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/

Dr. 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 using a recently awarded research grant to analyze 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. Dr. Iannacito-Provenzano's current research interests include: 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, Dr. 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. Dr. Iannacito-Provenzano has published articles on this topic and continues to be active herself on social media! She and her colleague are currently co-organizing a conference on Social Media and Crime (May 2016).

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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

Community Contributions

May 2015 High School Transition to University Workshop for YRDSB at Bill Crothers S.S. Dec 2014 Toronto Star interview on Social Learning and the use of social networking tools 2013-2014 Various media interviews with Italian language newspapers and magazines in Toronto June 2012 Editorial Director for the Commemorative Album celebrating 60th anniversary of the CIBPA. I was in charge of all the archival work at York’s Scott Library, all copy (bilingual) and all layout. June 2012 Successfully garnered more than $50,000 for students in Italian Studies from CIBPA and Ladies Auxiliary of CIBPA. Mar 2012 Two media interviews with Corriere Canadese: Musco lecture & FCI Masquerade Ball Mar 2012 Invited lecture: CIBPA Women’s Auxiliary Dinner Meeting: speaking on Community and Associational Life in Toronto Nov 2011-Nov 2013 Director, CIBPA (Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association) Mar 2011 Keynote Address CIBPA Awards Gala July 2010 2 Television interviews with OMNI TV: Pomeriggio italiano 1. for Italian Studies at York University 2. for my field of research Italian dialectology Mar 14, 15 2009 Ital-Theatre @ York under my direction, Non mi sposo per procura, a comedy by Sicilian playwright Lina Riccobene (all rehearsals done; cancelled due to personal circumstances related to 2 actors in the cast) July 3 & 6, 2008 “Social Network Facebook all’italiana…York University study reveals Italian-Canadian youth use site to connect to roots” Tandem (Italian version “Su Facebook i giovani si riscoprono italiani” Corriere Canadese) p.7. Mar 1, 2 2008 Directed Ital-Theatre @ York Theatrical Performance of Miseria e nobilta’ at Vellore Village Community Centre, Vaughan, ON (annual play with audience of 500 people) Feb-Mar 2008 Various articles in Tandem, Corriere Canadese, Lo Specchio and appearances on ChinRadio-TV to promote Italian play Miseria e Nobiltà performed by Ital-Theatre @York Oct 2007 Prize from Region Molise for Outstanding Contributions by Molisans Abroad Oct 2007 North American Representative for the Molise Region: Vice President of the Consiglio dei giovani Molisani nel Mondo (Council of Molisan Youth Around the World) Dec 12 2006 “Premio Ambassador per la giovane Dott.ssa Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano” http://www.molisando.it/news_detail.php?pag_CONT__dina_3=1&news_ID=416 Dec 3 2006 “York Professor striving to save Molise dialect” in Tandem/Corriere p.7. (also available online) Dec 1 2006 “Un libro per non dimenticare il molisano: Il volume di Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano sul dialetto della regione italiana” in Corriere canadese p. 3. (also available online) (Also reproduced on: http://www.molisenews.net/2006/12/01/un-libro-per-non-dimenticare-il-molisano/) Nov 17 2006 “Passaporto d’oro: premi per i molisani nel mondo” http://www.altromolise.it/notizia.php?argomento=molisanimondo&articolo=21171 Nov 3 2006 “Passaporto d’oro agli ambasciatori del genio molisano nel mondo” in Lo Specchio p.4. July 2006 Involvement in AMICI Museum and Interpretive Centre Project in Vaughan (Italian Canadian Museum) Dec 2005 Radio Interview (Radio Canada): Christmas Traditions around the World: Italy Sudbury, ON April 2005 Newsitalia Press (Piedmont, Italy): Interview and article on my research for the AAIS Convention 2005 at UNC-Chapel Hill

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 2015 (submitted for publication) 220 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 2015 (submitted for publication) 220 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 2015 (submitted for publication) 220 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

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)

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/IT2100 3.0  Introduction to Italian Linguistics SEMR  
Fall 2017 AP/IT4170 3.0  The Language of Food in Italy SEMR  


Dr. 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 using a recently awarded research grant to analyze 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. Dr. Iannacito-Provenzano's current research interests include: 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, Dr. 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. Dr. Iannacito-Provenzano has published articles on this topic and continues to be active herself on social media! She and her colleague are currently co-organizing a conference on Social Media and Crime (May 2016).

