Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Associate Professor
Associate Professor and Chair, DLLL

Office: Ross Building, S559
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 88717
Emailroberta@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/laps/dlll/italian/

Professor Iannacito-Provenzano's specialization includes historical linguistics, dialectology, morpho-phonological and syntactic processes, sound change and Romance linguistics. Dr. Iannacito-Provenzano has published articles on the history of the Molise region and a monograph (Il dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele, Isernia: Fonologia, morfologia, sintassi e lessico (Ottawa: Legas, 2006) on the Molisan dialects. She is currently working on the use of auxiliary verbs in the Central-Southern dialects of Italy. Her passion for the Molise region led her to translate some of the works of Molisan playwright Antonio Angelone. She is currently analysing the language in twenty of Angelone's plays. For her work on molisano, she was awarded a Passaporto d'oro by the Region of Molise and was also the Vice-President of the Consiglio Giovani Molisani nel Mondo. Professor Iannacito-Provenzano's research interests also revolve around Italian gastronomy and language. To this end, she has given several papers at international conferences on food and social media, authenticity and Italian food, branding and language with regard to Italian food products especially in the diasporic context. Professor Iannacito-Provenzano is also interested in ethnicity and identity among youth in Canada in computer mediated contexts and more specifically on social networking sites such as Facebook; language on social media sites. Along with her colleague, Professor Emerita Jana Vizmuller-Zocco, she organized a major conference entitled "Social Media: Implications for the University" at York University (May 3-5, 2013). For this project she and her colleague were awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant along with other funding from York University. A follow up conference on Social Media: Politics, Religion and Gender was held in May 2014.

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Area of Specialization

Italian Linguistics

Degrees

Ph.D., Italian Studies, University of Toronto (2000)
M.A., Italian Studies, University of Toronto (1995)
Honours B.A., Italian and French, York University (1994)

Professional Leadership

January 1, 2016- present: Chair, DLLL August 1, 2015-January 31, 2016: Acting Chair of French Studies July 2013-June 30, 2016: Director of Undergraduate Programs, DLLL July 2011-Dec 2012: Academic Advisor, Founders College July 2010-Dec 2012 & July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016: Program Coordinator, DLLL-Italian Studies

Research Interests

Italian , Linguistics , Dialectology , Social Media, Literature in dialect

Selected Publications

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta and Jana Vizmuller-Zocco (eds.) Social Media: Implications for the University Aracne Editrice (Rome) 2016 180 pages

Il dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele (IS): Fonologia, morfologia, sintassi e lessico. Ottawa: Legas, 2006. (270 pages) (Translation: The Molisan Dialect of Villa San Michele (IS) : Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Lexicon)

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta and Jana Vizmuller Zocco. “Let’s have a coffee insieme piuuuu’ tardi: Code Alternation on Facebook Profile Posts” in Italian Outside of Italy: The Situation in Canada, USA and the English-Speaking World. Ed. Salvatore Bancheri, Giovanni Scarola, and Pamela Arancibia. Toronto: Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Studies, 2012. 1-15

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta. “L’etnografia nelle commedie dialettali di Antonio Angelone.” in De vulgari eloquentia: lingua e dialetti nella cultura italiana. Ed. Rachele Longo-Lavorato. Ottawa: Legas, 2009. 89-102.

Iannacito, Roberta. “Cenni sulla frase ipotetica in due dialetti dell’Alto Molise.” Forum Italicum 39:2 (2005) 498-519.

Iannacito, Roberta. “L’assimilazione progressiva nel dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele (IS).” Italica 79:4 (2002): 509-524

Selected Publications

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta and Jana Vizmuller-Zocco (eds.) Social Media: Implications for the University Aracne Editrice (Rome) 2016 180 pages

Il dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele (IS): Fonologia, morfologia, sintassi e lessico. Ottawa: Legas, 2006. (270 pages) (Translation: The Molisan Dialect of Villa San Michele (IS) : Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Lexicon)

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta and Jana Vizmuller Zocco. “Let’s have a coffee insieme piuuuu’ tardi: Code Alternation on Facebook Profile Posts” in Italian Outside of Italy: The Situation in Canada, USA and the English-Speaking World. Ed. Salvatore Bancheri, Giovanni Scarola, and Pamela Arancibia. Toronto: Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Studies, 2012. 1-15

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta. “L’etnografia nelle commedie dialettali di Antonio Angelone.” in De vulgari eloquentia: lingua e dialetti nella cultura italiana. Ed. Rachele Longo-Lavorato. Ottawa: Legas, 2009. 89-102.

