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Institute of Romance Studies

Prof. Dr. Francesco Gardani

Romance Studies with a focus on Italian Linguistics




Institute of Romance Studies
Zürichbergstrasse 8
CH - 8032 Zürich
+41 (0)44 634 36 32

Office ZUG F 63

francesco [dot] gardani [at] uzh [dot] ch


Office hours: To schedule an appointment, please click here.


Research profile: Italian and Italo-Romance Linguistics; Language Contact


Current research activities:

a. Language Contact in Romance languages

b. Romance Heritage Languages

c. Cognitive pressures on lexical borrowing (with Dr. Chiara Zanini)

d. Subject clitics in northern Italo-Romance (withDr. Chiara Zanini and Greta Battistella)

e. 3P syncretism in Italo-Romance (withDr. Borja Herce)


Administrative Office Maria Luisa Gago Iglesias
Senior researcher Chiara Zanini
Research Assistants

Marco Basile

Riccardo Fornera

External collaborator

Lorenzo Ferrarotti


V-Nr Course Start / End Date Lecturers Room
from 1 Aug 2023
to 31 Jan 2024
to be announced Francesco Gardani  
from 18 Sep 2023
to 18 Dec 2023
Mon 10:15-12:00 Francesco Gardani SOE-F-2

Publications (selection)

Weiterführende Informationen


Nicolas Cattaneo awarded with the Semester Award (Fall 22). Congratulations.

Editorail Board

Francesco Gardani appointed member of the Editorial Board of the new Open Access journal Continua, published through Penn State University’s Open Publishing initiative


21st International Morphology Meeting (28 - 30 August 2024), organized by Francesco Gardani and Franz Rainer (Vienna)


"On variation and change in the system of expletive subject clitics in Opitergino" by Chiara Zanini, Greta Battistella, and Francesco Gardani at CIDSM17


“3SG/3PL syncretism in Italo-Romance verbal inflection” by Borja Herce and Francesco Gardani at CIDSM17