Articoli scientifici


Abbondanza, M., Rinaldi, L., Foppolo, F., & Marelli, M. (in press). The mental representation of non-numerical quantifiers: the Spatial-Linguistic Association of Response Codes (SLARC) effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.


Abbondanza, M., Passarini, L., Meneghello, F., Laratta, S., Burgio, F., D’Imperio, D., & Semenza, C. (2020). The left periphery in neglect dyslexia. Aphasiology.

Bosch, J.E., & Unsworth, S. (2020). Cross-linguistic influence in word order: Effects of age, dominance and surface overlap. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

Costa, F., Guasti, M. T., & Sharley, S. (2020). Double literacy effects on language and reading skills in Italian-English primary school children. Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech. (2):185–218.

Foppolo, F., Mazzaggio, G., Panzeri, F., & Surian, L. (2020). Scalar vs ad-hoc implicatures. Guess which one is easier. Journal of Child Language, 1–23.

Foppolo, F., & Staub, A. (2020). The puzzle of number agreement with disjunction. Cognition, 198, 104161.

Giustolisi, B., Guasti, M. T., Nicastri, M., Mancini, P., Palma, S., Genovese, E., Arosio, F. (2020). Production of third-person direct object clitics in children with cochlear implants speaking Italian. Journal of clinical linguistics and Phonetics. Published online 14 Aug 2020.

Guasti, M. T. (2020). Some notes on language, memory and bilingualism. First Language (special Issue). 485-490.

Guasti, M. T., White, M., Bianco, G., Arosio, F., Camilleri, B., Hasson, N. (2020). Two clinical markers of DLD in monolingual Italian speakers: what can they tell us about second language learners with DLD? Journal of clinical linguistics and Phonetics.

Hu, S., Costa, F., & Guasti, M. T. (2020). Mandarin-Italian dual-language children’s comprehension of head-final and head-initial relative clauses. Frontiers in Psychology.

Moscati, V., Rizzi, L., Vottari, I., Chilosi, A.M., Salvadorini, R., Guasti, M.T. (2020). Morpho-syntactic weaknesses in Developmental Language Disorder: the role of structure and agreement configurations. Journal of Child Language.

Pagliarini, E., Scocchia, L., Sarti, D., Granocchio, E., Stucchi, N., & Guasti, M.T. (2020). Timing anticipation in adults and children with Developmental Dyslexia: evidence of an inefficient mechanism. Scientific Report.

Panzeri F., Giustolisi B. & Zampini L. (2020). The comprehension of ironic criticisms and ironic compliments in individuals with Down syndrome: Adding another piece to the puzzle. Journal of Pragmatics.

Spitale, M., Silleresi, S., Cosentino, G., Panzeri, F., Garzotto, F. (2020). “Whom would you like to talk with?” Exploring Conversational Agents for Children’s Linguistic Assessment. In IDC ’20: Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children.

Vergallito, A., Varoli, E., Giustolisi, B., Cecchetto, C., Del Mauro, L., & Romero Lauro, L.J. (2020). Mind the stimulation site: enhancing and diminishing sentence comprehension with anodal tDCS. Brain and Language, 204.

Vogelzang, M., Foppolo, F., Guasti, M. T., van Rijn, H., & Hendriks, P. (2020). Reasoning about alternative forms is costly: The processing of null and overt pronouns in Italian using pupillary responses. Discourse Processes, 57(2), 158-183.


Arosio, F., & Giustolisi, B. (2019). Interference in direct object clitic production in Italian monolingual children. Frontiers in Communication.

Arosio, F., Guasti M.T. (2019). The production of wh-questions by Italian-speaking children with SLI. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. 33, 349-376.

Carioti, D., Danelli, L., Guasti, M. T., Gallucci, M., Perugini, M., Steca, P., Stucchi, N., Maffezzoli, A., Majno, M., Berlingeri, E., Paulesu, E. (2019). Music Education at School: Too Little and Too Late? Evidence From a Longitudinal Study on Music Training in Preadolescents. Frontiers in Psychology.

