Research Profile

Carlotta Sparvoli

Biography

Dr Carlotta Sparvoli joined the School of Asian Studies in January 2016 after having taught at the University of Parma (Italy) for 10 years and at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia for five years. She holds her M.A. and PhD in Chinese Studies, both from the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice. In 2012 she got a four research fellowship from the Italian Ministry of University and Research, for her project in the field of tone acquisition by non-tonal language learners. In the same year, she won a six-month research grant within the Taiwan Fellowship Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, for the project "The anankastic and the deontic modality, a crosslinguistic study in English and Chinese”. Dr Carlotta Sparvoli is Board Member and Secretary of EACL (European Association of Chinese Linguistics) and of  CASLAR (Chinese as a Second Language Research). Her major fields of research are the semantics of modal expressions and tonal phonology. Aside from Chinese theoretical linguistics Dr Sparvoli is interested in a variety of topics related Chinese language. She is currently preparing a volume on the semantic of Chinese modal expressions.

Research Interests

Chinese linguistics, modality, tone acquisition, syntax acquisition, Chinese language acquisition.

My most recent publication addresses the issue of mental representation of motion events in Chinese.
I am writing a monograph about the expression of necessity in Chinese.
  • Currently organizing the 3rd International Symposium on Chinese Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (ISOCTAL-3), University College Cork, December 2019.
  • In the Organization Committee of EACL 10, International Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics, 2018.
  • In the Scientific Committee of ISOCTAL 2, International Symposium of Chinese Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, 2017.
  • Co-chair of CASLAR 3, Third International Conference of Teaching as a Second Language Research, University of Parma, 28-30 August 2014.
  • Member of the board of the Unipr-Colab publishing house of the University of Parma. 

