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Carlo Cecchetto


Address: CNRS, Structures Formelles du Langage

59 rue Pouchet, 75017 Paris

e-mail   carlo.cecchetto123 [at]

Date of birth: June, 1 1964                             Nationality: Italy





Author’s impact analysis (Publish or Perish, Google Scholar Data Source, 08/08/2023)




Publication years: 1994-2023
Citation years: 27 (1994-2023)
Papers: 224
Cites/year: 118.28


h-index 29

g-index 54

hI,norm 19

hI,annual 0,.66




Publications (supervised Ph-D. students in bold)


Authored Books


C. Cecchetto & C. Donati. (Re)labeling, Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 70, Cambridge: MA, MIT Press., 2015.


C. Cecchetto, A. Di Domenico, M. Garraffa & C. Papagno, COMPRENDO. Batteria per la comprensione di frasi negli adulti, Milano: Raffaele Cortina, 2012.


C. Cecchetto Introduzione alla sintassi. La Teoria dei Principi e dei Parametri, Milano:  LED Edizioni, 2002 (second edition).


C. Cecchetto, Grammatica e Sintassi della Forma Logica, Rivista di Grammatica Generativa Monograph Series, Padova: Unipress, 1996.



Edited books


J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau, & M. Steinbach (scientific directors) SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 2017.


I. Caponigro & C. Cecchetto (eds.) From Grammar to Meaning: The Spontaneous Logicality of Language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.


A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto & C. Donati (eds.) Grammatica, lessico e dimensioni di variazione nella  LIS, Milano: Franco Angeli, 2011.


C. Cecchetto, G. Chierchia & M. T. Guasti (eds.) Semantic Interfaces, Stanford: CSLI publications, 2000.



Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals


Giorgia Zorzi, Valentina Aristodemo, Beatrice Giustolisi, Charlotte Hauser, Caterina Donati and Carlo Cecchetto (2023). Assessing Lexical and Syntactic Comprehension in Deaf Signing Adults, The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education


Giulia Gilardone, Mauro Viganò, Giulio Costantini, Alessia Monti, Massimo Corbo, Carlo Cecchetto and Costanza Papagno (2023). The role of verbal short‐term memory in complex sentence comprehension: An observational study on aphasia. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 10.1111/1460-6984.12851


M. Sala, G. Bettelli, B. Giustolisi, A. Vergallito, L. Romero Lauro, C. Cecchetto (2023). Comprehension of double-center embedded relatives in Italian: a case for hierarchical intervention. Isogloss. Open Journal of Romance Linguistics. 9, 1-29.


C. Cecchetto and C. Donati (2022) Labeling (Reduced) Structures: When VPs Are Sentences. Linguistic Inquiry, doi:


B. Giustolisi, J. S.  Martin, G. Westphal-Fitch, T. Fitch and C. Cecchetto (2022) Performance of Deaf Participants in an Abstract Visual Grammar Learning Task at Multiple Formal Levels: Evaluating the Auditory Scaffolding Hypothesis. Cognitive Psychology DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13114


V. Aristodemo, B. Giustolisi, G. Zorzi, D. Gras, C. Hauser, R. Sala, J.  Sánchez Amat, C. Donati & C. Cecchetto (2022) On the nature of role shift: insights from a comprehension study in different populations of LIS, LSC and LSF signers, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory,


G. Zorzi, B. B. Giustolisi, V. Aristodemo, C. Cecchetto, C. Hauser, J. Quer, J. Sánchez Amat, C. Donati (2022) On the reliability of the notion of native signer and its risks. Frontiers in Psychology/Language sciences DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.716554


Hauser, Charlotte, Giorgia Zorzi, Valentina Aristodemo, Beatrice Giustolisi, Doriane Gras, Rita Sala, Jordina Sánchez Amat, Carlo Cecchetto and Caterina Donati. (2021). Asymmetries in relative clause comprehension in three European sign languages. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 6(1): 72. 1–36. DOI:


Carlo Cecchetto, Alessandra ChecchettoBeatrice Giustolisi  and Mirko Santoro (2021) Age of exposure and subject/object asymmetries when wh-movement goes rightward. The case of LIS interrogatives. Sign Language & Linguistics


Konrad, I., Foppolo, F., Burattin, M., Cecchetto C., Staub A., & Donati, C. (2021). Avoiding gaps in Romance:  Evidence for a structural parsing principle from Italian and French, Syntax. doi: 10.1111/synt.12209


