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Professor Raffaella Folli Head of School of Communication

School of Communication
Research Institute
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Room 17G11B
Jordanstown campus
Shore Road
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB
+44 (0)28 903 66615
Raffaella   Folli

Raffaella Folli studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Milan. In 1998 she completed an MPhil in Linguistics at the University of Oxford and then in 2001 a DPhil in Linguistics, also at the University of Oxford. She joined Ulster University in 2005 having previously held research positions at the University of Arizona and the University of Cambridge where she had a British Academy Post Doctoral Fellowship and a Junior Research Fellowship at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge. She is currently a Professor of Linguistics and the Head of School of Communication.  

She has two main areas of research: (i) the lexicon-syntax interface (in particular verb alternations) on which she has published several articles in various journals and (ii) the syntax of nominals. She is also involved in various experimental projects on monolingual and multilingual acquisition and disordered language, in particular Aphasia. Currently she is part of a project funded by The Leverhulme Trust investigating the syntax and semantics of pluralized mass nouns in collaboration with the University of York. In 2011, in recognition of her research achievement, she was awarded a Distinguished Researcher Fellowship Award.

She contributes to both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching in Linguistics, mostly in Syntax, and has supervised several PhD students to completion.  

She is part of the Linguistics team that in 2012 established the Ulster Centre on Multilingualism (UCoM), an information service for people raising or working with children growing up with more than one language. As part of UCoM, she is involved in Language Made Fun, a programme designed to support the language needs of multilingual children or migrant children in Northern Ireland. The programme is in collaboration with Barnardo’s and is funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Research publications

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