(reverse chronological order)

In preparation:

– (with John Hajek and Antonio Romano). Piedmontese. Journal of the International

     Phonetic Association.

– (with Nicola Duberti and Emanuele Miola). A Grammar of Piedmontese ("Grammars and

     Sketches of the World's Languages: Romance Languages"). Leiden: Brill.

A Grammar of Gawwada.

A Gawwada Dictionary.


– Italian in the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia). In: Ursula Reutner (ed.),

     Romance Languages in Africa. Berlin: de Gruyter.

– (with Ongaye Oda Orkaydo). Morphological similarity and contact: Plurals, Punctuals and

     Pluractionals in Konso and Gawwada (Cushitic, Southwest Ethiopia). In: Rainer Vossen

     and Christa König (eds.), Patterns of Linguistic Convergence in Africa. Frankfurter

     Afrikanistische Blätter. Köln: Köppe: 2019.

– The Busta dell'Ascari: war propaganda in Oromo in Latin script from 1940. Kervan 23/2


– (with Graziano Savà). Hunters and Gatherers in East Africa and the Case of Ongota

     (Southwest Ethiopia). In: Tom Güldemann, Patrick McConvell and Richard A. Rhodes

     (eds.), The Language of Hunter-Gatherers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

– When the plural is a gender: evidence from Gawwada.

– (with Marco Tamburelli; editors) Contested Languages: The Hidden Multilingualism of

     Europe ("Studies in World Language Problems"). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

– Democracy: a threat to language diversity? In: Marco Tamburelli and Mauro Tosco (eds.),

     Contested Languages: The Hidden Multilingualism of Europe ("Studies in World

     Language Problems"). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

– (with Marco Tamburelli) What are contested languages and why should linguists care? In:

     Marco Tamburelli and Mauro Tosco (eds.), Contested Languages: The Hidden

     Multilingualism of Europe ("Studies in World Language Problems"). Amsterdam: John


– (with Nicola Duberti) Teaching Piedmontese: a challenge? In: Marco Tamburelli and Mauro

     Tosco (eds.), Contested Languages: The Hidden Multilingualism of Europe ("Studies in

     World Language Problems"). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

– East Cushitic. In: Rainer Vossen and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (eds.), The Oxford Handbook

     of African Languages. London: Oxford University Press.

– Gawwada. In: Bedilu Wakjira, Ronny Meyer and Zelealem Leyew (eds.), The Oxford

     Handbook of Ethiopian Languages. London: Oxford University Press.

– General overview: Cushitic. In: Bedilu Wakjira, Ronny Meyer and Zelealem Leyew (eds.),

     The Oxford Handbook of Ethiopian Languages. London: Oxford University Press.

Authored books:

[7] –– (with Graziano Savà) An Annotated Edition of Father G. Toselli's Dizi Grammar     

          (Cushitic and Omotic Studies, 5). Köln: Rüdiger Köppe: 2016.

[6] – The Dhaasanac Language (Kuschitische Sprachstudien, 17). Köln: Rüdiger Köppe:

          2001 [xiv+598 p.].

[5] – (with Alan S. Kaye) Pidgin and Creole Languages: A Basic Introduction. München:

          Lincom Europa: 2001 [114 p.].

[4] – Af Tunni. Grammar, Texts and Vocabulary of a Southern Somali Dialect

          (Kuschitische Sprachstudien, 12). Köln: Rüdiger Köppe: 1997 [x + 304 p.].

[3] – A Grammatical Sketch of Dahalo, including texts and a glossary (Kuschitische

          Sprachstudien, 8). Hamburg: Helmut Buske: 1991 [xv + 179 p.].PDF

[2] – (with Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti) Testi neo-aramaici dell’Unione Sovietica raccolti da E.

          Cerulli. Napoli: Istituto Universitario Orientale: 1991 [159 p.; in Italian].

[1] – Schizzo grammaticale del dialetto Karre di Qoryooley (Studi Somali, 9). Roma:

          Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo,

          Comitato tecnico-linguistico per l’Università Nazionale Somala: 1989 [162 p.; in          


Edited Books and Proceedings:

[9] – (with Stefano Manfredi) Arabic in contact (Studies in Arabic Linguistics, 6). Amsterdam:

          John Benjamins: 2018.

[8] – Afroasiatic: Data and Perspectives (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 339).

          Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 2018.

[7] – (with Benjamin Saade) Advances in Maltese Linguistics (Studia Typologica, 21).     

