About the author

Grazia Crocco Galèas is a researcher in the Department of Linguistics in the University of Pavia (Italy). She gained her Master's degree in Rome (1982) with a thesis on Ferdinand Wrede's hypothesis on the grouping of the West Germanic languages. Her doctoral thesis (Vienna, 1991) under Wolfgang Dressler dealt with the derivational morphology of Italian, and began her interest in Natural Morphology. Her chief research area is morphology (both word formation and inflection), but she has also dealt with typology, first-language acquisition, and modality, publishing a number of articles on Italian, Modern Greek, and Latin, and tackling both descriptive and theoretical aspects of morphology. Grazia Crocco Galèas has written the following monographs: Gli etnici italiani. Studio di morfologia naturale, Padova: Unipress 1991; Tipologia morfologica, Roma: Pubblicazioni del Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio dell'Università di Roma "La Sapienza" 1992; Glossario di linguistica generale e applicata, Roma, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana 1992; From Pragmatics to Syntax. Modality in Second Language Acquisition (co-edited with A. Giacalone Ramat), Tübingen: Narr, 1995; Metafora morfologica. Saggio di morfologia naturale, Padova: Unipress 1997; The Parameters of Natural Morphology, Padova: Unipress 1998. She has also published a number of reviews in "WORD".
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