Iannacito, Roberta. “Cenni sulla frase ipotetica in due dialetti dell’Alto Molise.” Forum Italicum 39:2 (2005) 498-519.

Iannacito, Roberta. “L’assimilazione progressiva nel dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele (IS).” Italica 79:4 (2002): 509-524

All Publications

Books

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta and Jana Vizmuller-Zocco (eds.) Social Media: Implications for the University Aracne Editrice (Rome) 2016 180 pages

Monographs

Il dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele (IS): Fonologia, morfologia, sintassi e lessico. Ottawa: Legas, 2006. (270 pages) (Translation: The Molisan Dialect of Villa San Michele (IS) : Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Lexicon)

Journal Articles

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta. “Daughters and Fathers in Italian Canadian Literature.” Italian Canadiana 21 (2007) 67-78.

Iannacito, Roberta. “Cenni sulla frase ipotetica in due dialetti dell’Alto Molise.” Forum Italicum 39:2 (2005) 498-519.

Iannacito, Roberta. “L’assimilazione progressiva nel dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele (IS).” Italica 79:4 (2002): 509-524

Conference Proceedings

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta and Jana Vizmuller Zocco. “Let’s have a coffee insieme piuuuu’ tardi: Code Alternation on Facebook Profile Posts” in Italian Outside of Italy: The Situation in Canada, USA and the English-Speaking World. Ed. Salvatore Bancheri, Giovanni Scarola, and Pamela Arancibia. Toronto: Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Studies, 2012. 1-15

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta. “Italian-Canadian Ethnicity on Facebook.” in Lingue in contatto e plurilinguismo nella cultura italiana. Ed. Mirella Pasquarelli Clivio. Ottawa: Legas, 2011. 95-108. Co-authored with Jana Vizmuller-Zocco.

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta. “L’etnografia nelle commedie dialettali di Antonio Angelone.” in De vulgari eloquentia: lingua e dialetti nella cultura italiana. Ed. Rachele Longo-Lavorato. Ottawa: Legas, 2009. 89-102.

Conference Papers

Oct 26-27, 2017 Is It Really Italian Food? Exploring Attitudes towards Authenticity in the Greater Toronto Area. Food Studies Conference, Rome Italy

Oct 19-22, 2017 “Italian food, language and social media” Italian Foodways Worldwide: A Conference on the Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s), York University

Nov 11-13, 2016 'Real Italian': An exploration of the attitudes towards authenticity and the Italian sounding phenomenon in the Greater Toronto area”. PAMLA Conference, Pasadena, California

May 13-15, 2016 “Some thoughts on the language of Italian food products in N.America” Canadian Society for Italian Studies Annual Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto

Mar 11-3, 2016 “Cheesy” Words in Italy and North America, International Linguistic Association Conference, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY

July 2-5, 2015 “The Language(s) of Antonio Angelone’s Theatre” Bridges Across Cultures Conference, Florence, Italy

April 30-May 3, 2015 “Reflections on the Language(s) of Molisan Playwright Antonio Angelone” NEMLA Conference, Toronto

October 10, 2014 “Disperazione, rabbia e rassegnazione in alcune commedie dialettali di Antonio Angelone” Short Fuse Conference, University of Pittsburgh

August 8, 2012 “Grammar Matters: Language on Facebook” Paper presented at the Linguistic Association of Canada and the USA Conference, York University (with Jana Vizmuller-Zocco)

April 7-9, 2011 “Lingua e dialetto nelle opere dialettali di Antonio Angelone” Paper presented at the American Association of Italian Studies Conference, University of Pittsburgh

Oct 20-21, 2010 “Let’s have a coffee insieme piuuuuu’ tardi: Code-switching on Facebook” Paper presented at the Italian outside of Italy Conference 2010, University of Toronto