Cecchetto, C., & Donati, C. (2019). Against the parallelism between the NP and the clause: evidence from idioms. Linguistics.

Costa, F., Sharley, S., & Guasti, M.T. (2019). Does English delay learning to read Italian in primary school children? Rivista di grammatica generation.

Garraffa, M., Vender, M., Sorace, A., and Guasti, M. T. (2019). Is it possible to differentiate multilingual children and children with DLD? Policy paper for Languages, Society and Policy. Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS).

Giustolisi, B., Vernice, M., Cecchetto, C., Papagno, C., Burdo, S., Giuliani, A., & Guasti, M. T. (2019). Narrative skills in Italian pre-school deaf children with cochlear implant. Effects of late linguistic exposure on a late acquired domain. Lingue e Linguaggio.

Guasti, M. T. & Costa, F. (2019). Lo sviluppo morfosintattico nel bambino che impara una seconda lingua. In Levorato, C. & A. Marini (eds), Il bilinguismo in età evolutiva. Erikson: Trento.

Hu, S., Zhou, P., Foppolo, F., Vender, M., & Delfitto, D. (2019). Scalar implicatures in Chinese children with reading difficulties. First Language.

Mantovan, L., Giustolisi, B., & Panzeri, F. (2019). Signing something while meaning its opposite: the expression of irony in LIS. Journal of Pragmatics.

Panzeri F., Giustolisi B., Mantovan L. & Calderone, C. (2019). Joker face. Recognizing irony in the visual mode in spoken and signed language. In Julian J. Schloeder, Dean McHugh & Floris Roelofsen (Eds.) Proceedings of the 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium.

Panzeri F. (2019). Stai scherzando? (Non) riconoscere l’ironia nei social networks. Sistemi intelligenti 2019/3.

Vernice, M., Matta, M., Tironi, M., Caccia, M., Lombardi, E., Guasti, M. T., … & Lang, M. (2019). An online tool to assess sentence comprehension in teenagers at risk for school exclusion: evidence from L2 Italian students. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2417.

Vogelzang, M., Foppolo, F., Guasti, M. T., van Rijn, H., & Hendriks, P. (2019). Reasoning about alternative forms is costly: The processing of null and overt pronouns in Italian using pupillary responses. Discourse Processes.


Arosio, F., & Guasti M.T. (2018) The production of wh-questions by Italian-speaking children with SLI. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics.

Papagno, C., & Cecchetto, C. (2018) “Is auditory-verbal short-term memory involved in sentence comprehension?”. Cortex.

Cattaneo, Z., Rinaldi, L., Geraci, C., Cecchetto, C., Papagno. C. (2018) Spatial biases in deaf, blind and deafblind individuals as revealed by a haptic line bisection task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 

Checchetto, A., Geraci, C., Cecchetto, C., & Zucchi, S. (2018). The language instinct in extreme circumstances: The transition to tactile Italian Sign Language (LISt) by Deafblind signers. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics.

Garraffa, M.,  Guasti, M. T., Marinis, T., & Morgan, G. (2018) Editorial: Language Acquisition in Diverse Linguistic, Social and Cognitive Circumstances. Frontiers in Psychology.

Giustolisi, B., & Emmorey, K. (2018). Visual statistical learning with stimuli presented sequentially across space and time in deaf and hearing adults. Cognitive Science.

Giustolisi, B., Vergallito, A., Cecchetto, C., Varoli, E., & Romero Lauro, J.L. (2018). Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over left inferior frontal gyrus enhances sentence comprehension. Brain and Language.

Guasti, M.T., Pagliarini, E., & Stucchi, N. (2018). The rhythm of handwriting. Response to Vivian Cook’s comment on Children’s first handwriting productions show a timing structures. Inference.

Guasti, M.T., Pagliarini, E., & Stucchi, N. (2018). Language, reading and motor control: get rhythm! Biolinguistics.

