Marta Lupica Spagnolo, Dr.

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Photo: Valerie Hekkel

Am Neuen Palais 10

Haus 19, Raum 4.04

14469 Potsdam

Tel. +49 331 977 4208

Email : lupica -at-



Foto von MLS
Photo: Valerie Hekkel

 Course/s offered in current semester

Office hours: Friday 2-3 p.m.  (please send me an email to organise a video call slot)

Research interests

Sociolinguistics of migration and multilingualism

Corpus linguistics and narrative analysis

Semantics and pragmatics of adverbials


Language planning and nation building

Italian-speaking communities abroad


07.2016: Ph.D. in Linguistics, Università degli Studi di Pavia and Libera Università di Bolzano-Bozen (Italy)

03.2015–05.2015: Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University (USA)

11.2011: M.A. in Linguistics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

04.2008: B.A. in Modern Literature, Università degli Studi di Siena (Italy)

10.2007–06.2008: ERASMUS, Freie Universität Berlin

Academic positions

Since 06.2019: Research assistant at the Institute for Romance languages in Annette Gerstenberg's research group

10.2017–01.2018: Research assistant at the Università di Milano-Bicocca, research project: Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe (MIME)

09.2016–08.2017: Research assistant at the Universität Basel, research project: Italian Sentence Adverbs in a Contrastive Perspective (ISAaC)

11.2015: Assistant at the Libera Università di Bolzano-Bozen, research project: Biografie linguistiche in Alto Adige – Südtirol


Winter term 2021/22: Empirical methods

Summer term 2021: Linguistic Landscapes: languages in the public space

Winter term 2020/21: Narrative analysis in linguistics

Summer term 2020: Italian and German in contrast: issues in contrastive linguistics

Winter term 2019/20: Language biographies and multilingualism

Winter term 2019/20 (with Annette Gerstenberg): Introduction to Romance Linguistics

Summer term 2019: Syntax of spoken language


Books and edited volumes

Lupica Spagnolo, Marta (2019), Storie di confine. Biografie linguistiche e ristrutturazione dei repertori tra Alto Adige e Balcani. Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag.

De Cesare, Anna-Maria/Albom, Ana/Cimmino, Doriana/Lupica Spagnolo, Marta (2018) (eds.), „Formal and functional perspectives on sentence adverbials in the Romance languages and beyond“. Special issue of Linguistik Online 92/5.


El Sherbiny Ismail, Eman/Gerstenberg, Annette/Lupica Spagnolo, Marta/Schulz, Friederike/Vandenbroucke, Anne (2022): „L’âge avancé en perspective longitudinale et ses outils : LangAge, un corpus au pluriel“, in SHS Web Conf. - 8e Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française 138, 10003 [1-14]. DOI: 10.1051/shsconf/202213810003.

Lupica Spagnolo, Marta (2021): „Politically (speaking): Form, position, and function of domain adverbials in Italian and German“, in Vox Romanica, 80, 133-173.

De Cesare, Anna-Maria/Albom, Ana/Cimmino, Doriana/Lupica Spagnolo, Marta (2020), „Domain adverbials in the news. A corpus-based contrastive perspective on English, German, French, Italian and Spanish“, in Languages in Contrast. International Journal for Contrastive Linguistics 20 (1), 31–57.

De Cesare, Anna-Maria/Albom, Ana/Cimmino, Doriana/Lupica Spagnolo, Marta (2018), „Sentence adverbials: Defining the research object and outlining the research results“, in Linguistik Online 92/5, 3–12.

Lupica Spagnolo, Marta (2016), „Language nominations and experienced linguistic repertoire in biographical interviews“, in Cailleux, Dorothée/Sakhno, Serguei/Raviot, Jean-Robert (eds.), Situations de plurilinguisme et politiques du multilinguisme en Europe. Bruxelles, Peter Lang, 43–60.

Lupica Spagnolo, Marta (2013), „Morphologische Produktivität in deutschsprachigen Texten nicht nativer Autoren. Eine korpuslinguistische Analyse“, in Zeitschrift für germanistische Linguistik 41/3, 339–376.

Book reviews

Lupica Spagnolo, Marta (2014), „Review of Labov, William (2013), The language of life and death. The transformation of experience in oral narrative, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press“, in Linguist List 25.3040,

Talks and posters (selection)

„Die Sprachen der Anderen Sprach-Einstellungen bei Dante- und heute/Le lingue degli altri: atteggiamenti linguistici ai tempi di Dante e ai nostri giorni",  with Annette Gerstenberg and Eman El Sherbiny Ismail, XXI Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo (20.10.2021),  Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Berlin.

„Italian in Transit: Attempting a definition on the basis of distribution and functions of generalized present infinitives",  54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (30.08.–3.09.2021).

„Narrative of emancipation through language learning: The case of Ex-Yugoslavian migrants in multilingual South Tyrol",Old and new forms of multilingualism in the Alps-Adriatic region - descriptive models, challenges and possible solutions (25.–26.03.2021), Universität Klagenfurt.

“Form and function of Italian domain adverbials in a contrastive perspective with Spanish and German. A study based on comparable and parallel corpora”, with Ana Albom, 8th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference (26.–28.05.2017), University of Athens.

“Ex-Yugoslavian migrants in bilingual South-Tyrol”, Integration, Inclusion, Assimilation and Ghettoisation in the Framework of Mobility (09.–10.02.2017), University of Stockholm.

“Series of (proto-)typical domain adverbials in Italian and German. A contrastive and corpus-based analysis of their form, position, and context”, “Linguistically knotty”: Current Issues on Sentence Adverbs (19.–20.01.2017), University of Basel.

“Erlebte Sprachräume und Umstrukturierung des Sprachrepertoires zwischen Südtirol und dem Balkan”, Situations of Multilingualism and Policies towards Multilingualism (20.–21.11.2014), Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense.

“Quali codici fanno parte del repertorio? Variazioni nei glottonimi e spazi linguistici percepiti tra Alto Adige e Balcani”, The First International Conference on the Sociolinguistics of Immigration (25.–26.09.2014), University of Turin, Rapallo (Genova).

“Language biographies and reorganization of language repertories between South Tyrol and the Balkans”, poster presented in LINEE+ PhD Training Workshop in Multilingualism Research (28.04.–02.05.2014), Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik.

“Autochthone und allochthone linguistische Minderheiten im Kontakt”, poster presented in Winter School Linguistische Zugänge zu Konflikten in europäischen Sprachräumen: Korpus – Pragmatik – kontrovers (18.–23.03.2013), University of Heidelberg.

“Morphologische Produktivität in Texten deutschsprachiger interkultureller Autoren. Eine korpuslinguistische Analyse”, IX. Internationaler Kongress der Germanisten Rumäniens (04.–07.06.2012), University of Bukarest.


 Course/s offered in current semester

Office hours: Friday 2-3 p.m.  (please send me an email to organise a video call slot)