Person

Roberta Colonna Dahlman

Researcher

  • Italian Studies
  • Centre for Languages and Literature

Lecturer

  • Swedish as a Foreign Language
  • Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail roberta.colonna_dahlmanrom.luse

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

Room SOL:L300a

I come from Gallipoli, a little town in Salento, the southernmost part of Puglia, Southern Italy.
I live in Lund, Sweden, since 2000.
In Italy, I took a bachelor of law at the University of Rome ”La Sapienza”, and then a Ph.D. in law at the University of Lecce, where I thereafter worked as a researcher and a teacher at the Faculty of Law.
In Sweden, I took a bachelor of philosophy (main subject: Italian) at Lund University, where I currently work as teacher in Italian since 2008. Between 2010 and 2015, I was a Ph.D. student in Italian Studies, Linguistics. The main topics of my research are: Verbs of Propositional Attitude; Subordinators; Factivity; Language attrition. I successfully defended my thesis on September 5th 2015.
My areas of interest are: Semantics; Pragmatics; Syntax; Philosophy of Language; Legal Language; Language Acquisition.
I also translate children’s books (from Swedish into Italian). I have translated books by Astrid Lindgren and Sven Nordqvist.

Research

My profile in Lund University research portal

I wrote a compilation thesis, "Studies on Factivity, Complementation, and Propositional Attitudes", consisting of 7 papers.The main topics of my research are: subordinators and embedded clauses, presupposition, knowledge attributions and factivity, language attrition.
I started my research looking into the double complementation system in my own Southern Italian dialect, Gallipolino. The aim was to explore some finite constructions introduced by two different subordinators and to offer a deeper view into the semantics of matrix predicates of propositional attitude.
I am currently working on knowledge attributions and the implication of factivity. I refer to data in Italian and English. It is traditionally claimed that when a speaker utters a sentence like “John knows that Mary speaks Italian”, then, apart from asserting that John knows something, she is also presupposing that it is true that Mary speaks Italian. In this sense, a verb like KNOW is considered to be a factive predicate. However, in some recent works, it has been shown that there are non-factive uses of ‘knows’ in ordinary language. This fact is confirmed by Italian data: depending on context, Italian ‘sa’ (eng.: ‘knows’) can occur as factive or non-factive predicate. My hypothesis is that ‘knows’ and ‘sa’ have two different meanings—they are ambiguous items. In my dissertation, I explored how the polysemy of ‘sa’ affects the syntax. In the future, I would like to test the ambiguity hypothesis experimentally.

Books (11)

Editorships (1)

Articles (8)

Book chapters (3)

Conference contributions (4)

Teaching

Other tasks and qualifications

Papers presented at the following Congresses:

IX Congress of Scandinavian Italianists, University of Oslo (Norway), June 16-18, 2010;

PhiLang2011, Second International Conference on Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, University of Lodz (Poland), 12-14 May 2011;

Modality Corpus Discourse, International Conference held at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, 7-8 June 2012;

IGG40 Italian Generative Grammar Meeting, Trento, 13-15 February 2014.

Parler les langues romanes/Parlare le lingue romanze/Hablar las lenguas romances/Falando línguas romanicas. GSCP International Conference, Stockholm and Uppsala Universities, April 9-12 2014.

Other presentations:

Come insegnare la grammatica italiana a studenti stranieri?
L’approccio dell’insegnamento critico ed apprendente. LMS språkdagar i Halmstad, 2-3 April 2011

Glädjen att översätta svenska barnböcker till italienska. Società Dante Alighieri, Ängelholm, 12 March 2012.

Anche Lotta, Barbro, Petra, Peter, Pettson e Findus parlano italiano. Società Dante Alighieri, Helsingborg, 13 April 2013.

Roberta Colonna Dahlman

Researcher

  • Italian Studies
  • Centre for Languages and Literature

Lecturer

  • Swedish as a Foreign Language
  • Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail roberta.colonna_dahlmanrom.luse

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

Room SOL:L300a