          Berlin: de Gruyter: 2017.

[6] – (with Carole de Féral and Maarten G. Kossmann) In and Out of Africa. Languages in

          Question. In Honour of Robert Nicolaï. Volume 2. Language Contact and

          Language Change in Africa (BCILL, 132). Louvain-la-Neuve: Peeters: 2014.

[5] – (with Alessandro Mengozzi) Sounds and Words through the Ages: Afroasiatic from

          Turin. Alessandria: dell’Orso: 2013.

[4] – (with Luca Busetto, Roberto Sottile and Livia Tonelli) "He bitaney lagge". Studies on

          Language and African Linguistics in honour of Marcello Lamberti. Milano:

          Qu.A.S.A.R.: 2011.

[3] – (with Pier Giorgio Borbone and Alessandro Mengozzi) Loquentes Linguis. Studi

          linguistici e orientali in onore di Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti/ Linguistic and Oriental

          Studies in Honour of Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti/ Lingvistikaj kaj orientaj studoj honore

          al Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz: 2006 [xii + 751 p.].

[2] – (with Alessandro Bausi) Afroasiatica Neapolitana. Articoli presentati all’8° Incontro di

          Linguistica Afroasiatica (Camito-Semitica) / Papers from the 8th talian Meeting of

          Afroasiatic (Hamito-Semitic) Linguistics (Studi Africanistici / Serie Etiopica, 6).

          Napoli: Istituto Universitario Orientale / Dipartimento di Studi e Ricerche su Africa e

          Paesi Arabi: 1997 [xii + 315 p.].

[1] – (with Riccardo Contini and Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti) Serta Semitica et Philologica

          Constantino G. Tsereteli Dicata. Torino: Silvio Zamorani: 1993 [xxv + 342 p.].

Edited Journal Issues:

[3] – (with Graziella Acquaviva) Special Issue "Cultural Images of the Plant World: Symbolic

          Aspects and Interpretative Perspectives/Immagini culturali del regno vegetale: aspetti

          simbolici e prospettive interpretative." Kervan 20 (2016).

[2] – (with Stefano Manfredi) Arabic-based pidgins and creoles: descriptive,

          comparative and socio-historical issues. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 29/2


[1] – Ausbau and Abstand Languages: Traditional and New Approaches. International

          Journal of the Sociology of Language 191 (2008).

Journal Papers and Book Chapters:

[94] – (with Stefano Manfredi) Juba Arabic (Árabi Júba): a "less indigenous" language of South

          Sudan. Sociolinguistic Studies 12/2 (Special Issue: Arabic between tradition and

          globalization) (2018): 209-230.

[93] – (with Graziella Acquaviva) Talking the illness: Swahili for medical aid and cooperation in

           Turin. Kervan 22 (2018): 169-194.

[92] – Con un occhio all'altopiano: spazio e movimento in gawwada (Etiopia). In: Lidia

          Costamagna,  Elisa Di Domenico, Alejandro Marcaccio, Stefania Scaglione, and

          Barbara Turchetta (eds.), Mutamento linguistico e biodiversità: Atti del XLI

          Convegno della Società Italiana di Glottologia. Roma: Il Calamo: 2018: 171-187

          [in Italian].

[91] – (with Stefano Manfredi) Arabic in contact, now and then. In: Stefano Manfredi and

          Mauro Tosco (eds.), Arabic in contact ("Studies in Arabic Linguistics").

          Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 2018: 1-17.

[90] – Afroasiatic: Fresh insights from an "old" language family. In: Mauro Tosco (ed.),

          Afroasiatic: Data and Perspectives ("Current Issues in Linguistic Theory").          

          Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 2018: 1-7.

[89] – From dialect to language and back: the case of Piedmontese. In: Reem Bassiouney

          (ed.), Identity and Dialect Performance: A Study of Communities and Dialects.     

          London: Routledge: 2018: 86-98.

[88] – (with Benjamin Saade) Maltese linguistics: what is new? In: Benjamin Saade and

          Mauro Tosco (eds.), Advances in Maltese Linguistics ("Studia Typologica 21"). Berlin:

          de Gruyter: 2017: vii-ix.

[87] – On counting languages, diversity-wise. In: Ilaria Micheli (ed.), ATrA 3 - Cultural and

          linguistic transition explored: proceedings of the ATrA closing workshop - Trieste, May

          25-26, 2016. Trieste: EUT: 2017: 234-245.