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2013)Deontico e anankastico. Dalla modalità classica alla linguistica cinese.
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2013) Deontico e anankastico. Dalla modalità classica alla linguistica cinese. Parma: Università di Parma. [Details]
(1996)Guida alla filosofia cinese : alla ricerca del senso della vita.
Sparvoli, Carlotta (1996) Guida alla filosofia cinese : alla ricerca del senso della vita. Milano: De Vecchi. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Modality in the general linguistic investigations carried out in China before 1949'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2019) 'Modality in the general linguistic investigations carried out in China before 1949' In: B. Meisterernst (eds). New perspectives on Aspect and Modality in Chinese Historical Linguistics. Frontiers in Chinese Linguistics 5. Singapore: Peking University Press and Springer Singapore Nature.   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'From Phonological Studies to Teaching Mandarin Tone Some Perspectives on the Revision of the Tonal Inventory'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2017) 'From Phonological Studies to Teaching Mandarin Tone Some Perspectives on the Revision of the Tonal Inventory' In: Chaofen Sun and Istvan Kecskes (eds). Key Issues in Chinese as a Second Language Research. London: Routledge.   [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Fenomeni di inversione in italiano e cinese'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2016) 'Fenomeni di inversione in italiano e cinese' In: Linguistica cinese tendenze e prospettive. Milan: UNICOPLI. [Details]
(2014)'Lü Shuxiang, prefazioni al Compendio di grammatica cinese'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2014) 'Lü Shuxiang, prefazioni al Compendio di grammatica cinese' In: Laura Dolfi (eds). Tradurre il '900 LE LINGUE DI BABELE Collana di traduzioni di A.L.E.F. Parma: MUP Monte Università Parma editore. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'A Conceptual Restructuring of Spatial Motion Expressions in Chinese L2'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2018) 'A Conceptual Restructuring of Spatial Motion Expressions in Chinese L2'. Frontiers in psychology, 9   [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Competing Markers: Acquisitive and Core Modals in Modern Mandarin Chinese'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2017) 'Competing Markers: Acquisitive and Core Modals in Modern Mandarin Chinese'. The Irish Journal of Asian Studies, 3 :35-58 [Details]
(2015)'Modals and negation: A semantic explanation of the modal suppletion strategy in Chinese'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2015) 'Modals and negation: A semantic explanation of the modal suppletion strategy in Chinese'. CHINESE AS A SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH, 4 (2):163-193 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)''The roast must be done.' Inferred evidentials in Chinese'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2015) ''The roast must be done.' Inferred evidentials in Chinese'. LA TORRE DI BABELE, 11 [Details]
(2014)'“It can only be attributable to human error” Shift modali nella localizzazione del software in cinese e italiano'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2014) '“It can only be attributable to human error” Shift modali nella localizzazione del software in cinese e italiano'. LA TORRE DI BABELE, 10 :219-250 [Details]
(2013)'Dalla combinazione classificatore-nome all’accordo articolo nome. Note per la didattica di italiano L2 rivolta ad apprendenti sinofon'
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2013) 'Dalla combinazione classificatore-nome all’accordo articolo nome. Note per la didattica di italiano L2 rivolta ad apprendenti sinofon'. EDUCAZIONE LINGUISTICA LANGUAGE EDUCATION, 2 :1-14   [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'The vocation for concreteness in the Chinese language categorial thought: the binome benmo'
SPARVOLI C. (2013) 'The vocation for concreteness in the Chinese language categorial thought: the binome benmo'. Minima Sinica, 2 :29-50 [Details]
(2011)'Variazioni melodiche nei toni del cinese moderno: alcune considerazioni sulla natura oppositiva e relazionale delle proprietà tonali'
SPARVOLI C. (2011) 'Variazioni melodiche nei toni del cinese moderno: alcune considerazioni sulla natura oppositiva e relazionale delle proprietà tonali'. LA TORRE DI BABELE, 7 :187-204 [Details]
(2008)'La collana della narrazione: disambiguazione semantica degli elementi comuni di incipit ed exciplit nel canto del Samadhi dello Specchio Prezioso'
SPARVOLI C. (2008) 'La collana della narrazione: disambiguazione semantica degli elementi comuni di incipit ed exciplit nel canto del Samadhi dello Specchio Prezioso'. LA TORRE DI BABELE, 5 :121-134 [Details]
(2006)'La vocazione di concretezza del pensiero categoriale nella lingua cinese: il binomio benmo'
SPARVOLI C. (2006) 'La vocazione di concretezza del pensiero categoriale nella lingua cinese: il binomio benmo'. LA TORRE DI BABELE, 4 :173-185 [Details]
(2010)'La battaglia della Roccia Rossa. Da cronaca a evento identitario'
SPARVOLI C. (2010) 'La battaglia della Roccia Rossa. Da cronaca a evento identitario'. LA TORRE DI BABELE, 6 :99-112 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2014)Atti del XIII Convegno dell'Associazione ltaliana Studi Cinesi, Milano 22-24 settembre 2011
SPARVOLI C. (2014) La definizione di istruzioni articolatorie mirate all’addestramento per la produzione dei toni del cinese standard Atti del XIII Convegno dell'Associazione ltaliana Studi Cinesi, Milano 22-24 settembre 2011 MILANO -- ITA, , pp.393-403 [Details]

ANET/COS

 YearPublication
(2010)Jichu yidaliyu.
SPARVOLI C. and Sun XM (2010) Jichu yidaliyu. ANET/COS [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2012MOFA Fellowship (6 months) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), Centre for Chinese Studies, Taipei, Taiwan
2011PhD Scholarship (3 years) Regione Veneto (European Union)
2012MIUR - Research grant (4 years) ITALIAN MINISTRY OF UNIVERSITY AND RESEARCH