C. Donati, F. Foppolo, I. Konrad and C. Cecchetto (2021) Whatever his arguments, whatever relatives are not free relatives: a reply to Caponigro’s Reply. Linguistic Inquiry,


Stéphanie Luna, Sven Joubert, Marion Blondel, Carlo Cecchetto and Jean-Pierre Gagné (2020), The Impact of Aging on Spatial Abilities in Deaf Users of a Sign Language, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2020, 1–11 doi: 10.1093/deafed/enaa034


A. Vergallito, E. Varoli, B. Giustolisi, C. Cecchetto, L. Del Mauro  & L. J. Romero Lauro (2020), Mind the stimulation site: enhancing and diminishing sentence comprehension with anodal tDCS, Brain and Language,


B. Giustolisi, M. Vernice, M. T. Guasti, C. Papagno, C. Cecchetto, A. Giuliani e S. Burdo (2019). “Narrative skills in Italian pre-school children with cochlear implants. Effects of late linguistic exposure on a late acquired domain”. Lingue e Linguaggio, doi: 10.1418/95384.


C. Cecchetto and C. Donati (2019). Against the parallelism between the NP and the clause: evidence from idioms”. Linguistics.


C. Papagno and C. Cecchetto (2018) Is auditory-verbal short-term memory involved in sentence comprehension? Cortex. 10.1016/j.cortex.2018.08.028


G. Westphal-Fitch, B. Giustolisi, C. Cecchetto, J. Scott Martin, W. T Fitch (2018) “Artificial grammar learning capabilities in a visual task match requirements for linguistic syntax” . Frontiers in Psychology, 9:1210. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01210


S. Hu, Cecchetto and M. T. Guasti (2018) A new case for structural intervention: Evidence from Wenzhounese relative clauses. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 27: 247-273.


A. Checchetto, C. Geraci,  C. Cecchetto and S. Zucchi.  (2018) The language instinct in extreme circumstances: the transition to tactile Italian Sign Language (LISt) by Deafblind signers”, Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 3 ( 1 ) , 66 . DOI:


Z. Cattaneo, L. Rinaldi, C. Geraci, C. Cecchetto , C. Papagno (2018) Spatial biases in deaf, blind and deafblind individuals as revealed by a haptic line bisection task, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/1747021817741288


B. Giustolisi, A. Vergallito, C. Cecchetto, E. Varoli, L. J. Romero Lauro (2018) Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over left inferior frontal gyrus enhances sentence comprehension. Brain and Language, 176, 36-41,


A. Staub, F. Foppolo , C. Donati, C. Cecchetto (2018) “Relative clause avoidance: Evidence for a structural parsing principle”, Journal of Memory and Language, 98, 26 - 44,


B. Giustolisi, E. Mereghetti and C. Cecchetto (2017) “Phonological blending or code mixing? Why mouthing is not a core component of sign language grammar”, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 35, 347 – 365.


A. Vergallito, B. Giustolisi, E. Varoli, C. Cecchetto, L. Romero  Lauro  (2017) “Boosted language: anodal tDCS over Broca's area enhances linguistic comprehension”, Brain Stimulation 2 (10), 482.


C. Cecchetto, B. Giustolisi, L. Mantovan (2016) “Short-Term Memory and Sign Languages. Sign Span

and its Linguistic Implications”, Revista de Estudos Linguísticos da Univerdade do Porto, 11: 59-89.


C. Papagno, G. Minniti, G. Mattavelli, L. Mantovan & C. Cecchetto (2016), “Tactile short-term memory in sensory deprived individuals” Experimental Brain Research. DOI 10.1007/s00221-016-4808-0


Vernice, M; Cecchetto, C; Donati, C; Moscati, C. (2016) “Relative clauses are not adjuncts: an experimental investigation of a corollary of the raising analyses” Linguistische Berichte, 246, 139-169.


Z. Cattaneo, C. Cecchetto e C. Papagno (2016) “Deaf individuals show a leftward bias in numerical bisection” Perception 45:1-2, 156-64. doi: 10.1177/0301006615596915.


C. Papagno, C. Cecchetto, A. Pisoni, N. Bolognini (2016) “Deaf, blind or deaf-blind: Is touch enhanced?”, Experimental Brain Research, 234:2, 627-636. Published on line: 16 November 2015.