[86] – (with Graziella Acquaviva) "Doman am diran che j'erbo a coro..." (they do!). In:

          Graziella Acquaviva and Mauro Tosco (eds.). Special Issue "Cultural Images of the

          Plant World: Symbolic Aspects and Interpretative Perspectives/Immagini culturali del

          regno vegetale: aspetti simbolici e prospettive interpretative." Kervan 20 (2016): 5-14.

[85] – Language diversity, development, and the state. In: Federico Gobbo (acd / red / ed).

          Lingua, politica, cultura: Serta gratulatoria in honorem Renato Corsetti. New

          York: Mondial Books: 2016: 40-46.

[84] – (with Graziano Savà) The Ongota language – and two ways of looking at the marginal

          and hunting-gathering peoples of East Africa. Ethnorêma 11(2015): 1-17. LINK

[83] – From Elmolo to Gura Pau: a remembered Cushitic language of Lake Turkana and

          its possible revitalization. Studies in African Linguistics 44/2 (2015): 101-135.PDF

[82] – (with Loredana Cupi and Antonio Romano) When implosives are biphasic: Implosivity

          in Gawwada and beyond. In: Maria Grazia Busà and Sara Gesuato (eds.), Lingue

          e contesti. Studi in onore di Alberto M. Mioni. Padova: CLEUP: 2015: 239-252.

[81] – (with Amina Mettouchi and Graziano Savà) Cross-linguistic comparability and

          language-specificity in CorpAfroAs. In: Amina Mettouchi, Dominique Caubet and

          Martine Vanhove (eds.), Corpus-based Studies of Lesser-described Languages: the

          CorpAfroAs corpus of spoken AfroAsiatic languages. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John

          Benjamins: 2015: 221-255.

[80] – (with Stefano Manfredi and Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle) Language Contact,

          Borrowing and Codeswitching. In: Amina Mettouchi, Dominique Caubet and Martine

          Vanhove (eds.), Corpus-based Studies of Lesser-described Languages: the

          CorpAfroAs corpus of spoken AfroAsiatic languages. Amsterdam & Philadelphia:

          John Benjamins: 2015: 283-308.

[79] – Arabic, and a few good words about empires (but not all of them). In: Christel Stolz

          (ed.), Language Empires in Comparative Perspective. Berlin: de Gruyter: 2015: 17-39.

[78] – Short notes on Somali previous scripts. In: Cabdirashiid M. Ismaaciil, Cabdalla C.

          Mansuur and Saynab A. Sharci (eds.), Afmaal. Proceedings of the Conference on the

          40th Anniversary of Somali Orthography. Djibouti, 17th – 21st December 2012.

          Djibouti: AGA (The Intergovernmental Academy of Somali Language): 2015: 189-217

          (abridged version of [59]).PDF

[77] – The tension between language diversity and state building in Africa. Incontri Linguistici

          37 (2014): 169-180.PDF

[76] – (with Stefano Manfredi) Language uses vs. language policy: South Sudan and Juba

          Arabic in the post-independence era. In: E. Dansero, F. De Filippi,E. Fantini and I.

          Marocco (eds.), Proceedings of the III CUCS Congress, Turin 19-21 September

          2013, JUNCO -  Journal of Universities and international development

          Cooperation 1, 2014: 798-802.PDF

[75] – (with Ilaria Micheli) A better knowledge for a better cooperation: the contribution of

          human sciences for an intercultural cooperation to development. In: E. Dansero, F. De

          Filippi,E. Fantini and I. Marocco (eds.),Proceedings of the III CUCS Congress, Turin

          19-21 September 2013, JUNCO -  Journal of Universities and international

          development Cooperation 1, 2014: 768.

[74] – (with Stefano Manfredi) Introduction. In: Stefano Manfredi and Mauro Tosco (eds.),

          “Arabic-based pidgins and creoles: descriptive, comparative and socio-historical

          issues”. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 29/2 (2014): 207-210.

[73] – (with Stefano Manfredi) The morphosyntax and prosody of topic and focus in Juba

          Arabic. In: Stefano Manfredi and Mauro Tosco (eds.), “Arabic-based pidgins and

          creoles: descriptive, comparative and socio-historical issues”. Journal of Pidgin and

          Creole Languages 29/2 (2014): 319-351.

