Humanities Lab

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I am a researcher at the Humanities Lab at Lund University. Prior to this, I was a postdoc at the University of Alberta, Canada, that I joined after receiving a double PhD in Linguistics from SESA (European School of Advanced Studies) at the University “Suor Orsola Benincasa” (Napoli-Italy) and Université Stendhal (Grenoble-France).


Research groups

About the research

My main research interest concerns the study of gesture and its relation to spoken language from a developmental and a crosslinguistic perspective.
Focusing on these lines of investigations, I studied how the development of the ability to use gestures with different functions is linked to the development of textual and pragmatic abilities. I also carried out a research on the temporal coordination between gesture and speech in narrative discourse produced by bilingual and monolingual adult speakers, together with Elena Nicoladis and Paula Marentette. Moreover, I have recently conducted a study focusing on gesture production in relation to speech fluency in child and adult language learners' discourse, in collaboration with Marianne Gullberg.
My current work centers on the comparison of spoken and gestural behaviors across cultures and languages, targeting in particular narrative discourse produced by Italian and Swedish adult speakers.
I am also interested in first language acquisition and I am investigating cohesion in narrative discourse in Italian children.


Articles (4)
Book chapters (4)
Conference contributions (3)

Research portal (Lund University)


Teaching spring 2020

  • ITAA02, Italian: Level 2

Other tasks and qualifications

2012-at present. Teaching courses of Italian culture and literature (online and on campus) at the Centre for Languages and Literature - Lund University.
2015. Teaching a course of Copyediting at Malmö Högskola.

Maria Graziano

Researcher, Educational Developer
Humanities Lab

Senior Lecturer
Italian Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail maria.grazianohumlab.luse

Phone +46 46 222 08 18

Room SOL:L400c

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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