Martina Urbani - Ph.D. student

Office address    Dip. Studi Linguistici e Letterari (DISLL)
  Pal. Borgherini - via B. Pellegrino, 26 - 35137 Padova
Telephone    049-8274963
  Research Interests
I am a third year doctoral student in Linguistics, at the Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies- University of Padova. My area of specialization is experimental phonetics and my Ph.D. thesis focuses on intonation. I analyse intonation contours produced by Italians and Americans in order to highlight specific features in the tones and pitch accents used by Italians who speak English as a second language. My tutor and mentor, Prof. Maria Grazia BusĂ , supervises my Ph.D. work and current projects.
In 2009, I obtained a MA in Euro-American Languages, Literatures and Cultures (summa cum laude). My thesis entitled 'The Pragmatic Effects of Non-native Intonation in the Expression of Modality. Results from a Corpus Study' was supervised by Prof. Maria Grazia BusĂ . In 2007, I obtained a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures (summa cum laude). The title of my thesis is 'A Theoretical and Practical Approach to the Translation of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas' and my supervisor was Dr. Katherine Ackerley.
I was awarded scholarships for overseas exchange programs: at University of California, Los Angeles (2011); at Boston University (2008); at Aberystwyth University (2006-2007). I am a member of the Italian Ph.D. students' association (ADI) and I am involved in the activities organized by the committee in Padova.

Urbani, M. (2012). Pitch range in L1/L2 English. An analysis of F0 using LTD and linguistic measures. In: BusĂ , M.G. and Stella, A. (eds.). 'Methodological Perspectives on Second Language Prosody. Papers from ML2P 2012'. Padova: Cleup. 79-83. ISBN:9788861299375.

Urbani, M. (2012). Instruments and Methods for the Analysis of Prosody. Linguistic Applied (4). Bydgoszcz: Kazimierz Wielki University. 104-117

Urbani, M. (2011). Intonation and Pragmatics. In: Melchionda, M. (ed.) 'Carte d'occasione', (4). Padova: Unipress, 185-204. ISSN: 2037-5808.

BusĂ , M.G. and Urbani, M. (2011). A Cross Linguistic Analysis of Pitch Range in English L1 and L2. Proceedings of 'ICPhS 2011 (17th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences)', Hong Kong, 17-21 August 2011, 380-383. ISBN: 978-962-442-341-9. [PDF]

Urbani, M. (2011). Prosodic Differences in Italian and English Utterances. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference 'Languages and the World: Research and Teaching', 24th- 25th March, Kirovohrad, Uckraine, 96 (2). 317-322.

Urbani, M. (2010). The Effects of Intonation in the Expression of Pragmatic Meaning. A Comparison of Italian and English Utterances. The abstract and the web-poster have been published on the CLAN conference website. [Link]