J. Sprouse, I. Caponigro, C. Greco e C. Cecchetto (2016) “Experimental syntax and the variation of island effects in English and Italian”, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 34:1, 307–344. DOI 10.1007/s11049-015-9286-8. Published on line: 10 April 2015.


C. Cecchetto, A. Checchetto, C. Geraci,  M. Santoro & S. Zucchi, (2015) .“The Syntax of Predicate Ellipsis in Italian Sign Language (LIS)”, Lingua, 166: 214-235.

DOI 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.12.011. Published on line: 30 January 2015.


C. Geraci, R. Bayley, A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto and C. Donati (2015) “Variation in Italian Sign Language (LIS): The Case of Wh-signs”, Linguistics 53:1, 125–151. DOI: 10.1515/ling-2014-0031. Published on line: December 2014.


Z. Cattaneo, C. Lega, C. Cecchetto, & C. Papagno (2014), “Auditory deprivation affects biases of visuospatial attention as measured by line bisection”, Experimental Brain Research, 232(9), 2767-2773.


A. Benetello, C. Cecchetto & C. Papagno (2014), “When meaning is useless”, Memory. DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2014.945939.


L. J. Romero Lauro, M. Crespi, C. Papagno, C. Cecchetto (2014) “Making sense of an unexpected detrimental effect of sign language use in a visual task”, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. DOI: 10.1093/deafed/enu001


M.T. Guasti, C. Papagno, M. Vernice, C. Cecchetto, A. Giuliani, & S. Burdo (2014), “The effect of language structure on linguistic strengths and weaknesses in children with cochlear implants: Evidence from Italian" Applied Psycholinguistics, 35: 739–764.


C. Cecchetto & R. Oniga (2014) “Constituency as a Language Universal. The Case of Latin”. Lingue Antiche e Moderne, 3: 5-35.


C. Branchini, A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati & C. Geraci (2013), WH-duplication in Italian Sign Language (LIS), Sign Language & Linguistics 16:2, 157-188. Reprinted in Paweł Rutkowski (ed.) Signs and Structures, 39-70. , John Benjamin, Co., Amsterdam.


C. Papagno, M. Vernice, & C. Cecchetto (2013) Phonology without semantics? Good enough for verbal short-term memory. Evidence from a patient with semantic dementia, Cortex, 49, 626-636.


C. Papagno. E.  Bricolo , D. Mussi , R. Daini, C. Cecchetto (2012), (Eye)-tracking Short-Term-Memory over time, Aphasiology,. 26: 3-4, 536-555. DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2011.587179


N. Bolognini, C. Cecchetto, C. Geraci, A. Maravita, A. Pascual-Leone, C. Papagno (2011), Hearing shapes our perception of time: Temporal discrimination of tactile stimuli in deaf people, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 24:2, pp. 276–286.


C. Geraci, K. Battaglia, A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, S. Giudice, E. Mereghetti (2011), The LIS corpus project.  A discussion of sociolinguistic variation in the lexicon, Sign Language Studies, 11: 4: 528-574.


C. Donati e C. Cecchetto (2011), Relabeling Heads. A Unified Account for Relativization Structures Linguistic Inquiry, Volume 42.4, 519-560.


M. Gozzi, C. Geraci, C. Cecchetto, M. Perugini, C. Papagno (2011) Looking for an explanation for the low sign span. Is order involved?, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 16(1): 101-107.


L. J. Romero Lauro, J. Reis, L. G. Cohen, C. Cecchetto, C. Papagno (2010) “A case for the involvement of phonological loop in sentence comprehension”, Neuropsychologia.


C. Cecchetto & C. Donati (2010), On labeling: Principle C and head movement, Syntax, , Vol. 13:3, 241-278


Cecchetto, C. Geraci, S. Zucchi (2009). Another way to mark syntactic dependencies. The case for right peripheral specifiers in sign languages. Language. 85:2, 278-320.


Geraci, C., Gozzi, M., Papagno, C., Cecchetto, C. (2008). How grammar can cope with limited short-term memory: Simultaneity and seriality in sign languages. Cognition 106: 780-804.


C. Papagno, C. Cecchetto, F. Reati, L. Bello (2007) “Processing of syntactically complex sentences relies on verbal short-term memory. Evidence from a STM patient”, Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24: 3 292-311.


C. Papagno & C. Cecchetto, C (2006). Is syntactic complexity processing limited by the phonological loop capacity? Evidence from an STM patient. Brain and language. 99 (1-2), 161-162.