[72] – Le relief dans la tête : un système à repérage absolu de l'Ethiopie méridionale. Faits

          de Langues 42 (2013) (Sémantique des relations spatiales): 153-166.

[71] – (with Stefano Manfredi) Pidgins and Creoles. In: Jonathan Owens (ed.), The Oxford

          Handbook of Arabic Linguistics. London: Oxford University Press: 2013: 495-


[70] – (with Loredana Cupi, Sara Petrollino and Graziano Savà) Preliminary notes on the

          Hamar verb. In: Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle and Martine Vanhove (eds.),

          Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Cushitic and Omotic

          Languages. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe: 2013: 181-195.PDF

[69] – (with Fabio Gasparini) Building a “new” Semitic language: lexical enrichment in

          Modern Assyrian and its problems. Studia Andreae Zaborski Dedicata, Folia

          Orientalia 49 (2012): 191-202.PDF

[68] – What Terminal Speakers Can Do to Their Language: the Case of Elmolo. In: Federico

          Corriente, Gregorio del Olmo Lete, Ángeles Vicente and Juan-Pablo Vita (eds.),

          Dialectology of the Semitic Languages. Proceedings of the IV Meeting on

          Comparative Semitics, Zaragoza 6/9-11/2010 (“Aula Orientalis – Supplementa 27”).

          Sabadell (Barcelona): Editorial AUSA: 2012: 131-143.PDF

[67] – The grammar of space of Gawwada. In: Matthias Brenzinger and Anne-Maria Fehn

          (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th World Congress of African Linguistics, Cologne, 17-21

          August 2009. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe: 2012: 523-532.PDF

[66] – The Unity and Diversity of Somali Dialectal Variants. In: Nathan Oyori Ogechi, Jane A.

          Ngala Oduor and Peter Iribemwangi (eds.), The Harmonization and Standardization of

          Kenyan Languages. Orthography and other aspects. Cape Town: The Centre for

          Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS): 2012: 263-280.PDF

[65] – Swinging back the pendulum: French morphology and de-Italianization in

          Piedmontese. In: Martine Vanhove, Thomas Stolz, Aina Urdze and Hitomi Otsuka

          (eds.), Morphologies in contact. Berlin: Akademie Verlag: 2012: 247-262. PDF

[64] – The Nation-State and Language Diversity. In: Paolo Valore (ed.), Multilingualism.

          Language, Power, and Knowledge. Pisa: Edistudio: 2011: 87-101.

[63] – On language, government, and the reduction of linguistic diversity. In: Luca Busetto,

          Roberto Sottile, Livia Tonelli and Mauro Tosco (eds.), "He bitaney lagge". Studies on

          Language and African Linguistics in honour of Marcello Lamberti. Milano:

          Qu.A.S.A.R.: 2011: 211-230 PDF

[62] – (with Amina Mettouchi) Impersonal configurations and theticity: the case of

          meteorological predications in Afroasiatic. In: Andrej Malchukov and Anna Siewierska

          (eds.), Impersonal Constructions: A cross-linguistic perspective. Amsterdam: John

          Benjamins: 2011: 307-322. PDF

[61] – Between endangerment and Ausbau. In: Emanuele Miola and Paolo Ramat (eds.),

          Language Contact and Language Decay: Socio-political and linguistic

          perspectives. Pavia: IUSS Press: 2011: 227-246 (maps: 284-285).PDF

[60] – Somali writings. In: Anja Kootz and Helma Pasch (eds.), 5000 Jahre Schrift in Afrika.

          Special issue of: Afrikanistik online 2010. LINK

[59] – Why Contrast matters: information structure in Gawwada (East Cushitic). In: Ines

          Fiedler and Anne Schwarz (eds.), The Expression of Information Structure. A

          documentation of its diversity across Africa. Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 2010:

          315-348. PDF

[58] – (with Amina Mettouchi) Sur les traces de l’impersonnel en chamito-sémitique. In:

          Françoise Daviet-Taylor and Didier Bottineau (eds.), L’impersonnel. Rennes: Presses

          Universitaire de Rennes: 2010: 285-307.PDF

[57] – Semelfactive verbs, plurative nouns: on number in Gawwada (Cushitic). In: Frederick

          Mario Fales and Giulia Francesca Grassi (eds.), CAMSEMUD 2007: Proceedings of

          the 13th Italian Meeting of Afro-Asiatic Linguistics. Padova: S.A.R.G.O.N.: 2010:

