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Till April 3, and following the new regulations related to the Coronavirus, I am available through web. Please send me an email and we will arrange an appointment via web.


Wedensday 13-14

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U06, Piano: P03, Stanza: 3037
Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1 - 20126 MILANO


Maria Teresa Guasti studies language acquisition in different populations of children (Monolingual, bilingual,  children with cochlear implant, with specific language disorders, with dyslexia and with autism). She is interested in the interface between phonology-syntax, the acquisition of morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics. She also researches on the relation between musical rhythm and language and between language and writing. She has participated in various European projects and is involved in 2 new European projects: LACA and MULTIMIND.  LACA is about the study of the language in children with autism.  MULTIMIND is part of an International Training Network sponsored by the EC. She has recently been awarded a ERC Sinergy with Artemis Alexiadou and Uli Sauerland (2020-2016).

Maria Teresa Guasti is member of the scientific committee of trilingual educational project in kindergarten at Collegio San Carlo, Milano; of the scientific committee of the project “Bimbi Bicocca”, Vice-president of the scientific committee of the Fondazione Marica De Vincenzi, Onlus and director of the branch Bilingualism matters @ Milano-Bicocca. She is invited professor at the School for Special Education, Haidan, Beijing. She is president of the Doctorate School at Milano-Bicocca. She has been representative of the Linguistic societies in the working group “Toward a Consensus conference on primary language impairment”.

She is author of several articles, and two recent books, one co-authored with Adriana Belletti The acquisition of Italian: Different modes. Benjiamin 2015 and  Language acquisition. The Growth of grammar. Cambridge, Mass:MIT Press, 2017, second edition.

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My current research interests include


Acquisition of logical connectives and quantifiers

Acquisition of morphosyntax

Acquisition of language in specific language impaired children, children with dyslexia and children with autism

Acquisition of Mandarin as L1 or L2 by children

Differentiation between typically developping L2 Italian speaking children and L2 children with language impairment

Relation between musical rhythm and language

Relation between language and writing



  • Giustolisi, B., Guasti, M., Nicastri, M., Mancini, P., Palma, S., Genovese, E., et al. (2021). Production of third-person direct object clitics in children with cochlear implants speaking Italian. CLINICAL LINGUISTICS & PHONETICS, 35(6), 577-591 [10.1080/02699206.2020.1803406].
  • Hu, S., Toneatto, C., Guasti, M., & Pozzi, S. (2021). Processing Chinese relative clauses in context by Italian L3 learners. SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH [10.1177/02676583211002607].
  • Vogelzang, M., Guasti, M., van Rijn, H., & Hendriks, P. (2021). How Children Process Reduced Forms: A Computational Cognitive Modeling Approach to Pronoun Processing in Discourse. COGNITIVE SCIENCE, 45(4) [10.1111/cogs.12951].
  • Sansavini, A., Favilla, M., Guasti, M., Marini, A., Millepiedi, S., Di Martino, M., et al. (2021). Developmental language disorder: Early predictors, age for the diagnosis, and diagnostic tools. A scoping review. BRAIN SCIENCES, 11(5) [10.3390/brainsci11050654].
  • Spitale, M., Silleresi, S., Leonardi, G., Arosio, F., Giustolisi, B., Guasti, M., et al. (2021). Design Patterns of Technology-based Therapeutic Activities for Children with Language Impairments: A Psycholinguistic-Driven Approach. In CHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp.1-7). New York : Association for Computing Machinery [10.1145/3411763.3451775].