Luca Ciucci

    Luca Ciucci

    Post-doctoral Researcher

    Cairns

    Biographical note

    Luca Ciucci studied linguistics as Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, in Italy. Moved by a passion for learning new languages, in September 2007 he began his research on the Zamucoan languages (Ayoreo, Chamacoco and Old Zamuco) with a special focus on morphology and the genetic relationships between these languages spoken in southern Bolivia and northern Paraguay. In 2009 he discovered the earliest grammar of Ecuadorian Quechua. His doctoral dissertation, defended in April 2013, concerned the study of the morphology in Zamucoan and his recent book Inflectional morphology in the Zamucoan languages (published by CEADUC) is considered the most detailed morphological description of a South American language family. He is now working on a descriptive grammar of Chamacoco (Ebitoso), an endangered and undescribed language spoken in Paraguay by approximately 1,800 speakers. He aims at preserving a part of our cultural heritage through language documentation. He is also working on the reconstruction of Proto-Zamuco and on an up-dated grammar of Old Zamuco, now extinct, based on the data collected by the Jesuit missioner Ignace Chomé in the 18th century.

    In May 2017 he began the documentation of Chiquitano (aka Bésɨro), with a particular focus on language contact between Chiquitano and the surrounding languages, and the evolution of Chiquitano through the comparison between different Chiquitano varieties spoken nowadays and the historical documents available on this language.

    Research interests/expertise

    • Morphology
    • Language description
    • Language typology
    • Data analysis (R, Python)
    • Historical linguistics

    Awards/research grants

    2015-2016 Young Researcher Grant from Scuola Normale Superiore for the project, Critical edition and linguistic comment of Chomé’s Vocabulario de la lengua zamuca (Principal Investigator)

    2014-2015 Young Researcher Grant from Scuola Normale Superiore for the project, Language contact in the Chaco linguistic area: morphological borrowing in and from the Zamucoan family (Principal Investigator)

    2014 Prize for the best presentation by young scholars (category Post-docs) at Chronos, 11th International Conference on Actionality, Tense, Aspect, Modality/Evidentiality. Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. June 16-18, 2014

    2013-2014 Young Researcher Grant from Scuola Normale Superiore for the project, Lexicographical and Morphological Studies on Ancient Zamuco and its Dialects (Principal Investigator)

    October 2008  Winner of a PhD position with full-time scholarship at Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa)

    September 2005 Winner of a full-time scholarship at Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), Litterary Studies (Classe di Lettere)

    September 2005 Winner of a full-time scholarship at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), Economic Sciences.

    Publications

    Books

    Calamai, S., Celata, C., & Ciucci, L. (Eds.). (2011). Proceedings of Sociophonetics, at the crossroads of speech variation, processing and communication, Pisa, December 14-15, 2010. Pisa: Edizioni della Normale.

    Ciucci, L. (2016). Inflectional morphology in the Zamucoan languages. Asunción: CEADUC. 

    Ciucci, L. (in press). Ignace chomé: Vocabulario de la lengua Zamuca. Edición crítica y comentario lingüístico. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana Verfuert Verlag.

    Book chapters

    Bertinetto, P. M., Ciucci, L., & Pia, G. E. (2010). Inquadramento storico, etnografico e linguistico degli Ayoreo del Chaco. In R. Ajello, P. Berrettoni, F. Fanciullo, G. Marotta & F. Motta (Eds.), Quae omnia bella devoratis. Studi in memoria di Edoardo Vineis (pp. 109-146). Pisa: Edizioni ETS.

    Ciucci, L. (2014). Introducción lingüística al Diccionario antropológico ayoreo. In G. E. Pia (Ed.), Ensayo introductivo al Diccionario antropológico ayoreo (pp. 7-14). Pisa: Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore.

    Journal articles

    Bertinetto, P. M., & Ciucci, L. (2012). Parataxis, hypotaxis and para-hypotaxis in the Zamucoan languages. Linguistic Discovery, 10(1), 89-111.

    Ciucci, L. (2007/08). Indagini sulla morfologia verbale nella lingua ayoreo. Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore 7 n.s.

    Ciucci, L. (2007/08). Sulla morfologia nominale dell’ayoreo: genere e numero. Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore 7 n.s.

    Ciucci, L. (2009). Elementi di morfologia verbale del chamacoco. Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore 8 n.s.

    Ciucci, L. (2010). La flessione possessiva del chamacoco. Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore 9,2 n.s.

    Ciucci, L. (2010). La flessione possessiva dell’ayoreo. Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore 9,2 n.s.

    Ciucci, L. (2013). Chamacoco lexicographical supplement I. Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 12 n.s.

    Ciucci, L. (2013). Lenguas Zamuco. Suplemento Antropológico, XLVIII(1), 165-176.

