Associate professor
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Due to the COVID emergency, Office hours will be held in a virtual format until further notice.
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****Office hour on Monday 28th is rescheduled on Tuesday 29th 9-10.30****
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U06, Piano: P03, Stanza: 3136
Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1 - 20126 MILANO


I obtained a BA in PHILOSOPHY in 1999 (University of Milano) and a PhD in COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE in 2007 (University of Milano-Bicocca). 


I am a Researcher in Linguistics in the Department of Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where I teach Psycholinguistics. My research focuses in particular on the processing of aspects of language related to the semantic/pragmatic interface in typically and atypically developing children, bilinguals and adults. In my research, I employ off-line and on-line techniques, with a particular focus on eye-movement recordings during the on-line processing of linguistic ambiguity. I actively collaborate with colleagues in the Department of Psychology and with other researchers in Europe and US, in particular: Adrian Staub (UMass at Amherst), Marco Marelli (Unimib), Carlo Cecchetto and Caterina Donati (CNRS, Paris), Luisa Meroni (Utrecht University), Angeliek Van Hout (University of Groningen), Carla Contemori (University of Texas at El Paso), Flavia Adani (University of Potsdam), Florian Schwarz (UPenn).


  • Foppolo, F., Mazzaggio, G., Panzeri, F., & Surian, L. (2021). Scalar and ad-hoc pragmatic inferences in children: guess which one is easier. JOURNAL OF CHILD LANGUAGE, 48(2), 350-372.
  • Panzeri, F., & Foppolo, F. (2021). Children’s and Adults’ Sensitivity to Gricean Maxims and to the Maximize Presupposition Principle. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 12(3 March 2021).
  • Mazzaggio, G., Foppolo, F., Job, R., & Surian, L. (2021). Ad-hoc and scalar implicatures in children with autism spectrum disorder. JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS, 90(March–April 2021).
  • Konrad, I., Burattin, M., Cecchetto, C., Foppolo, F., Staub, A., & Donati, C. (2021). Avoiding Gaps in Romance: Evidence from Italian and French for a Structural Parsing Principle. SYNTAX.
  • Foppolo, F., & Staub, A. (2020). The puzzle of number agreement with disjunction. COGNITION, 198.