QLVL members - Stefano De Pascale


Stefano studied Italian and Dutch linguistics and literature at the KU Leuven (2013) and obtained a Master's Degree in Linguistics at the same university (2014), where he developed an interest in corpus linguistics and Cognitive Linguistics. After spending a year as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he started working on his PhD project at the QLVL research unit in October 2015 with a KUL scholarship, under the supervision of Stefania Marzo and Dirk Speelman.



E-mail: stefano.depascale@kuleuven.be
Phone: +32 16 32 21 48
Fax: +32 16 32 47 67
Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.12 of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven



The main goal of Stefano's research (3H150528) is to get a clear picture of the uniformity and variability in contemporary Italian, by conducting a large-scale and detailed corpus-based sociolectometrical study. Overall, this project aims to get a better insight into the stratificational structure of contemporary Italian, by inspecting which sources of variability determine the direction of the current standardization dynamics, thus favoring a multidimensional perspective on the issue. Furthermore, attention will be devoted to the statistical operationalization and testing of novel concepts in the literature on standard language change as well as to the extension and advance of the general lectometrical approach.

Representative publications

De Pascale, S., Speelman, D., Marzo, S. (2015). "Language ideology in the contemporary Italian speech community: a semantic vector space approach". International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC). Newcastle, UK, 20-25 July 2015.

De Pascale, S., Marzo, S., Speelman, D. (2016). "Evaluating regional variation in Italian: towards a change in standard language ideology?". In: Cerruti M., Crocco C., Marzo S. (Eds.), Towards a New Standard: Theoretical and Empirical Studies on the Restandardization of Italian. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.