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

Community Contributions

May 2015 High School Transition to University Workshop for YRDSB at Bill Crothers S.S. Dec 2014 Toronto Star interview on Social Learning and the use of social networking tools 2013-2014 Various media interviews with Italian language newspapers and magazines in Toronto June 2012 Editorial Director for the Commemorative Album celebrating 60th anniversary of the CIBPA. I was in charge of all the archival work at York’s Scott Library, all copy (bilingual) and all layout. June 2012 Successfully garnered more than $50,000 for students in Italian Studies from CIBPA and Ladies Auxiliary of CIBPA. Mar 2012 Two media interviews with Corriere Canadese: Musco lecture & FCI Masquerade Ball Mar 2012 Invited lecture: CIBPA Women’s Auxiliary Dinner Meeting: speaking on Community and Associational Life in Toronto Nov 2011-Nov 2013 Director, CIBPA (Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association) Mar 2011 Keynote Address CIBPA Awards Gala July 2010 2 Television interviews with OMNI TV: Pomeriggio italiano 1. for Italian Studies at York University 2. for my field of research Italian dialectology Mar 14, 15 2009 Ital-Theatre @ York under my direction, Non mi sposo per procura, a comedy by Sicilian playwright Lina Riccobene (all rehearsals done; cancelled due to personal circumstances related to 2 actors in the cast) July 3 & 6, 2008 “Social Network Facebook all’italiana…York University study reveals Italian-Canadian youth use site to connect to roots” Tandem (Italian version “Su Facebook i giovani si riscoprono italiani” Corriere Canadese) p.7. Mar 1, 2 2008 Directed Ital-Theatre @ York Theatrical Performance of Miseria e nobilta’ at Vellore Village Community Centre, Vaughan, ON (annual play with audience of 500 people) Feb-Mar 2008 Various articles in Tandem, Corriere Canadese, Lo Specchio and appearances on ChinRadio-TV to promote Italian play Miseria e Nobiltà performed by Ital-Theatre @York Oct 2007 Prize from Region Molise for Outstanding Contributions by Molisans Abroad Oct 2007 North American Representative for the Molise Region: Vice President of the Consiglio dei giovani Molisani nel Mondo (Council of Molisan Youth Around the World) Dec 12 2006 “Premio Ambassador per la giovane Dott.ssa Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano” http://www.molisando.it/news_detail.php?pag_CONT__dina_3=1&news_ID=416 Dec 3 2006 “York Professor striving to save Molise dialect” in Tandem/Corriere p.7. (also available online) Dec 1 2006 “Un libro per non dimenticare il molisano: Il volume di Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano sul dialetto della regione italiana” in Corriere canadese p. 3. (also available online) (Also reproduced on: http://www.molisenews.net/2006/12/01/un-libro-per-non-dimenticare-il-molisano/) Nov 17 2006 “Passaporto d’oro: premi per i molisani nel mondo” http://www.altromolise.it/notizia.php?argomento=molisanimondo&articolo=21171 Nov 3 2006 “Passaporto d’oro agli ambasciatori del genio molisano nel mondo” in Lo Specchio p.4. July 2006 Involvement in AMICI Museum and Interpretive Centre Project in Vaughan (Italian Canadian Museum) Dec 2005 Radio Interview (Radio Canada): Christmas Traditions around the World: Italy Sudbury, ON April 2005 Newsitalia Press (Piedmont, Italy): Interview and article on my research for the AAIS Convention 2005 at UNC-Chapel Hill

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 2015 (submitted for publication) 220 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

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)


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/IT2100 3.0  Introduction to Italian Linguistics SEMR  
Fall 2017 AP/IT4170 3.0  The Language of Food in Italy SEMR