          385-399. PDF

[56] – (with Amina Mettouchi, Dominique Caubet, Martine Vanhove, Bernard Comrie, and

          Shlomo Izre’el) CORPAFROAS. A Corpus for Spoken Afroasiatic Languages:

          Morphosyntactic and Prosodic Analysis. In: Frederick Mario Fales and Giulia

          Francesca Grassi (eds.), CAMSEMUD 2007: Proceedings of the 13th Italian Meeting

          of Afro-Asiatic Linguistics. Padova: S.A.R.G.O.N.: 2010: 177-180. PDF

[55] – Loanwords in Gawwada, a Cushitic language of Ethiopia. In: Martin Haspelmath and

          Uri Tadmor (eds.), Loanwords in the World’s Languages. A Comparative Handbook.

          Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton: 2009: 124-141.

[54] – A case of weak Romancisation: Italian in East Africa. In: Thomas Stolz, Dik Bakker

          and Rosa Salas Palomo (eds.), Aspects of language contact. New theoretical,

          methodological and empirical findings with special focus on Romancisation     

          processes. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton: 2008: 377-398. PDF

[53] – Introduction: Ausbau is everywhere! In: “Ausbau and Abstand Languages: Traditional

          and New Approaches”. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 191 (2008):

          1-16. PDF

[52] – (with Graziano Savà) Ex Uno Plura: The uneasy road of the Ethiopian

          languages towards standardization. In: “Ausbau and Abstand Languages: Traditional

          and New Approaches”. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 191 (2008):

          111-139. PDF

[51] – What to do when you are unhappy with language areas but you do not want to quit.

          Journal of Language Contact. THEMA 2 (2008): 112-123. PDF

[50] – Between subordination and coordination in Gawwada. In: Zygmunt Frajzyngier and

          Erin Shay (eds.), Interaction of morphology and syntax: Case studies in Afroasiatic.

          Amsterdam: John Benjamins: 2008: 207-226. PDF

[49] – (with Graziano Savà) Ongota: back to reality? In: Tomáš Machalík and Jan Záhořík

          (eds.), Viva Africa 2007. Proceedings of the IInd International Conference on African

          Studies. Ústí nad Labem: Dryada: 2007: 71-80. PDF

[48] – Gawwada Morphology. In: Alan S. Kaye (ed.), Morphologies of Asia and Africa.

          Volume 1. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns: 2007: 505-528.

[47] – State and Movement in Gawwada. In: Marco Moriggi (ed.), XII Incontro Italiano          

          di Linguistica Camito-semitica (Afroasiatica). Soveria Mannelli (Cosenza): Rubbettino:

          2007: 213-220.

[46] – Something Went Wrong: On the Historical reconstruction of the Dhaasanac Verb. In:

          Rainer Voigt (ed.), “From Beyond the Mediterranean”. Akten des 7. internationalen

          Semitohamitistenkongresses (VII. ISHaK), Berlin 13. bis 15. September 2004.

          Aachen: Shaker: 2007: 265-280.

[45] – Feature-geometry and diachrony: The development of the subject clitics in

          Cushitic and Romance. Diachronica 24 (2007)/1: 119-153. PDF

[44] – Le maltais, ou de la crise d’une morphologie sémitique. In: Philippe Cassuto and

          Pierre Larcher (eds.), La formation des mots dans les langues sémitiques.               

          Aix-en-Provence: Publications de l’Université de Provence: 2007: 151-163.

[43] – Towards a geometry of adpositional systems: A preliminary investigation of Gawwada.

          In: Pier Giorgio Borbone, Alessandro Mengozzi and Mauro Tosco (eds.),

         Loquentes Linguis. Studi linguistici e orientali in onore di Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti/

          Linguistic and Oriental Studies in Honour of Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti/

          Lingvistikaj kaj orientaj studoj honore al Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti. Wiesbaden:

          Harrassowitz: 2006: 695-702. PDF

[42] – (with Graziano Savà) La mort des langues en domaine chamito-sémitique. Faits de

          Langues 27 (2006): 279-290. PDF

[41] – The Ideophones in Gawwada. In: Siegbert Uhlig (ed.), Proceedings of the XVth

          International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg, July 20-25, 2003.

          Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz: 2006: 885-892. PDF

[40] – La naissance d’une catégorie morphologique : les clitiques sujet entre couchitique et

          langues romanes. Faits de Langues 26 (2005): 201-213.