C. Cecchetto, C. Geraci & S. Zucchi (2006) "Strategies of Relativization in Italian Sign Language", Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, volume 25: 945-975.


C. Cecchetto (2005) Reconstruction in relative clauses and the copy theory of traces. in P. Pica & J. Rooryck (eds.) Linguistic Variation Yearbook N. 5: 73-103, John Benjamin, Co., Amsterdam


C. Cecchetto, (2004) Explaining the locality conditions of QR. Consequences for the Theory of Phases, Natural Language Semantics 12:4, 345-397.


C. Cecchetto & R. Oniga (2004) A Challenge to Null Case Theory, Linguistic Inquiry, 35:1, 141-149.


C. Cecchetto & R. Oniga  (2002), Consequences of the Analysis of Latin infinitival Clauses for the Theory of Case and Control, Lingue e Linguaggio, 2002:1, 151-189.


C. Cecchetto, (2000) Doubling Structures and Reconstruction Probus 12:1, 1-34.


C. Cecchetto, (1999) A Comparative Analysis of Left and Right Dislocation in Romance Studia Linguistica 53:1, 40-67.


C. Cecchetto, (1998) La semantica fra internismo ed esternismo. Qualche riflessione sulla recente produzione filosofica di Chomsky  Lingua e Stile  XXXIII, 1, 23-50.


C. Cecchetto, (1994) A Semantic Trigger for Scrambling Rivista di Grammatica Generativa , 19, 33-69.




Book Chapters


C. Cecchetto and C. Donati (2023). Relative Clauses in the Romance Languages. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics.


Alessandra Checchetto, Caterina Donati and Carlo Cecchetto (2022) Wh-features and exclamatives in LIS (Italian Sign Language). In Celda Morgado e Ana Maria Brito (eds.) Língua gestual portuguesa e outras línguas de sinais. Estudos linguísticos . Univerdade do Porto. DOI: ISBN: 978-989-9082-02-1


Carlo Cecchetto and Caterina Donati (2022) Unprobed movement and labeling:  explaining successive cyclicity and head movement. In Nora Boneh, Daniel Harbour, Ora Matushansky, Isabelle Roy (eds.), Building on Babel’s rubble, Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, Université Paris 8, Saint-Denis, 377-394.


Mauro Viganò and Carlo Cecchetto (2021) “Introduzione alla morfosintassi” in Marco Gilardone and Costanza Papagno (eds.) Riabilitazione in afasiologia. Valutazione e trattamento dei disturbi della morfosintassi, Milano: Franco Angeli,  11-25.


C. Cecchetto (2021) “Null Arguments and Ellipsis – Theoretical Perspectives” In J. Quer, R. Pfau and A. Herrmann (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Theoretical and Experimental Sign Language Research, London, Routledge, 295-308.


The following chapters and sections have been published in: Branchini, Chiara and Lara Mantovan (eds.). 2020. A Grammar of Italian Sign Language (LIS). 1st ed. (SIGN-HUB Sign Language Grammar Series). ISBN (EBOOK): 978-88-6969-474-5, DOI 10.30687/978-88-6969-474-5.


  • Syntax Part, Section 1.1  Sentence types: declaratives
  • Syntax Part, Section 1.2  Sentence types: interrogatives
  • Syntax Part, Section 1.3  Sentence types: imperatives
  • Syntax Part, Section 2.5 Clause structure: clausal ellipsis
  • Syntax Part, Section 3.3 Argument clauses
  • Syntax Part, Section 3.5.5 Coordination and subordination. Adverbial clauses: Reason clauses
  • Syntax Part, Section 3.5.6 Coordination and subordination. Adverbial clauses: Purpose clauses
  • Syntax Part, Section Coordination and subordination. Adverbial clauses:  Internal structure of concessive clauses
  • Syntax Part, Section Coordination and subordination. Adverbial clauses:  Manual signs marking subordination in concessive clauses
  • Syntax Part, Section Coordination and subordination. Adverbial clauses:  Non-manual markers in concessive clauses
  • Pragmatics Part, Chapter 3. Speech acts
  • Pragmatics Part, Chapter 6. Reporting and role shift



Carlo Geraci, Pietro Braione, Carlo Cecchetto, Josep Quer and Roland Pfau (2019) “Hidden languages in a digital world: the case of sign language archives”, in D. Piccardi, F. Ardolino, S. Calamai (eds.) Gli archivi sonori al crocevia tra scienze fonetiche, informatica umanistica e patrimonio digitale / Audio archives at the crossroads of speech sciences, digital humanities and digital heritage, 31-47. DOI: 10.17469/O2106AISV000002


C. Cecchetto and C. Donati (2019). “Relabeling participial constructions” in Ludovico Franco & Paolo Lorusso (eds.) Linguistic Variation: Structure and Interpretation. Mouton De Gruyter, 149-162.