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
CASLAR Chinese as a Second Language Research Secretary and Board Member10-SEP-14 /
AISC, Associazione Italiana Studi Cinesi Member20-OCT-11 /
EACS, European Association of Chinese Studies Member11-FEB-14 /
AILC Italian Association of Chinese Linguistics Executive Board Member11-FEB-17 /
EACL European Association of Chinese Linguistics Secretary and Executive Board Member20-OCT-11 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)10th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics,
Carlotta SPARVOLI (2018) The néng de-constructions. Different scenarios of occurrence and modal contribution. [Oral Presentation], 10th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics, University of Milano Bicocca , 28-SEP-18 - 29-SEP-18. [Details]
(2018)5th International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research, CASLAR-5,
Carlotta SPARVOLI (2018) Resorting to discourse structure and argument grid for shifting from helplessness to hope. [Oral Presentation], 5th International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research, CASLAR-5, University of Hong Kong , 15-JUN-18 - 17-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)​Learned helplessness: the case of Chinese Syntax Acquisition,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2018) IRAAL Public Evening Lecture. [Invited Oral Presentation], ​Learned helplessness: the case of Chinese Syntax Acquisition, University College Cork , 10-MAY-18 - 10-MAY-18. [Details]
(2018)5th Edition of V edition of the Study Days on Chinese Linguistics,
Carlotta SPARVOLI (2018) Exploring the role of néng in the néng de-constructions. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 5th Edition of V edition of the Study Days on Chinese Linguistics, Catholic University of Milan , 23-NOV-18 - 24-NOV-18. [Details]
(2017)EACT European Association of Chinese Teaching,
Sparvoli, Carlotta, Ruane, Mary (2017) Teaching Chinese in Primary Schools: Implementing the performative approach”. [Oral Presentation], EACT European Association of Chinese Teaching, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary , 11-FEB-17 - 12-FEB-17. [Details]
(2017)XVI AISC 2017 - Conference of the Italian Association of Chinese Studies,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2017) I classificatori nel quadro della tipologia dei sistemi nominali. [Oral Presentation], XVI AISC 2017 - Conference of the Italian Association of Chinese Studies, Università Cattolica di Mialno , 21-SEP-17 - 23-SEP-17. [Details]
(2017)IV Giornata Italiana di linguistica cinese,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2017) “The notion of possibility in Chinese”. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], IV Giornata Italiana di linguistica cinese, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” , 25-NOV-17 - 27-MAY-18. [Details]
(2017)The 2nd Annual Conference Irish Association for Asian Studies: ASIA: Transcultural Interactions – Past, Present and Future,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2017) Acquisitive modals in South East Asian languages. Looking for a paradigm for the expression of possibility. [Oral Presentation], The 2nd Annual Conference Irish Association for Asian Studies: ASIA: Transcultural Interactions – Past, Present and Future, University College Cork , 08-SEP-17 - 08-SEP-17. [Details]
(2016)Lecture at the Centre for Asian Studies,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2016) Do the right thing: Chinese expressions of moral duty and practical necessity. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Lecture at the Centre for Asian Studies, Trinity College, Dublin , 29-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)Workshop on Aspect and Modality,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2016) Modality in the general linguistic investigations carried out in China before 1949. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Workshop on Aspect and Modality, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Seminar of East Asian Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin , 01-AUG-16. [Details]
(2016)10th EACL Summer School in Chinese Linguistics,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2016) Modality in Mandarin Chinese. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], 10th EACL Summer School in Chinese Linguistics, University of Picardy Jules Verne at Amiens, Amiens, France , 06-JUN-16 - 09-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016)Giornate di studi sulla linguistica cinese tendenze e prospettive,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2016) Le frasi esistenziali. Definiteness e anti-definiteness effect in cinese e italiano. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Giornate di studi sulla linguistica cinese tendenze e prospettive, University Rome3, Rome , 14-NOV-16 - 15-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)Workshop at the Department of Law,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2016) Sense, sensibility and practical necessity in Chinese. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Workshop at the Department of Law, University of Bologna , 10-OCT-16. [Details]
(2016)IAAS (Irish Association of Asian Studies), Second International Conferenc,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2016) Words of commemoration addressed to the youth. A discourse analysis on Mao’s speech at the 20th anniversary of the May Fourth movement. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], IAAS (Irish Association of Asian Studies), Second International Conferenc, Dublin City University , 18-JUN-16 - 19-SEP-16. [Details]
(2016)4th International CASLAR Conference,
Sparvoli, Carlotta, Li, Ping (2016) Developing the implicit knowledge of perfectivity in L2 Chinese : A preliminary test on the effectiveness of cross-linguist reflection. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 4th International CASLAR Conference, East China Normal University, Shanghai, , 18-AUG-16 - 19-AUG-16. [Details]
(2015)Lecture on Deontic modality,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2015) Sense, sensibility and factual necessity: the Deontic and the Anankastic within the Chinese modal system. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Lecture on Deontic modality, Humboldt University, Berlin, , 04-MAY-17. [Details]
(2015)ISOCTAL International Symposium on Chinese Theoretical and Applied Linguistics,,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2015) Inference from results and inference from reasoning in Chinese. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], ISOCTAL International Symposium on Chinese Theoretical and Applied Linguistics,, University of Newcastle, UK , 10-DEC-15 - 12-DEC-15. [Details]
(2015)9th International EACL Conference,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2015) Actuality entailment in the necessity domain: a case for Chinese. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 9th International EACL Conference, Stuttgart University , 24-SEP-15 - 25-SEP-15. [Details]
(2015)Giornate di studi sulla linguistica cinese tendenze e prospettive,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2015) Espressioni inferenziali in cinese. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Giornate di studi sulla linguistica cinese tendenze e prospettive, University of Milan , 18-NOV-16 - 19-NOV-16. [Details]
(2014)3rd International CASLAR Conference,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2014) Inaugural talk. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 3rd International CASLAR Conference, University of Parma , 28-AUG-14 - 29-AUG-14. [Details]
(2014)3rd International CASLAR Conference,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2014) From phonological studies to Mandarin tones-teaching. New perspectives on the tonal inventory. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 3rd International CASLAR Conference, University of Parma, Italy , 28-AUG-14 - 29-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014)Giornate di studi sulla linguistica cinese tendenze e prospettive,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2014) I tratti distintivi dei modali di necessità con riferimento all’interazione con gli operatori di quantificazione e all’actuality entailment. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Giornate di studi sulla linguistica cinese tendenze e prospettive, University Ca` Foscari, Venice , 01-OCT-14 - 02-OCT-14. [Details]
(2012)2nd International CASLAR Conference,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2012) Suppletion strategy in. Chinese modality: a proposal of a semantic explanation. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 2nd International CASLAR Conference, Taipei, National Taiwan Normal University , 17-AUG-12 - 19-AUG-12. [Details]
(2011)7th International EACL Conference,
Sparvoli, Carlotta (2011) The Anankastic and the Deontic: An Analysis of Distinctive Features of Chinese. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 7th International EACL Conference, University Ca' Foscarli, Venice , 13-SEP-11 - 14-SEP-11. [Details]