[39] – A Comparative View at the Subject Clitics in Cushitic. In: Alessandro Mengozzi (ed.),

          Studi afroasiatici. Contributi presentati all'XI Incontro italiano di linguistica

          camito-semitica (Bergamo, 5-7 giugno 2003). Milano: Franco Angeli: 2005: 167-175.

[38] – Between zero and nothing: transitivity and noun incorporation in Somali. Studies in

          Language 28 (2004)/1: 83-104.PDF

[37] – The Case for a Laissez-Faire Language Policy. Language and Communication 24

          (2004)/2: 165-181.PDF

[36] – Cushitic and Omotic Overview. In: M. Lionel Bender, David Appleyard, and Gábor

          Takács (eds.), Afrasian: Selected Comparative/Historical Papers in Memory of Igor M.

          Diakonoff. München: Lincom Europa: 2003: 87-92. PDF

[35] – (with Graziano Savà) The classification of Ongota. In: M. Lionel Bender, David

          Appleyard, and Gábor Takács (eds.), Afrasian: Selected Comparative/Historical

          Papers in Memory of Igor M. Diakonoff. München: Lincom Europa: 2003:

          307-316. PDF

[34] – “A Whole Lotta Focusin’ Goin’ On:” Information packaging in Somali texts. Studies in

          African Linguistics 31 (2002)/1-2: 27-53.

[33] – On Aspiration and Emphasis in Eastern Neo-Aramaic. In: Werner Arnold and Hartmut

          Bobzin (eds.), “Sprich doch mit deinen Knechten aramäisch, wir verstehen es!”.

          Festschrift Otto Jastrow. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz: 2002: 737-754.

[32] – When Clitics Collide: On ‘to have’ in Piedmontese. Diachronica 19 (2002)/2:

          367-400. PDF

[31] – The short past in Dhaasanac. In: Andrzej Zaborski (ed.), New Data and New Methods

          in Afroasiatic Linguistics: Robert Hetzron in memoriam. Wiesbaden:

          Harrassowitz: 2001: 195-204.

[30] – (with Graziano Savà) “A sketch of Ongota, a dying language of Southwest Ethiopia”.

          Studies in African Linguistics 29 (2000; published 2001)/ 2: 59-135. PDF

[29] – Cushitic Overview. Journal of Ethiopian Studies 33 (2000)/2: 87-121.

[28] – Is There an “Ethiopian Language Area”? Anthropological Linguistics 42 (2000)/3:


[27] – The Color Terms of Dhaasanac. In: Marcello Lamberti and Livia Tonelli (eds.),

          Afroasiatica Tergestina. Papers from the 9th Italian Meeting of Afroasiatic

          (Hamito–Semitic) Linguistics. Padova: Unipress: 1999: 381-392.

[26] – Preliminary notes on focus and topic in Dhaasanac (East Cushitic, South–West

          Ethiopia). Sprawozdania z Posiedze Komisji Naukowych, Polska Akademia Nauk,

          Oddzial w Krakowie 41 (1999)/2: 87-93.

[25] – (with Cabdulqaadir Salaad Dhoorre) 111 Somali Ideophones. Journal of African

          Cultural Studies 11(1998)/2: 125-156.

[24] – A parsing view on inconsistent word-order: Articles in Tigre and its relatives. Linguistic

          Typology 2 (1998)/3: 355-380.

[23] – “People who are not the language they speak:” On language shift without language     

          decay in East Africa. In: Matthias Brenzinger (ed.), Endangered Languages in Africa.

          Köln: Rüdiger Köppe: 1998: 119-142. PDF

[22] – "Gente che non è la lingua che parla". Lingua, identità ed etnicità in Africa orientale.

          Africa e Mediterraneo 21 (1997)/2: 8-14 [abridged version of [23]; in Italian]. PDF

[21] – Focus and Verbal System in Dhaasanac (East Cushitic, South–West Ethiopia). In:

          Katsuyoshi Fukui, Eisei Kurimoto, and Masayoshi Shigeta (eds.), Ethiopia in Broader

          Perspective: Papers of 13th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Vol.

          I. Kyoto: Shokado Book Sellers: 1997: 563-576.

[20] – The strange case of the Dirayta subject case. The Journal of African Languages and

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          travaj për ij giovo. Turin: Nòste Rèis: 2006 [144 p.; in Piedmontese].

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          Assimil Italia: 2006 [x + 214 p.; in Italian].