April 22-25, 2010 “Auxiliary selection in the molisan dialects” Paper presented at the American Association of Italian Studies Conference 2010, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

April 15-17, 2010 “Some preliminary notions for auxiliary selection in the Molisan dialects” Paper presented at the 55th Conference of the International Linguistic Association 2010, SUNY, New Paltz, NY, USA

May 22-23, 2009 “La selezione del verbo ausiliare in molisano” (Auxiliary Selection in Molisano) Paper presented at the Social Sciences and Humanities Congress 2009, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON Canada

October 23-25, 2008 “Representations of Vaughan on Facebook Groups” Paper presented at Project Vaughan 2: Connecting Communities (co-author Jana Vizmuller-Zocco), York University

Creative Works

Angelone, Antonio. Da re semiènd alla trésca. Trans. Roberta Iannacito. L’Aquila: Abruzzo Servizi, 2004. (72 pages)

Conferences

Italian Foodways Worldwide: A Conference on the Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s) (co-organization with G. Scardellato and UTSC colleagues); to be held at York University

May 8-9, 2014 Co-organizer Major Conference: Social Media: Implications for Politics, Religion and Gender, 2nd Annual International Conference, York University (with Jana Vizmuller-Zocco)

May 3-5, 2013 Co-organizer Major Conference: Social Media: Implications for the University, 1st Annual International Conference, York University (with Jana Vizmuller-Zocco)


Professor Iannacito-Provenzano's specialization includes historical linguistics, dialectology, morpho-phonological and syntactic processes, sound change and Romance linguistics. Dr. Iannacito-Provenzano has published articles on the history of the Molise region and a monograph (Il dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele, Isernia: Fonologia, morfologia, sintassi e lessico (Ottawa: Legas, 2006) on the Molisan dialects. She is currently working on the use of auxiliary verbs in the Central-Southern dialects of Italy. Her passion for the Molise region led her to translate some of the works of Molisan playwright Antonio Angelone. She is currently analysing the language in twenty of Angelone's plays. For her work on molisano, she was awarded a Passaporto d'oro by the Region of Molise and was also the Vice-President of the Consiglio Giovani Molisani nel Mondo. Professor Iannacito-Provenzano's research interests also revolve around Italian gastronomy and language. To this end, she has given several papers at international conferences on food and social media, authenticity and Italian food, branding and language with regard to Italian food products especially in the diasporic context. Professor Iannacito-Provenzano is also interested in ethnicity and identity among youth in Canada in computer mediated contexts and more specifically on social networking sites such as Facebook; language on social media sites. Along with her colleague, Professor Emerita Jana Vizmuller-Zocco, she organized a major conference entitled "Social Media: Implications for the University" at York University (May 3-5, 2013). For this project she and her colleague were awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant along with other funding from York University. A follow up conference on Social Media: Politics, Religion and Gender was held in May 2014.

Area of Specialization

Italian Linguistics

Degrees

Ph.D., Italian Studies, University of Toronto (2000)
M.A., Italian Studies, University of Toronto (1995)
Honours B.A., Italian and French, York University (1994)

Professional Leadership

January 1, 2016- present: Chair, DLLL August 1, 2015-January 31, 2016: Acting Chair of French Studies July 2013-June 30, 2016: Director of Undergraduate Programs, DLLL July 2011-Dec 2012: Academic Advisor, Founders College July 2010-Dec 2012 & July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016: Program Coordinator, DLLL-Italian Studies

Research Interests:

Italian , Linguistics , Dialectology , Social Media, Literature in dialect

All Publications

Books

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta and Jana Vizmuller-Zocco (eds.) Social Media: Implications for the University Aracne Editrice (Rome) 2016 180 pages

Monographs

Il dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele (IS): Fonologia, morfologia, sintassi e lessico. Ottawa: Legas, 2006. (270 pages) (Translation: The Molisan Dialect of Villa San Michele (IS) : Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Lexicon)

Journal Articles

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta. “Daughters and Fathers in Italian Canadian Literature.” Italian Canadiana 21 (2007) 67-78.

Iannacito, Roberta. “Cenni sulla frase ipotetica in due dialetti dell’Alto Molise.” Forum Italicum 39:2 (2005) 498-519.