The following chapters have been published in J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau, & M. Steinbach (scientific directors) SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 2017:

  • C. Cecchetto &  M. Kelepir (2017),  Section 1.2. (“Interrogatives”), Part 4 (Syntax), 290-304.
  • J. Quer & C. Cecchetto (2017), Section 2.1 (“The syntactic realization of argument structure”), Part 4 (Syntax), 338-366.
  • J. Jónsson,  C. Donati & C. Cecchetto (2017), Section 2.2 (“Grammatical functions”), Part 4 (Syntax), 366-375.
  • Schröder, C. Cecchetto, J. Jónsson, C. Branchini (2017) Section 2.3 (“Word order”), Part 4 (Syntax), 375-390.
  • C. Cecchetto &  C. Donati (2017),  Section 2.5 (“Clausal ellipsis”), Part 4 (Syntax), 396-398.
  • M. Kelepir, C. Cecchetto & M. Steinbach  (2017),  Section 3.5 (“Adverbial clauses”), Part 4 (Syntax), 459-485
  • C. Cecchetto,  M. Steinbach & M. Kelepir  (2017),  Chapter 14 (“The meaning of embedded clauses”), Part 6 (Semantics), 636-649.
  • P. Schlenker, A. Göksel, C. Cecchetto & M. Steinbach (2017), Chapter 6 (“Reporting and role shift ”), Part 7 (Pragmatics), 726-736.


Donati, C., G. Barberà, C. Branchini, C. Cecchetto, C. Geraci & J. Quer (2017)  “Searching for mandatory in European sign languages” in Van Olmen, D. and S. Heinold (eds.). Imperatives and Other Directive Strategies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 111-155.


C. Cecchetto (2016) “The syntax of Sign Language and Universal Grammar”, in I. Roberts (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Universal grammar, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 509-526.


C. Cecchetto & C. Donati (2016) “Relativization in Italian Sign Language: the missing link of relativization”, in R. Pfau, M. Steinbach & A. Herrmann (eds.) A matter of complexity, Mouton De Gruyter, 182-203.


C. Cecchetto & R. Oniga (2016) “Considerazioni sul fenomeno dell’ellissi verbale” in P. Puccetti (ed.) Latinitatis Rationes, Mouton De Gruyter, 189-199.


C. Cecchetto & C. Donati (2015) “Subject Intervention in Free Relatives” in Elisa Di Domenico, Cornelia Hamann, Simona Matteini (eds.) Structures, Strategies and Beyond, John Benjamins. 369-391.


C. Cecchetto & C. Donati. (2015) “Don’t move that remnant too much!”, in G. Grewendorf (ed.) Remnant Movement, Mouton De Gruyter, 180-200.


C. Branchini, C. Cecchetto & I. Chiari (2014). “La lingua dei segni italiana”. In Gabriele Iannàccaro (ed.) La linguistica italiana all’alba del terzo millennio (1997-2010), 371-406, Roma: Bulzoni.


C. Cecchetto (2013)  “Backward dependencies must be short. A unified account of the Final-over-Final and the Right Roof Constraints and its consequences for the syntax/morphology interface” in T. Biberauer & I. Roberts (eds.) Challenges to Linearization. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 57-92.


Geraci, C. & Cecchetto, C. (2013) Neglected cases of rightward movement. When wh-phrases and negative quantifiers go to right. In  H. Walker, G. Webelhuth, &  M. Sailer (eds.)  Rightward Movement in a Comparative Perspective. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 211-241.


C. Cecchetto (2012)  “Sentence types” . Chapter 14 of R. Pfau, M. Steinbach & B. Woll (eds.) Sign language. An international handbook (HSK - Handbooks of linguistics and communication science). Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 292-315.


C. Cecchetto & C. Papagno  (2011) Bridging the Gap between Brain and Syntax. A Case for a Role of the Phonological Loop. In C. Boeckx & A.M. Di Sciullo (eds.) The Biolinguistic Entreprise: New Perspectives on the Evolution and Nature of Human Language, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 440-460.


