Giulia Cappelli, PhD

Giulia Cappelli, PhD

/‘ʤu.lja kap’pɛ · she/her

Administrative collaborator @ Laboratorio MeS, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

About me

Currently employed as an administrative collaborator at the Management and Healthcare Laboratory (MeS Lab) of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa (Italy). Previously, I spent 5 years getting a PhD in computational and experimental linguistics at Scuola Normale Superiore, and much more time looking for a comfy position to assume on the Big Mattress of life. The search is still ongoing.

I believe in food, friendship, Stack Overflow, the beauty of small things, and the importance of being recklessly optimistic.


  • The challenging intricacies of Public Administration
  • Linguistics, especially when it involves numbers and meanings
  • The little things life has to offer
  • Having a nice job to enjoy aforementioned little things


  • PhD in Computational Linguistics, 2022

    Scuola Normale Superiore

  • MA in Linguistics, 2016

    University of Pisa

  • BA in Italian Language and Literature, 2014

    University "La Sapienza" of Rome


Most relevant jobs shaping the professional I am today and keeping me fed and curious while I pursue a life worth living


Administrative collaborator

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna - Management and Healthcare Laboratory (MeS Laboratory)

Nov 2022 – Present Pisa (Italy)

Responsibilities include:

  • Administrative duties and in-class tutoring in courses for top managers of the Italian healthcare system
  • Project management in a Horizon project (H-PASS) for the digital transition of healthcare workers
  • Support in the dissemination of activities and results

Web manager and newsletter manager

Italian Linguistics Society (SLI)

Dec 2017 – Present remote position

Responsibilities include:

  • Management of the Society website, with WordPress
  • Newsletter management with Mailchimp
  • Suggestion to set up the now-missing Italian branch of the International Linguistics Olympiad, a competition for secondary school students

PhD candidate

Scuola Normale Superiore

Nov 2017 – Oct 2022 Pisa (Italy)

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting autonomous research
  • Disseminating results (talks, posters, articles, popular-science activities)
  • Writing a final dissertation

Visiting term (Jan-May 2019) at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Cognitive Science (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Recent Publications

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Implicit indefinite objects at the syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface: a probabilistic model of acceptability judgments

Optionally transitive verbs, whose Patient participant is semantically obligatory but syntactically optional (e.g., to eat, to drink, to write), deviate from the transitive prototype defined by Hopper and Thompson (1980). Following Fillmore (1986), unexpressed objects may be either indefinite (referring to prototypical Patients of a verb, whose actual entity is unknown or irrelevant) or definite (with a referent available in the immediate intra- or extra-linguistic context). This thesis centered on indefinite null objects, which the literature argues to be a gradient, non-categorical phenomenon possible with virtually any transitive verb (in different degrees depending on the verb semantics), favored or hindered by several semantic, aspectual, pragmatic, and discourse factors. In particular, the probabilistic model of the grammaticality of indefinite null objects hereby discussed takes into account a continuous factor (semantic selectivity, as a proxy to object recoverability) and four binary factors (telicity, perfectivity, iterativity, and manner specification). This work was inspired by Medina (2007), who modeled the effect of three predictors (semantic selectivity, telicity, and perfectivity) on the grammaticality of indefinite null objects (as gauged via Likert-scale acceptability judgments elicited from native speakers of English) within the framework of Stochastic Optimality Theory.

Linguistica computazionale. Fare i conti con quello che si dice

In: Metodi e prospettive della ricerca linguistica. Ed. by Chiara Meluzzi and Nicholas Nese. Consonanze. Milano: Ledizioni.

PISA: A measure of Preference In Selection of Arguments to model verb argument recoverability

Our paper offers a computational model of the semantic recoverability of verb arguments, tested in particular on direct objects and …

On the argumenthood of optional PPs with Italian motion verbs

Recent Talks

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Gradient grammaticality of the indefinite object drop in Italian: behavioral evidence

Modeling the gradient grammaticality of the indefinite object drop construction in Italian using five predictors in a Stochastic Optimality Theoretic model

PISA: A measure of Preference In Selection of Arguments to model verb argument recoverability

A distributional model of argument recoverability: direct objects and Instruments


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