    Ciucci, L. (2014). Da Luni al cielo di Mercurio: Osservazioni sulla storia dell’impero nella visione politica dantesca e sul VI canto del Paradiso. Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 13 n.s.

    Ciucci, L. (2014). Tracce di contatto tra la famiglia zamuco (ayoreo, chamacoco) e altre lingue del Chaco: Prime prospezioni. Quaderni del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 13 n.s.

    Ciucci, L., & Bertinetto, P. M. (2015). A diachronic view of the Zamucoan verb inflection. Folia Linguistica Historica, 36(1), 19-87.

    Ciucci, L., & Bertinetto, P.M. (2017). Possessive inflection in Proto-Zamucoan: A reconstruction. Diachronica, 34(3), 283-330. doi:10.1075/dia.34.3.01ciu

    Ciucci, L., & Muysken, P. C. (2011). Hernando de Alcocer y la Breve declaración del Arte y Bocabulario de la lengua del Ynga conforme al estilo y vso de la provincia de Quito. El más antiguo manuscrito de quichua del Ecuador. Indiana, 28, 359-393.

    Presentations

    Bertinetto, P. M., & Ciucci, L. (2010, September). Parataxis, hypotaxis and para-hypotaxis in Zamucoan languages. Paper presented at the Workshop “Variations in clause combining: Views from the New World”. Societas Linguistica Europaea, Vilnius.

    Bertinetto, P. M., & Ciucci, L. (2011, July). Clause combining and para-hypotatic strategy in Zamucoan languages. Paper presented at the Workshop “Estrategias de subordinación en el Chaco y áreas vecinas”, Las Lomitas, Formosa, Argentina.

    Bertinetto, P. M., & Ciucci, L. (2013, June). Rarezas tipológicas de las lenguas Zamuco. Paper presented at the Italo-Americana. IV Convegno, Cortona, Palazzone della Scuola Normale Superiore.

    Bertinetto, P. M., & Ciucci, L. (2014, January). Possessive classifiers in gender-marking Ayoreo and Chamacoco. Paper presented at the Workshop “Gender and classifiers: cross-linguistic perspectives”, Guildford, University of Surrey.

    Bertinetto, P. M., & Ciucci, L. (2014, June). La compresenza di genere e classificatori nelle lingue del Chaco, con particolare riguardo all’Ayoreo. Paper presented at the Italo-Americana V. Università di Napoli ‘l’Orientale', Procida, Conservatorio delle Orfane in Terra Murata.

    Bertinetto, P. M., & Ciucci, L. (2015, May). On rare typological features of the Zamucoan languages, in the framework of the Chaco linguistic area. Paper presented at the Diversity Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospect, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.

    Bertinetto, P. M., & Ciucci, L. (2015, May). Towards the reconstruction of Proto-Zamucoan nominal suffixation. Paper presented at the International Workshop: Diachronic Morphosyntax in South American languages, Institut des Sciences de l’Homme, Lyon.

    Ciucci, L. (2009, July). Chamacoco verb inflection. Paper presented at the Workshop on the Amazonian Fringe, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

    Ciucci, L. (2009, June). La flessione verbale del Chamacoco. Paper presented at the Italo-Americana. Linguisti italiani e lingue native del Sud America, Giornata di Studi, Pisa.

    Ciucci, L. (2010, April). Chamacoco a mood-prominent language. Paper presented at the Workshop: Mood and modality in the Indigenous languages of the Americas, Universiteit Leiden.

    Ciucci, L. (2010, April). The structure of possessive inflection in Ayoreo and Chamacoco: An overview. Paper presented at the Language in Contact Lecture, Radboud University. Nijmegen.

    Ciucci, L. (2010, June). Cent’anni dopo Boggiani: Verso una grammatica del Ciamacoco. Paper presented at the Seconda giornata Italiana di studi su lingue Amerindiane, Università ‘L’Orientale', Napoli.

    Ciucci, L. (2010, June). Morphological evidence for Zamucoan: The case of possessable nouns. Paper presented at the Typology Research Colloquium, Institut für Linguistik, Universität Leipzig.

    Ciucci, L. (2010, May). Il possessivo nelle lingue Zamuco. Paper presented at the Seminari del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

    Ciucci, L. (2011, August). Perspectivas lingüísticas sobre el Ayoreo y el Chamacoco. Paper presented at the Asociación Indigenista del Paraguay, Asunción.

    Ciucci, L. (2011, January). La morfologia flessiva tra ayoreo e chamacoco: Verso una comparazione morfologica della famiglia zamuco. Paper presented at the Seminari del Laboratorio di Linguistica della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

    Ciucci, L. (2011, July). Perfil sociolingüístico y gramatical del Chamacoco. Paper presented at the Universidad Nacional de Formosa, Argentina.

    Ciucci, L. (2011, May). Morphosyntax of nominal suffixation in Chamacoco. Paper presented at the Typology Research Colloquium, Institut für Linguistik, Universität Leipzig.

