QLVL members - Stefania Marzo


Stefania Marzo (°1976) is assistant professor (tenure-track) of Italian Linguistics at the University of Leuven. She studied Romance Languages and received her Ph.D. degree in Romance Linguistics (2006) at the University of Leuven. She has been assistant professor (2007-2010) at Ghent University. Since 2010 she holds an assistant professorship in Italian linguistics in Leuven and teaches Italian Linguistics on Bachelor and Master Level.




Her research interests lie primarily in variationist sociolinguistics and contact linguistics. In particular, she focuses on the diffusion and use of multilingual vernaculars in urban settings (in particular in Flanders) and on sociolinguistic variation of Italian (in and beyond Italy). Within these two research areas she studies among others, contact-induced language variation and the relation between (de-/re-)standardization and language ideology. On a methodological level, she explores how a fully-fledged integration of qualitative and quantitative methodologies allows for a fuller understanding of variation patterns in language.

Representative publications

The following publications are representative of Stefania's research. The rest of her published work can be found in the QLVL publication list.

Marzo, S. (to appear). "Exploring the social meaning of contemporary urban vernaculars: perceptions and attitudes about Citélanguage in Flanders." International Journal of Bilingualism.

Marzo, S. & C. Crocco. (2015). "Sulla tipicità delle costruzioni presentative per l'italiano neostandard." Revue Romane, 50 (1), 30-50.

Marzo, S. & E. Ceuleers. (2011). "The use of Citétaal among adolescents in Limburg: the role of space appropriation in language variation and change." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 32 (5), 451-464.