room SOL:L400c

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

I am a researcher and educational developer at the Humanities Lab at Lund University. Prior to this, I was a postdoc at the University of Alberta, Canada, that I joined after receiving a double PhD in Linguistics from SESA (European School of Advanced Studies) at the University “Suor Orsola Benincasa” (Napoli-Italy) and Université Stendhal (Grenoble-France).

Research

My profile in Lund University research portal

My main research interest concerns the study of gesture and its relation to spoken language from a developmental and a crosslinguistic perspective.
Focusing on these lines of investigations, I studied how the development of the ability to use gestures with different functions is linked to the development of textual and pragmatic abilities. I also carried out a research on the temporal coordination between gesture and speech in narrative discourse produced by bilingual and monolingual adult speakers, together with Elena Nicoladis and Paula Marentette. Moreover, I have recently conducted a study focusing on gesture production in relation to speech fluency in child and adult language learners' discourse, in collaboration with Marianne Gullberg.
My current work centers on the comparison of spoken and gestural behaviors across cultures and languages, targeting in particular narrative discourse produced by Italian and Swedish adult speakers.
I am also interested in first language acquisition and I am investigating cohesion in narrative discourse in Italian children.

Articles (4)

Book chapters (4)

Conference contributions (3)

Supervision at Lund University (1)

Teaching

Other tasks and qualifications

Tasks

2017-at present. Coordinator of the Language Acquisition Seminar (LAS), in collaboration with Petra Bernardini.

2019-at present. BA supervision and examination, Örebnro University.

2018-at present. Teaching, Kristianstad Högskola.

2015 - at present. Teaching, BA supervision and examination, Malmö University.

2012-at present. Teaching in Italian Studies (online and on campus), Lund University.

Qualifications and prizes

2018-2022. Qualification as Assistant Professor /Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, issued by Conseil National des Universités (CNU) France (Qualification comme maître de conference en science du langage).

2010-2014. Qualification as Assistant Professor /Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, issued by Conseil National des Universités (CNU) France (Qualification comme maître de conference en science du langage)

2011. Third prize for poster presentation at the Postdoctoral Fellow Research Day, University of Alberta, Canada.

2009. Scholarship for Short Term Scientific Mission, funded by European Science Foundation (ESF): Cost Action, spent at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Maria Graziano

Researcher, Educational Developer

  • Humanities Lab

Senior Lecturer

  • Italian Studies
  • Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail maria.grazianohumlab.luse

Phone +46 46 222 08 18

Room SOL:L400c

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20