Andrea Moro
Andrea Moro (1962) ORCID iD Founder and former director of NeTS, former Head of the Department of Cognitive, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Vice Rector of the Institute for Advanced Study IUSS and Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind is full professor of General Linguistics.

He has been director of the interfaculty program in cognitive neuroscience at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan which he contributed to found in 1996 and associate professor at the University of Bologna. Ph. D. in Linguistics at the university of Padua, he has been Fulbright student and visiting scientist at MIT and at Harvard University several times; he obtained a "Diplòme d’ètudes supèrieures en thèorie de la syntaxe et syntaxe comparative" at the University of Geneva. His main fields of research are theoretical syntax and the neurobiological foundations of human language. Among his contributions are the discovery of inverse copular sentences, the principle of Dynamic Antisymmetry, the neurobiological correlation of "possible" vs. "impossible languages", the effect of negation on premotor cortex activity and the electrophysiological representation of inner speech. Among his books: The Raising of Predicates (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Dynamic Antisymmetry (MIT Press, 2000), The Boundaries of Babel (MIT Press, 2015 II edition), Breve storia del verbo "essere" (Adelphi, 2010), I speak therefore I am (Columbia University Press, 2016) and The Equilibrium of Human Syntax (Routledge, 2013); he also published several papers on international journals including Nature Neuroscience, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Trends in Cognitive Science, Linguistic Inquiry and Neuroimage. He is member of the Scientific Board of the Science and Faith Foundation "Science and Faith" Foundation at the Holy See and former member and vice president of the Consulting Board of the Minister of the University for the policy of Research CEPR
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Selected publications
Books Papers
  • C. Chesi, Moro A. (2018) Il divario (apparente) tra gerarchia e tempo. Sistemi intelligenti, XXX, n. 1, aprile 2018: 11-32 doi: 10.1422/89315
  • V. Bambini, Arcara G., Aiachini B., Cattani B., Dichiarante M., Moro A., Cappa S., Pistarini C. (2017) Assessing functional communication: validation of the Italian versions of the Communication Outcome after Stroke (COAST) scales for speakers and caregivers. Aphasiology 31:332-358
  • V. Boschi, Catricalà E., Consonni M., Chesi C., Moro A., Cappa S. (2017) Connected speech in neurodegenerative language disorders: a review. Front. Psychol. 8:269.doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00269
  • E. Zanin, Riva M., Bambini V., Cappa S., Magrassi L., Moro A. (2017) The contribution of surgical brain mapping to the understanding of the anatomo-functional basis of syntax: A critical review. Neurological Sciences 38(9):1579–1589
  • A. Friederici, Chomsky N., Berwick R., Moro A. (2017) Language, Mind, and Brain. Nature Human Behaviour, vol 1, pp. 713 722.
  • V. Bambini, Arcara G., Martinelli I., Bernini S., Alvisi E., Moro A., Cappa S., Ceroni M. (2016) Communication and pragmatic breakdowns in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients. Brain and Language 153–154:1–12
  • C. Chesi, Moro A. (2016) Mind the gap between hierarchy and time. AISC : Associazione Italiana di Scienze Cognitive, “Mind the Gap: Brain, Cognition and Society - 13th Annual Conference of the Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences”,, accessed 12 dicembre 2016,
  • M. Bosia, Arcara G., Buonocore M., Bechi M., Moro A., Cavallaro R., Bambini V. (2016) Communication in schizophrenia, between pragmatics, cognition, and social cognition. In: A.M. Di Sciullo (ed.) Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 213-234.
