The members of our project team are:

(1) Researchers:

  • Christine Konecny (project head and researcher)
  • Erica Autelli (researcher)

Christine Konecny has been a researcher and teacher specializing in “Italian linguistics” at the University of Innsbruck, Department of Romance Languages since 2002. She finished her postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in 2015, and since the same year she has been an associate professor. Christine Konecny has gained extensive experience in the field of phraseology, and in the area of collocation research in particular: Her dissertation “Kollokationen. Versuch einer semantisch-begrifflichen Annäherung und Klassifizierung anhand italienischer Beispiele” ("Collocations: A semantic-conceptual attempt at a definition and classification, illustrated with examples from Italian"), which she submitted in 2007 and published in 2010, won the award “Preis der Landeshauptstadt Innsbruck für wissenschaftliche Forschung an der Universität Innsbruck 2008” and the prestigeous “Premio Giovanni Nencioni 2012” of the Accademia della Crusca, among others. In it, Konecny examines the characteristics of these typical lexeme combinations and other fixed word combinations. Moreover, she has also published several articles about collocations (from a semantic-cognitive, didactic, contrastive and lexicographical point of view). Her particular interest in didactic aspects of language - how to convey linguistic awareness and insights in a school or university context - stem in part from having studied Latin and Italian for a teaching degree, and from her experience as a trainee teacher at two high schools in Innsbruck in 2008/09. Besides phraseology, collocations and foreign language didactics, her research interests include semantics, lexicology, lexicography, cognitive and contrastive linguistics, language teaching and learning, and syntax.

Link: Personal Homepage (Christine Konecny)

Erica Autelliborn in Genoa (Liguria, Italy), studied English and Italian (her native language) for a teaching degree (Lehramt) at the University of Innsbruck. After graduating with honors in 2009, Autelli completed her year of teacher training at the Handelsakademie Innsbruck (a high school with a focus on business and commerce), and continues to work as a school teacher (currently at the Neue Mittelschule Stams-Rietz). In autumn 2012, she also worked in adult education for the “Società Dante Alighieri di Innsbruck”. She began her doctorate in Italian linguistics at the Department for Romance Languages in 2009 and joined the collocations project as a research assistant in 2011. She has since managed to initiate and establish numerous cooperations within the project, and has given several talks at schools, public relations events and at academic conferences, together with Christine Konecny. Starting from March 2013, Erica Autelli is also collaborating on a further project at the University of Innsbruck, Department of Romance Languages, funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen - South Tyrol: LeKo - Lexemkombinationen und typisierte Rede im mehrsprachigen Kontext. Authentische Sprachdaten für die Erarbeitung didaktischer Materialien zur italienischen Wortkombinatorik für deutschsprachige  L2-Lerner (see "News”). In the 2012/13 winter semester, she also co-taught a class with Christine Konecny on teaching and learning phraseologisms at the “Bereich Didaktik der Sprachen” (DiS, University of Innsbruck). For her dissertation on “Il Genovese Poetico attraverso i Secoli” (‘Genoese in Poetry through the Centuries’) she received several grants, including a doctoral stipend from the Vice-Rectory for Research of the University of Innsbruck in the years 2011 and 2012. She has also won an appreciation award at the awards ceremony of the Premio Ciävai 2011” (Chiavari, Genova) for her work in augmenting the value of Genovese in December of 2011 and an award from the “Richard & Emmy Bahr-Stiftung in Schaffhausen” in November 2012. Her research interests include dialectology, interjections, phraseology and collocations, con­trastive linguistics, language didactics and lexicography.

LinkCurriculum vitae (Erica Autelli)

(2) External member:
  • Niko Hofinger (database, homepage, technical support; external contract)

Niko Hofinger is head of the Innsbruck-based software and service provider “AltNeuland Bildschirmwerkstatt”. An expert for IT and multimedia, he has accumulated years of experience working with numerous research projects in various scientific fields at the University of Innsbruck. For this project, among other things, he has created an HTML-based database to collect and analyze our collocations. Mr. Hofinger has also published a number of academic articles in the field of contemporary history. Thanks to his academic background, he brings with him the know-how and understanding for research in the humanities and linguistics that are so important to this project.

Link: "AltNeuland Bildschirmwerkstatt" (Niko Hofinger)

Comparing word combinations in Italian and German. A research project.