Elisa Pellegrino


I have a Phd in Linguistics from the University of Naples L’Orientale, in which I studied first and second language acquisition from a biolinguistic perspective (with proff. Anna De Meo and Cristina Vallini). I am also specialized in the Acquisition and Teaching of Italian as Second Language.


Since September 2016 I have been Post-doctoral research fellow at the Phonetics Laboratory with Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo. Before coming to Zürich, from 2012-2016, I have worked as Post-doc at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, analyzing the acoustic correlates of foreign-accented Italian. From 2012-2014 the project was funded by Innosystems - POR Campania - FSE 2007/2013 Asse IV; Asse V.


From 2012-1016 I have been adjunct professor of General Linguistics, Multilingualism and Language Acquisition and Modern Languages Teaching at the University of Naples L'Orientale. From 2009 to 2016 I have also taught Italian language and culture to foreign students at different Italian university language centers. In the same years I have also held lectures on Interlanguage Analysis for Specializing Courses and Second Level Master at the University of Naples, L’Orientale. I have also worked as a tutoring for the blended course of General Linguistics at the same University.

Research interests

I am interested in the production and perception of the temporal characteristics of second language speech, the acquisition of L2 Italian by native and nonnative deaf learners and the use of CAPT system in prosody teaching. I have also conducted research on the effect of bilingualism and biliteracy on the development of literacy-related skills in a second language.