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Chinese linguistics, Chinese language acquisition. 

I am the Programme Director of the MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
As the responsible lecturer for Chinese Linguistics at the School of Asian Studies, I am teaching a wide range of topics. During the term 2017/18 I was the coordinator for the following modules:

CH6301 Theory and Practice in Learning Chinese
CH6302 Advance Chinese for TCSOL teachers
CH6303 Introduction to Teaching Practice
CH6304 Teaching Practice Internship
CH6306 Teaching Chinese in Different Contexts
CH6308 Postgraduate Research Skills
CH6400 Translation Studies: Asian Studies (Chinese)  

Other appointments
June 8- 19, 2016, EACL Summer School, Teaching the module on “Modality in Mandarin Chinese”.

Previous teaching experience:

(2005 -2016) Full-time Adjunct Professor of Chinese language, University of Study of Parma, Department of Antiquities, Literature, Education and Philosophy Department, Area of Foreign Languages and Literature. 
(2011 -2016) Full-time Adjunct Professor of Chinese language, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Studies on Language and Culture (2011 - 2016)(2013 -2014) Lecturer, MA program: Managing in Emerging Markets: Fondazione Universitaria Marco Biagi – Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (2011 -2016) Coordinator of the module on Software Localization,  MA program: European Master for Audiovisual Translation, Università degli Studi di Parma 

Co-chair and member of the Scientific Committee
CASLAR 3, Third International Conference of Teaching as a Second Language Research, University of Parma, 28-30 August 2014.
In the Scientific Committee of ISOCTAL 3, International Symposium of Chinese Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, 2017.
In the Organization Committee of EACL 10, International Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics, 2018.
Member of the board of the Unipr-Colab publishing house of the University of Parma. 



Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Translation Studies: AsianStudies (Chinese) CH6400Translation Studies: AsianStudies (Chinese)

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