A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati (2011) Le ragioni di questo libro. In A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati (eds.) Grammatica, lessico e dimensioni di variazione nella LIS, Milano: Franco Angeli, 9-26.


A. Checchetto, C. Cecchetto, C. Geraci, Maria Teresa Guasti & S. Zucchi (2011) Una varietà molto speciale: la LISt (Lingua dei Segni Italiana tattile). In A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto & C. Donati (eds.) Grammatica, lessico e dimensioni di variazione nella LIS, Milano: Franco Angeli, 207-217.


C. Cecchetto, S. Giudice & E. Mereghetti (2011) La raccolta del Corpus LIS. In A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto & C. Donati (eds.) Grammatica, lessico e dimensioni di variazione nella LIS, Milano: Franco Angeli, 55-67.


S. Zucchi, C. Neidle, C. Geraci, Q. Duffy, & C. Cecchetto (2010) Functional markers in sign languages. In D. Brentari (ed.) Sign Languages, the Cambridge University Press Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 197-224.


C. Geraci, C. Cecchetto & C. Papagno (2010) Remembering phonologically in a language without sounds. In R. V. Nata (ed.) Progress in Education, Volume 20. Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-61668-742-7


C. Cecchetto & O. Percus (2006) "When we do that and when we don’t: a contrastive analysis of VP ellipsis and VP anaphora", in Frascarelli, Mara (ed.) Phases of Interpretation, Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter,  67-100.


C. Cecchetto & S. Zucchi (2006) “Condizioni di verità, sottospecificazione e discorso nelle lingue dei segni” in In R. Pititto & S. Venezia (eds.) Tradurre e comprendere. Pluralità dei linguaggi e delle culture, Roma: Aracne editrice, 353-385.


C. Cecchetto (2004) "Remnant Movement in the Theory of Phases", in The Structure of CP and IP, L. Rizzi (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 166-189.


C. Cecchetto (2001) "Syntactic or Semantic Reconstruction? Evidence from Pseudoclefts and Clitic Left Dislocation" in C. Cecchetto, G. Chierchia & M. T. Guasti (eds.) Semantic Interfaces, Stanford: CSLI publications, 90-144.


C. Cecchetto & L. Rizzi (2000) "A Naturalistic Approach to Language” in S. Nannini & H. J. Sandkühler (eds.) Naturalism in the Cognitive Sciences and in the Philosophy of Mind, Bern: Peter Lang, 117-130.


C. Cecchetto, (1999)  "Without Expletive Replacement?" in Semantic Issues in Romance Syntax,  J. Lema & E. Treviño (eds.), Amsterdam: John Benjamin, 21-37.


M. Piattelli-Palmarini &  C. Cecchetto (1997), "The Problem of Meaning in Generative Grammar" in The Problem of Meaning: Behavioural and Cognitive Perspectives, Ch. Mandell & A. McCabe (eds.), Amsterdam: Elsevier, 415-469.


C. Cecchetto, (1995)  "Clitic Left Dislocation and Scrambling: towards a unified analysis", in Teoria del Linguaggio e Analisi Linguistica, G. Borgato (eds.), Padova: Unipress.




Proceedings of peer-reviewed conferences


Aristodemo, V., Giustolisi, B., Cecchetto, C., & Donati, C. (2020). Comprehension of verb directionality in LIS and LSF. Proceedings of 11th International Conference of Experimental Linguistics. DOI: 10.36505/ExLing-2020/11/0008/000423


J. Quer & C. Cecchetto (2014) A Tool for Sign Language Grammaticography: The SignGram Blueprint, in Aicha Belkadi, Kakia Chatsiou and Kirsty Rowan (eds.). Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4. London: SOAS.


C. Donati & C. Cecchetto (2013) Nouns do not take complements: a theoretical claim and a psycholinguistic experiment, In Y. Otsu (ed.), The Proceedings of the 14th Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, Tokyo, Hituzi Syobo Publishing,  1-16. 


C. Geraci, Robert Bayley, Chiara Branchini, A. Cardinaletti, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, Serena Giudice. Emiliano Mereghetti, Fabio Poletti, Mirko Santoro, Sandro Zucchi (2010). Building a corpus for Italian Sign Language: Methodological issues and some preliminary results. Proceedings of 4th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpora and Sign Language Technologies.