Guasti, M.T., Vernice, M., & Franck, J. (2018). Continuity in the Adult and Children’s Comprehension of Subject and Object Relative Clauses in French and Italian. Languages.

Hu, S., Gavarrò, A., & Guasti, M.T. (2018). Chinese children’s knowledge of topicalization. Experimental evidence from a comprehension study. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

Hu, S., Cecchetto, C. & Guasti, M. T. (2018) A new case for structural intervention: Evidence from Wenzhounese relative clauses. Journal of East Asian Linguistics.

Pagliarini, E. Crain, S. & Guasti, M. T. (2018) The compositionality of logical connectives in Italian. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

Staub, A., Foppolo, F., Donati, C., & Cecchetto, C. (2018). Relative clause avoidance: Evidence for a structural parsing principle. Journal of Memory and Language.

Vernice, M., & Pagliarini, E. (2018). Is Morphological Awareness a Relevant Predictor of Reading Fluency and Comprehension? New Evidence From Italian Monolingual and Arabic-Italian Bilingual Children. Frontiers in Communication.

Westphal-Fitch, G., Giustolisi, B., Cecchetto, C., Martin, J.S., & Fitch, W.T. (2018). Artificial Grammar Learning Capabilities in an Abstract Visual Task Match Requirements for Linguistic Syntax. Frontiers in Psychology.


Arosio, F., Foppolo, F., Pagliarini, E., Perugini, M., & Guasti M.T. (2017). Semantic and pragmatic abilities can be spared in Italian children with SLI. Language learning and development.

Arosio, F., Panzeri, F., Molteni, B., Magazù, S. & Guasti, M.T. (2017). The Comprehension of Italian relative clauses in poor readers and in children with Specific Language Impairment. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. 

Foppolo, F. & Marelli, M. (2017). No delay for some inferences. Journal of Semantics. 

Foppolo, F. & Panzeri, F. (2017). Presuppositions are challenging not only for preschoolers, but also for school-aged children. In S. Pistoia-Reda, F. Domaneschi (eds.), Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches on Implicatures and Presuppositions, Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition.

Giustolisi, B., Mereghetti, E., & Cecchetto, C. (2017). Phonological blending or code mixing? Why mouthing is not a core component of sign language grammar. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Guasti, M. T. (2017). Comparison of two types of omission in child language: Articles and Third Person Direct Object Clitics. Lingue e Linguaggio.

Guasti, M. T. (2017). I disturbi specifici del linguaggio nei bambini con italiano L2. Giornale di Neuropsichiatria dell’età evolutiva.

Hu, S., & M. T. Guasti (2017). Complexity in the Acquisition of Relative Clauses from School-age sequential Mandarin-Italian Bilingual Children. International Journal of Chinese education.

Pagliarini, E., Scocchia, L., Vernice, M., Zoppello, M., Balottin, U., Bouamama, S., Guasti, M.T., & Stucchi, N. (2017). Children’s first handwriting productions show a rhythmic structure. Scientific Reports.


Arosio, F., Pagliarini, E., Perugini, M., Barbieri, L., & Guasti, M. T. (2016). Morphosyntax and logical abilities in Italian poor readers: The problem of SLI under-identification. First Language.

Cattaneo Z., Cecchetto, C. & Papagno, C. (2016). Deaf individuals show a leftward bias in numerical bisection. Perception.

Cecchetto, C., Giustolisi, B., & Mantovan, L. (2016). Short-term memory and sign languages. Sign span and its linguistic implications. Linguística: Revista de Estudos Linguísticos da Universidade do Porto.

Guasti, M.T., Palma, S., Genovese, E., Stagi, P., Saladini, G., & Arosio, F. (2016). The production of direct object clitics in pre-school and primary school-aged children with specific language impairments. Clinical linguistics and Phonetics.

Hu, S., Gavarró, A., & Guasti, M.T. (2016). Children’s production of head-final relative clauses: The case of Mandarin. Applied Psycholinguistics.

