I am Italian and I come from Milano, where I have obtained a Maturita Classica Summa cum Laude in 1992.
In 1997 I have obtained three majors at the University of Lausanne: Ancient Greek, Oriental Languages (Sanskrit, Vedic and Pali), and Linguistics. In 1996-1997, I have spent one year in Toulouse (IRIT), where I have obtained a MSc in Computational Semantics. In 2000 I have completed my PhD in formal semantics with Jacques Jayez, at EHESS in Paris, on polysemy and the case study of "with" in French.
I have been a consultant for Temis and then joined the CNRS in 2001. I have spent three year at ENST (Telecom Paris) one year in New York, (at CUNY, Philososphy and Computer Science dpt.). I have joined the Institut Jean Nicod in January 2006. I have been visiting the Linguistic Department of the University of Chicago in 2014-2016.
My work in formal semantics focuses on a variety of phenomena related to modality in a cross-linguistic and formal perspective:
- Modal auxiliaries themselves
- The interaction between modality and tense
- The expressions of future
I have extensively worked on genericity (I was the project leader of GENIUS: Genericity Interpretation and Uses (ANR Programme Jeunes Chercheurs).
My research on quantifiers focused on assertability conditions, and I have argued that reciprocals also ultimately have a modal semantics.