Ms Anna Morbiato

PhD (Unive)
Research Affiliate (School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Sydney), Assistant Lecturer (Department of Asian and North African studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Anna Morbiato holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Sydney and in Asian Studies from Ca' Foscari University of Venice. She is Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Asian and North African studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, where she teaches Chinese language and linguistics, and research affiliate at the School of Languages and Cultures, the University of Sydney. She is part of the Sydney Centre of Language Research (Computational Linguistics node and Languages of Asia node). Her research focuses on verb semantics and event structure, pragmatic and iconic aspects of word order, cognitive and corpus linguistics, and second language acquisition, with a focus on Chinese languages. She is currently collaborating on research projects with the Beijing Language and Culture University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. Her other interest includes Natural Language Understanding (NLU): theMarie Skłodowska-Curie proposal, on which she presented and got theSeal of Excellence.

Research interests

  • Event structure and argument alternations
  • Information structure
  • Syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Cognition
  • Chinese languages
  • Second language acquisition

Teaching and supervision

Anna is interested in supervising postgraduate students with projects on linguistics, syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface, corpus linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition, especially with a focus on Sinitic, Romance, and Germanic languages.

  • 2018, June-ongoing: Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Department of Asian and African studies and School of Economics, Languages and Entrepreneurship – Assistant Lecturer of Chinese language and linguistics, and Chinese-English-Italian interpretation and translation.
  • 2017-2018: Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures Adjunct Professor. Courses: Mandarin Chinese language and linguistics.
  • 2016-2018: University of Verona, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures Adjunct Professor. Courses: Mandarin Chinese language, Chinese contemporary society.
  • 2009-2016:Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Department of East Asian studies Teaching fellow and tutor - MA and BA courses: interpreting and translation, Chinese linguistics.

Current projects

  • A multi-dimensional approach to word order: functions, factors, restrictions.
  • Event and argument structure: argument alternations and inversions in different verb classes in Modern Standard Chinese.
  • Corpus approaches to syntactic research: new perspectives on East Asian languages


  • ICLA - International Cognitive Linguistics Association
  • CASLAR - Chinese as a Second Language Research Association
  • EACL - European Association of Chinese Linguistics
  • EACS - European Association of Chinese Studies
  • AILC - Italian Association of Chinese Linguistics
  • CSC – Sydney China Studies Centre

Awards and honours

  • 2018 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence (
  • 2018 Selected as Valedictorian at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • 2016 Awarded with the Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government
  • 2013 Innovation Award ‘Premio Città Impresa’ (link)
  • 2010 Campus Mentis Award for Best Graduates, Italian Council of Ministers
  • 2007 汉语桥Chinese BridgeInternational Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students: 3rd prize
  • 2004 Rotary Club Prize for best thesis

In the media

Participation in industrial innovation

2016 - Research project between the University of Sydney’s Linguistics and IT departments and PAT Inc. (a start-up offering Natural Language Understanding API technology)

Organisation of international conferences

  • Eighteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities (Venice, July 2020)
  • EUROPEANA SPACE Opening Conference (Venice, 15-17 October 2014) European Union Project “Digital Cultural Content Re-imagined: New Avenues for the Economy and Society”.
  • Digital Economy Forum –U.S. Embassy in Italy (Venice, 9 May 2013) in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Italy. Conference on new technologies and digital tools and their application to business, start-ups and academia


  • Studies in Chinese Language and Discourse Series
  • Journal of Linguistics
  • Proceedings of the Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) Conference
  • Journal of Cognitive Linguistic Studies

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