    Ciucci, L. (2012, February). The Zamucoan languages. Freie Universität Berlin, Lateinamerika Institute, Berlin.

    Ciucci, L. (2012, May). Mood and modality in the Zamucoan languages (Bolivia and Paraguay). Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.

    Ciucci, L. (2012, October). An introduction to the Zamucoan family with focus on mood and modality. Paper presented at the Doktorierendenkolloquium Linguistik, Philosophische Fakultät. Universität Zürich.

    Ciucci, L. (2014, August). Los idiomas Zamuco: Cómo el verbo nos permite reconstruir la historia del ayoreo y del Chamacoco. Paper presented at the Proyecto de Laboratorio de Documentación, Estudio de la Lengua y Cultura Indígena (DELCI), Asunción, Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de Asunción.

    Ciucci, L. (2014, June). Esplorando un’area linguistica: Tracce di contatto tra la famiglia Zamuco (Ayoreo, Chamacoco) e le altre lingue del Chaco. Paper presented at the Italo-Americana V. Università di Napoli ‘l’Orientale', Procida, Conservatorio delle Orfane in Terra Murata.

    Ciucci, L. (2014, June). Realis and irrealis in the Zamucoan languages. Paper presented at the Chronos, 11th International Conference on Actionality, Tense, Aspect, Modality/Evidentiality, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.

    Ciucci, L. (2014, June). Third-person realis morphology and verb classes in the Zamucoan languages. Paper presented at the 16th International Morphology Meeting (IMM 16), Budapest, Research Institute for Linguistics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).

    Ciucci, L. (2014, May). Classi verbali e modalità nelle lingue Zamuco (Ayoreo, Chamacoco). Circolo Linguistico Fiorentino, Firenze.

    Ciucci, L. (2015, September). Verb inflection, possessive inflection and morphological borrowing in Proto-Zamucoan. Paper presented at the Workshop: Morfologia nelle lingue native americane held at XLIX Congresso Internazionale SLI, University of Malta, Valletta.

    Ciucci, L. (2016). Inflectional morphology in the Zamucoan languages (Vol. 103). Asunción: CEADUC. Biblioteca Paraguaya de Antropología.

    Ciucci, L. (2016, August). A culture of secrecy: The hidden narratives of the Ayoreo. Paper presented at the International workshop Creativity in language: secret code and special styles, James Cook University, Cairns.

    Ciucci, L. (2016, November). On para-hypotactical structures in Zamucoan (Ayoreo, Chamacoco). Paper presented at Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns.

    Ciucci, L. (2016, August). Possession in Chamacoco. Paper presented at the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.

    Ciucci, L. (2016, January). Towards a critical edition of Chomé’s Vocabulario de la lengua Zamuca. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.

    Ciucci, L. (2016, November). On para-hypotactical structures in Zamucoan (Ayoreo, Chamacoco). Paper presented at the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.

    Ciucci, L. (2017, July). Inflectional morphology in the Zamucoan languages: Alcances y perspectivas para la lingüística del Paraguay. Invited book presentation at II Seminario Taller “Investigación lingüística en el Paraguay”. Secretaría de Politicas Lingüísticas del Paraguay / Centro de Estudios Antropológicos de la Universidad Católica, Asunción (Paraguay).

    Ciucci, L. (2017, March). Morphosyntax of Chamacoco nominal suffixation. Paper presented at Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns.

    Ciucci, L. (2017, June-July). Sobre la familia lingüística zamuco y otras lenguas minoritarias. Paper presented at Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

    Ciucci, L. (2017, July). Sobre los préstamos morfológicos entre el Proto-Zamuco y otros idiomas del Chaco. Paper presented at II Seminario Taller “Investigación lingüística en el Paraguay. Secretaría de Politicas Lingüísticas del Paraguay / Centro de Estudios Antropológicos de la Universidad Católica, Asunción (Paraguay).

    Ciucci, L., & Bertinetto, P. M. (2015, July). Reconstructing the possessive inflection of Proto-Zamucoan. Paper presented at the 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Università Federico II, Napoli.

    Ciucci, L., & Bertinetto, P. M. (2016, April). On the threefold shape of Zamucoan nominals. Paper presented at the 21st Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 2016), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal.

    Ciucci, L., & Bertinetto, P. M. (2017, August). Possessive classifiers in Zamucoan. Paper presented at the International Workshop: Classifiers and genders in Amazonia and beyond. James Cook University, Cairns.

    Ciucci, L., & Muysken, P. C. (2011, May). The earliest known Ecuadorian Quechua grammar: A new perspective on the language? Paper presented at the Workshop “Americanists in the Netherlands” (AIN) and the IVth meeting of the ACLC Research group “Revitalising older linguistic documentation” (ROLD), Amsterdam.

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