Hu, S., Gavarró, A., Vernice, M., & Guasti, M.T. (2016). The acquisition of Chinese relative clauses: Contrasting two theoretical approaches. Journal of Child Language.

Mantovan L., Duarte, K., Geraci, C., Cardinaletti, A. (2016). Access to knowledge: the issue of deaf students and more. Annali di Ca’ Foscari, serie Occidentale. 

Panzeri, F. & Foppolo, F. (2016). Not only task matters, position also. Rivista di Grammatica Generativa.

Panzeri, F. (2016). The slurs between philosophy of language and linguistics. Rivista italiana di filosofia del linguaggio.

Papagno C., G. Minniti, G. C. Mattavelli, L. Mantovan, & Cecchetto, C. (2016). Tactile short-term memory in sensory deprived individuals. Experimental Brain Research.

Sprouse, J., Caponigro I., Greco, C., & Cecchetto, C. (2016). Experimental syntax and the variation of island effects in English and Italian. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Vender, M., M., Garaffa, A. Sorace, & M. T., Guasti (2106). Child L2 learning and Specific Language Impairment: superficially similar but linguistically different. Clinical linguistics & phonetics.

Vernice, M., Cecchetto, C., Donati, C., & Moscati, V. (2016). Relative clauses are not adjuncts: an experimental investigation of a corollary of the raising analyses. Linguistische Berichte.

Sauerland, U., Grohmann, K. Guasti, & M. T. et al. (2016). How 5 year olds understand questions? Differences in languages across Europe. First Language.


Pagliarini, E. Guasti, M.T., Toneatto, C., Granocchio, E., Riva,F., Sarti, D., Molteni, D.B., & Stucchi, N. (2015) Dyslexic children fail in complying with rhythmic constraints of handwriting. Human Movement Science.

Arcodia, G.F. (2015). More on the morphological typology of Sinitic. Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics.

Arcodia, G.F., Basciano, B., & Melloni, C. (2015). Areal perspectives on total reduplication of verbs in Sinitic. Studies in Language.

Cantiani, C., Lorusso, M.L., Perego, P., Molteni, M. & Guasti, M.T. (2015). Developmental Dyslexia with and without language impairment: ERPs reveal qualitative differences in morphosyntactic processing. Developmental Neuropsychology.

Cecchetto, C., Checchetto A., Geraci, C.,  Santoro, M., & Zucchi, S. (2015) .The Syntax of Predicate Ellipsis in Italian Sign Language (LIS). Lingua.

Foppolo, F., Marelli, M., Meroni, L., & Gualmini, A. (2015). Hey Little Sister, Who’s the Only One? Modulating Informativeness in the Resolution of Privative Ambiguity. Cognitive science.

Katsos, N. Guasti, M. T. et al. (2016). Cross-linguistic patterns in the order of acquisition of quantifiers. PNAS.

Varlokosta, S., A., Belletti, J., Costa, N., Friedemann, A., Gavarrò, K., Grohmann, M.T., Guasti, L., Tuller, M., Lobo, M., et al. (2015). A Cross-Linguistic Study of the Acquisition of Clitic and Pronoun Production. Language Acquisition.

Vernice, M., & Guasti, M. T. (2015). The acquisition of SV order in unaccusatives: manipulating the definiteness of the NP argument. Journal of Child Language.

Stavrakaki, S., Tasioudi, M., & Guasti, M. T. (2015). Morphological cues in the comprehension of relative clauses by Greek children with Specific Language Impairment and typical development: A comparative study. International Journal of Speech and Language Pathology.


Arcodia, G.F. (2014). Grammaticalisation with coevolution of form and meaning in East Asia? Evidence from Sinitic. Language Sciences.

Guasti, M.T., Papagno, C., Vernice, M., Cecchetto, C., Giuliani, C., & Burdo S. (2014). The effect of language structure on linguistic strengths and weaknesses in children with cochlear implants: Evidence from Italian. Applied Psycholinguistics.

Foppolo, F., Meroni, L., Marelli, M., & Gualmini, A. (2014). The only one strategy in context. Lingua.


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