C. Geraci , C. Cecchetto & S. Zucchi (2008) Sentential Complementation  in Italian Sign Language, in Michael Grosvald  & Dionne Soares (eds. ) Proceedings of the thirty-eighth Western Conference on Linguistics, 46-58.

ISBN 1-879890-19-4.


Geraci, C., Gozzi, M., Papagno, C., Cecchetto, C. (2008). Short Term Memory and Sign Languages: Reduced Resources and Full Languages. Proceedings of the IX Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina – UFSC Trindade - Florianópolis - Santa Catarina – Brasile.


C. Cecchetto (2004), “QR in the Theory of Phases“ in G. Garding & M. Tsujimura (eds.) Proceedings of the 22nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Cascadilla Press, 123-136, Somerville. MA.


C. Cecchetto, (2001) “Proper Binding Condition Effects are Phase Impenetrability Condition Effects” in K. Minjoo & U. Strauss (eds.), Proceedings of North Eastern Linguistic Society 31, GLSA, 99-115, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


C. Cecchetto, (2000) “Proper Binding Condition effects reduced to Phase Impenetrability Condition Effects” in M. Saito (ed.), Proceedings of the II Asian Glow Conference, 37-54, Nagoya University, Japan.


C. Cecchetto, (2000) “Connectivity and Anti-Connectivity in Pseudoclefts ” in M. Hirotani, A. Coetzee, N. Hall & J-Y. Kim  (eds.), Proceedings of Proceedings of North Eastern Linguistic Society 30, GLSA, 137-151, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


C. Cecchetto & G. Chierchia, (1999) "Reconstruction in Dislocation Constructions and the Syntax/Semantics Interface" in Proceedings of the XVII West Coast Conference in Formal Linguistics, S. Blake, E. Kim & K. Shahin (eds.), 132-146. CSLI publications, Stanford University.





Review articles


C. Cecchetto, review of  D. Adger, A syntax of substance, MIT Press, Cambridge: MA. Published in Language, 91:2, 2015.


C. Cecchetto, review of  É. Kiss (ed.) Universal Grammar in the reconstruction of ancient languages  Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin. Published in Journal of Linguistics 43: 240-244, 2007.


C. Cecchetto, review of  G. Mensching Infinitive Constructions with Specified Subjects Oxford University Press, Oxford. Published in Journal of Linguistics 38-2: 447-448, 2002


C. Cecchetto, review of  A. Schwegler, B. Tranel & M. Uribe-Etxebarria (eds.) Romance Linguistics: Theorethical Perspectives John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia. Published in Estudis Romànics, XXIV: 221-223, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, 2002


C. Cecchetto, review of  N. Hornstein Logical Form. Published in Lingua e Stile, 1997


C. Cecchetto, review of  Lezioni Italiane, Teorie della Mente (lectures by A. Damasio, D. C. Dennett and  N. Chomsky). Published in Informazione Filosofica, 1997


C. Cecchetto, review of M. Santambrogio (ed.)  Introduzione alla Filosofia Analitica del Linguaggio. Published in Lingua e Stile, 1992.




Translations/editing of the Italian editions of English books


Editor of: M. Baker, Gli atomi del linguaggio Hoepli, Milano, 2003.

Translator of  N. Chomsky, Linguaggio e Natura, Edizioni Universitarie di Siena, 2001.

Translator of  L. Haegeman, L. Haegeman Manuale di Grammatica Generativa, Hoepli, Milano, 1996.


Other publications


C. Cecchetto (2019) “The Root where it should not be. On internal argument drop sentences in Italian”. In Metin Bağrıaçık, Anne Breitbarth and Karen De Clercq (eds.) Mapping Linguistic Data. Essays in honour of Liliane Haegeman.


C. Cecchetto, C. Donati (2012),  “Perché” Rizzi is right”. In Valentina Bianchi & Cristiano Chesi (eds.) ENJOY LINGUISTICS! Papers offered to Luigi Rizzi on the occasion of his 60th birthday, CISCL Press, ISBN: 9788890794308.


C. Cecchetto, (2007) “Some preliminary remarks on a ‘weak’ theory of linearization”,  Annali Online di Ferrara Lettere, Vol. 1, 1-13,


C. Cecchetto, (1999) "Optionality and Directionality. A View from Leftward and Rightward Scrambling in Japanese" in Grant-in-Aid for COE Research Report No. 08CE1001, Kanda University of International Study.