Ilaria Frana
Associate Professor
Facoltà di studi classici, linguistici e della formazione
Viale delle Olimpiadi 1, 94100 Enna, Italy


I earned my PhD from the linguistics department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2010. My CV

Research areas of interest: natural language semantics, pragmatics, syntax-semantics interface, philosophy of language, psycholinguistics.

Domains of particular interest: modality, attitude verbs, (concealed) questions, polar questions, intensional DPs, discourse particles, (adnominal) conditionals, specificational clauses, relational nouns, anaphora, prosodic effects on semantic interpretation.  

For a more detailed overview of my research interests, and a list of downloadable papers, go to my research page.

Previous Positions

2016 - 2020: Assistant Professor, University of Enna Kore.

2015 - 2016: Visiting scholar, Linguistics Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

2014- 2015: Visiting Assistant Professor, Linguistics Department, University of Connecticut.

2012 - 2014: Visiting Assistant Professor, Linguistics Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

2008 - 2012: Postdoctoral Researcher in the research group (Excellence InitiativeNoun Phrases in Intensional ContextsUniversity of Göttingen, Germany. 

2010: Ph.D in Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

For more details, see my CV(pdf)


Since the Fall 2016, I am a faculty member at the University of Enna Kore. Here I teach linguistics courses for BA students in the departments of Foreign Languages and Italian philology as well as students of laurea specialistica (Italian post BA degree) in Languages for Intercultural Mediation (LM/38). My classes range from introduction to Linguistics to more outreach topics such as language and cognition, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, minority languages, language revitalization and planning. 

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Email: ilaria.frana AT unikore DOT it