Iannacito, Roberta. “L’assimilazione progressiva nel dialetto molisano di Villa San Michele (IS).” Italica 79:4 (2002): 509-524

Conference Proceedings

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta and Jana Vizmuller Zocco. “Let’s have a coffee insieme piuuuu’ tardi: Code Alternation on Facebook Profile Posts” in Italian Outside of Italy: The Situation in Canada, USA and the English-Speaking World. Ed. Salvatore Bancheri, Giovanni Scarola, and Pamela Arancibia. Toronto: Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Studies, 2012. 1-15

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta. “Italian-Canadian Ethnicity on Facebook.” in Lingue in contatto e plurilinguismo nella cultura italiana. Ed. Mirella Pasquarelli Clivio. Ottawa: Legas, 2011. 95-108. Co-authored with Jana Vizmuller-Zocco.

Iannacito-Provenzano, Roberta. “L’etnografia nelle commedie dialettali di Antonio Angelone.” in De vulgari eloquentia: lingua e dialetti nella cultura italiana. Ed. Rachele Longo-Lavorato. Ottawa: Legas, 2009. 89-102.

Conference Papers

Oct 26-27, 2017 Is It Really Italian Food? Exploring Attitudes towards Authenticity in the Greater Toronto Area. Food Studies Conference, Rome Italy

Oct 19-22, 2017 “Italian food, language and social media” Italian Foodways Worldwide: A Conference on the Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s), York University

Nov 11-13, 2016 'Real Italian': An exploration of the attitudes towards authenticity and the Italian sounding phenomenon in the Greater Toronto area”. PAMLA Conference, Pasadena, California

May 13-15, 2016 “Some thoughts on the language of Italian food products in N.America” Canadian Society for Italian Studies Annual Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto

Mar 11-3, 2016 “Cheesy” Words in Italy and North America, International Linguistic Association Conference, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY

July 2-5, 2015 “The Language(s) of Antonio Angelone’s Theatre” Bridges Across Cultures Conference, Florence, Italy

April 30-May 3, 2015 “Reflections on the Language(s) of Molisan Playwright Antonio Angelone” NEMLA Conference, Toronto

October 10, 2014 “Disperazione, rabbia e rassegnazione in alcune commedie dialettali di Antonio Angelone” Short Fuse Conference, University of Pittsburgh

August 8, 2012 “Grammar Matters: Language on Facebook” Paper presented at the Linguistic Association of Canada and the USA Conference, York University (with Jana Vizmuller-Zocco)

April 7-9, 2011 “Lingua e dialetto nelle opere dialettali di Antonio Angelone” Paper presented at the American Association of Italian Studies Conference, University of Pittsburgh

Oct 20-21, 2010 “Let’s have a coffee insieme piuuuuu’ tardi: Code-switching on Facebook” Paper presented at the Italian outside of Italy Conference 2010, University of Toronto

April 22-25, 2010 “Auxiliary selection in the molisan dialects” Paper presented at the American Association of Italian Studies Conference 2010, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

April 15-17, 2010 “Some preliminary notions for auxiliary selection in the Molisan dialects” Paper presented at the 55th Conference of the International Linguistic Association 2010, SUNY, New Paltz, NY, USA

May 22-23, 2009 “La selezione del verbo ausiliare in molisano” (Auxiliary Selection in Molisano) Paper presented at the Social Sciences and Humanities Congress 2009, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON Canada

October 23-25, 2008 “Representations of Vaughan on Facebook Groups” Paper presented at Project Vaughan 2: Connecting Communities (co-author Jana Vizmuller-Zocco), York University

Creative Works

Angelone, Antonio. Da re semiènd alla trésca. Trans. Roberta Iannacito. L’Aquila: Abruzzo Servizi, 2004. (72 pages)

Conferences

Italian Foodways Worldwide: A Conference on the Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s) (co-organization with G. Scardellato and UTSC colleagues); to be held at York University

May 8-9, 2014 Co-organizer Major Conference: Social Media: Implications for Politics, Religion and Gender, 2nd Annual International Conference, York University (with Jana Vizmuller-Zocco)

May 3-5, 2013 Co-organizer Major Conference: Social Media: Implications for the University, 1st Annual International Conference, York University (with Jana Vizmuller-Zocco)