Encoding Topic, Focus and Contrast: Informational Notions at the Interfaces, Ph.D Dissertation, University of Verona (Committee: Ad Neeleman, Marina Chini, Martin Everaert, Alessandra Tomaselli)





What’s in a narrative: Variation in story-telling at the interface between language and literacy. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang (together with Christiane Bongartz)





Martini, S., & Torregrossa, J. Fostering metalinguistic abilities in multilingual classrooms: learning activities on word formation and translation.


Torregrossa, J., Eisenbeiß, S., & Bongartz, C. Boosting bilingual metalinguistic awareness under dual language activation: Evidence in favor of multilingual teaching strategies.


Andreou, M., Torregrossa, J., Bongartz, C. The use of null subjects by Greek-Italian bilingual children: Identifying cross-linguistic effects. In G. Fotiadou and I.M. Tsimpli (eds.), Individual differences in anaphora resolution: Language and cognitive effects. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Torregrossa, J., Bongartz, C., Activation of referents in the bilingual mind. In: G. Fotiadou and I.M. Tsimpli (eds.), Individual differences in anaphora resolution: Language and cognitive effects. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Caloi, I., & Torregrossa, J. (double first-autorship). Home and school language practices and their effects on heritage language acquisition: A view from heritage Italians in Germany. Languages. 6, 50.


Andreou, M., Torregrossa, J. & Bongartz, C. Sentence Repetition Task as a Measure of Language Dominance. In Proceedings of the 45th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 45). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Torregrossa, J., Andreou, M., Bongartz, C. & Tsimpli, I. M. Bilingual Acquisition of Reference. The role of language experience, executive functions and cross-linguistic effects. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 1-13. doi:10.1017/S1366728920000826


Andreou, M., Torregrossa, J., & Bongartz, C. The sharing of reference strategies across two languages: The production and comprehension of referring expressions by Greek-Italian bilingual children. Discours (26).


Torregrossa, J., Andreou, M. & Bongartz, C. Variation in production and interpretation of null subjects: A view from Greek and Italian. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 5(1), 95. 


Torregrossa, J., Bongartz, C. & Tsimpli, I. Bilingual reference production: A cognitive-computational account. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 9(4-5): 569-599. 


Torregrossa, J. Distinguishing Focus and Contrast at PF: A view from Italian. In: García-García, M., Uth, M. (eds.), Focus Realization and Interpretation in Romance and beyond. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Torregrossa, J., Bongartz, C. Teasing apart the effects of dominance, transfer and processing in reference production by German-Italian bilingual adolescents. Languages 3(3).



Bongartz, C. & Torregrossa, J. The effects of balanced biliteracy on Greek-German bilingual children’s secondary discourse ability, Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 23(8): 948-963. 

Torregrossa, J. The role of executive functions in the acquisition of reference: The production of demonstrative pronouns by German monolingual children. In: Language Acquisition at the Interfaces. Proceedings of the GALA 2015 (Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Torregrossa, J. Chini, Marina (ed.) (2015). Il parlato in [italiano] L2: Aspetti pragmatici e prosodici. [Italian] L2 Spoken Discourse: Prosodic and Pragmatic Aspects. Book review, EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages.


Torregrossa, J., Interrogative polari inglesi: un’analisi all’interfaccia tra sintassi e prosodia, In Iacobini, C. et al. (eds.), Atti del XLVIII Congresso Internazionale della Società di Linguistica Italiana (SLI 2013), Roma: Bulzoni Editore.


Torregrossa, J., Bongartz, C., Tsimpli, I. Testing accessibility: A cross-linguistic comparison of the syntax of referring expressions, extended abstract for the Proceedings of the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Torregrossa, J. Putting ‘contrast’ on the Table, Proceedings of the WCCFL32: Cascadilla Press.


Torregrossa, J. & Melloni, C. English compounds in child Italian. In Costa, J., Fiéis, A., Freitas, M.J., Lobo, M. and Santos, A.L. (eds.), New Directions in the Acquisition of Romance Languages, Selected Proceedings of the Romance Turn V. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Torregrossa, J. ‘Rippled’ low topics: A phonological approach to postfocal topics in Italian, In: Lahousse, K., Marzo, S. (Eds.), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2012, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Cantarini, S. & Torregrossa, J. On polar questions, negation and the syntactic encoding of epistemicity. In Cantarini, S., Abraham, W., Leiss, E. (eds.), Certainty, uncertainty and the attitudinal space in-between. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Torregrossa, J. Asimmetrie tra percezione e produzione nell’acquisizione L2 della fonologia: Uno studio pilota sulle interrogative polari inglesi. In Nuzzo, E. & Favilla, E. (eds.), Atti del 14° Congresso Internazionale dell’Associazione Italiana di Linguistica Applicata (AitLA). Perugia: Guerra.


Torregrossa, J. Towards a phonological account of contrast in Italian: A pilot-study on contrastive topics. In Anttikoski, E. & Tirkkonen, J-M. (eds.), Proceedings of the 24th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics. University of Eastern Finland.


Torregrossa, J. Towards a taxonomy of focus types: The case of information foci and contrastive foci in Italian. In Paperno, D. (ed.), UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics, Special Issue on Semantics and Mathematical Linguistics. University of California, Los Angeles.

Torregrossa, J. Encoding contrast at PF, GLOW Newsletter 68: 151152


Bambini, V. & Torregrossa, J. Cognitive categories behind early topic/comment structures. In Chini, M. (ed.), Topic, struttura dell’informazione e acquisizione linguistica. Franco Angeli: Milano, 35-58.