Annalisa Baicchi

Annalisa Baicchi graduated 'summa cum laude' and 'dignità di stampa' (with 'honors' and 'publication recommended') in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Pisa. In the same year she was nominated life member of the Taylorian Institution (University of Oxford) where her research dissertation was awarded as a valuable adjunct to the Moore studies. She obtained four post-master degrees in Text Linguistics, English Language Teaching, Translation Studies, and Academic Writing. She won a Ph.D. scholarship in Linguistics of Modern Languages at the University of Pisa to research English Cognitive Semantics and she was awarded the Ph.D. title defending a dissertation on "Fictivity and Metaphoricity in the combinatorial semantics of cognition nouns and motion verbs". She won a post-doctoral scholarship in Applied Linguistics to research on "Corpus Linguistics for text and discourse purposes and development of hypermedia teaching software". She is currently Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the Department of Humanities of the University of Pavia (Italy).

She has been Visiting Scholar at the St.Edmund Hall of the University of Oxford (UK), Visiting Scholar at the St.Catherine's College of the University of Oxford (UK), Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (USA), Visiting Professor at the University of La Rioja (Spain), Visiting Faculty Professor at New York Eugene Nida School of Translation Studies (USA), and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton (UK). She serves as peer referee for VQR (MIUR), and for national (PRIN, MIUR) and international projects (FWO, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Bruxelles).

Her main research interests are in Functional-Cognitive Linguistics and include Semantics, Pragmatics, Acquisitional Construction Grammar, Computational Lexicography, Affective Morphology, Contrastive Linguistics, and Translation Studies. She has published close to seventy papers and book chapters in national and international journals and collections. She has authored volumes on Pragmatics, English Language Teaching, and Construction Grammar. She has edited and co-edited volumes on Translation Studies and Cognitive Linguistics. She has delivered papers and lectures in many national and international conferences and has been invited as a keynote speaker in a number of international conferences, doctoral programmes and summer schools.

She has participated in the scientific and organizing committees of international conferences such as ICLC (International Cognitive Linguistics Conference), SLE (Societas Linguistica Europaea), IPrA (International Pragmatics Association Conference). She serves on the scientific and editorial boards of Explorations in English Language and Linguistics, Materiali Linguistici, and serves as peer referee for a number of journals such as Atlantis, ESP, Language Science, Review of Cognitive Linguistics, Revue Romane, among others. She is Associate Editor of MetBib (John Benjamins).

“High-level situational cognitive models: Or how to do things with words”

Philosophers of language and linguists have addressed the phenomenon of illocutionary meaning from a wide array of perspectives and have put forward two main assumptions on the interpretation of the illocutionary force: the Codification Hypothesis gives prize of pride to grammatical aspects, whereas the Inferential Hypothesis ascribes it to mental mechanisms. This talk presents an alternative theoretical framework, the Cost-Benefit Cognitive Model, which is circumscribed within Cognitive Linguistics and the cognitively-oriented strand of Construction Grammar, and, with the focus placed upon the traditional categories of interpersonal speech acts, examines the interplay between linguistic structures and cognitive processes involved in the construal of illocutionary meaning. Speech acts are thus conceived of as high-level situational cognitive models that encompass the scenario in which the illocution is uttered, the common elements of the low-level structures and the constructional procedures for the instantiation of illocutionary meaning. Illocutionary constructions are entrenched, productive and replicable form-function pairings characterized as constructional procedures capable of jointly activating relevant parts of illocutionary scenarios in connection to relevant elements from the context of situation.