QLVL members - Costanza Asnaghi
Costanza Asnaghi obtained a Master's Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from UniversitÓ Cattolica of Milan, Italy in 2003. After spending a year in the US working as a Language Instructor at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, US, she obtained her second Master's in Teaching Italian as a Second or Foreign Language from UniversitÓ Ca? Foscari of Venice, Italy in 2007. Costanza has been teaching languages and linguistics for ten years at different institutions, such as UniversitÓ Cattolica of Milan, UniversitÓ degli Studi of Pavia, Politecnico of Milan, IES Abroad Milan. She defended her joint Ph.D. in English Linguistics at UniversitÓ Cattolica of Milan and KU Leuven in March 2013.
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Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.37 of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven
The goal of Costanza's research is to identify lexical features that are regionally patterned in written Standard California English, and to use this information to map regional California dialects. Her research is the first survey of linguistic variation in written Standard California English. Together with Jack Grieve, Costanza developed a new method of data collection in order to collect the quantity of data required for a lexical study. The method aims to identify patterns of regional lexical variation using site-restricted web searches in the newspaper domain. She also uses multidimensional scaling techniques to map her data and obtain geographical patterns of language variation.
Grieve, J, Asnaghi, C, Ruette, T. "Site-restricted web searches for data collection in regional dialectology". submitted American Speech