  • C. Chesi, Moro A. (2015) The subtle dependency between Competence and Performance. in Á. J. Gallego and D. Ott (eds.) "50 Years Later: Reflections on Chomsky’s Aspects". MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, 77:33-46
  • A. Moro, Bambini V., Bosia M., Anselmetti S., Riccaboni R., Cappa S., Smeraldi E., Cavallaro R. (2015) Detecting syntactic and semantic anomalies in schizophrenia. Neuropsychologia 79(Part A):147-157
  • M. Bosia, Arcara G., Moro A., Cavallaro R., Bambini V. (2015) Pragmatic abilities across symptoms dimensions in schizophrenia. Studi italiani di linguistica teorica e applicata (SILTA), Numero monografico: Tra linguistica medica e linguistica clinica. Il ruolo del linguista, a cura di Franca Orletti, Francesca M. Dovetto & Anna Cardinaletti, XLIV(3): 473-485
  • S. Albertini, Tettamanti M., Moro A. (2015) Sentence randomization task as a method for assessing the psychological reality of phrase structure. Abstract in Atti del convegno AMLAP 2015
  • C. Chesi, Moro A. (2014) Computational complexity in the brain. In: Newmeyer FJ, Preston LB, eds. Measuring grammatical complexity, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 264–280.
  • A. Moro (2014) On the similarity between syntax and actions.
  • A. Moro (2014) on the similarity between syntax and actions. Trends in Cognitive Science
  • S. Albertini, Ricco M., Chesi C., Tettamanti M., Moro A. (2014) Working memory and syntactic constituency in Language and Music. Abstract in Atti dell'XI convegno AISC 2014: NEA SCIENCE, ISSN: 2282-6009
  • M. Ricco, Chesi C., Moro A. (2014) Internal Merge in Music: a Proposal for a Generative Syntax of Tonal Music. R. Zamparelli (ed.) 40th Incontro di Grammatica Generativa (Generative Grammar Meeting. Book of abstracts. pp. 50-51
  • C. Chesi, Moro A. (2013) Hierarchy and recursion in the brain. GLOW Newsletter n.70 pp.54-55 ISSN: 0924-8749
  • V. Bambini, Ghio M., Moro A., Schumacher P. (2013) Differentiating among pragmatic uses of words through timed sensicality judgments. Frontiers in Psychology 4:938
  • S. Albertini, Tettamanti M., Moro A. (2013) The impossible chaos: When the mind cannot eliminate language structure. Abstract in rivista: GLOW NEWSLETTER, ISSN: 0924-8749
  • M. Tettamanti, Moro A. (2012) Can syntax appear in a mirror (system)?. Cortex 48, Special issue on language and the motor system, pp. 923-935.
  • C. Chesi, Moro A. (2012) Computational blindness in the brain. ENJOY LINGUISTICS! Papers offered to Luigi Rizzi on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Ed. V. Bianchi e C. Chesi (pp. 62-65) ISBN: 9788890794308
  • A. Moro (2011c) A closer look at the Turtle's eyes. PNAS, 108(6):2177- 2178.
  • A. Moro (2011b) 'Kataptation' or the QWERTY-effect in language evolution. Frontiers in Psychology, 2:50. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00050
  • A. Moro (2011a) Clause structure folding and the wh-in situ effect. Linguistic Inquiry, Volume 42, Number 3, Summer 2011, pp. 389-412.
  • A. Moro (2009) Rethinking Symmetry: A Note on Labelling and the EPP. Snippets, Issue 19; also published in P. Cotticelli Kurras e A. Tomaselli (eds.), La grammatica tra storia e teoria. Scritti in onore di Giorgio Graffi, Edizioni dell'Orso, Alessandria, pp. 129-31.
  • M. Tettamanti, Manenti R., Della Rosa P., Falini A., Perani D., Cappa S., Moro A. (2008b) Negation in the brain: modulating action representations. Neuroimage, Nov 1;43(2):358-67.
  • M. Tettamanti, Rotondi I., Perani D., Scotti G., Fazio F., Cappa S., Moro A. (2008a) Syntax without language: neurobiological evidence for cross-domain syntactic computations. Cortex, Jul-Aug;45(7):825-38.
  • J. Abutalebi, Brambati S., Annoni J., Moro A., Cappa S., Perani D. (2007) Auditory perception of language switches: controlled versus automatic processing as revealed by event-related fMRI. Journal of Neuroscience. vol. 27(50):13762-13769.
  • A. Moro (2004) Linear compression as a trigger for movement. Riemsdijk, H. van - Breitbarth, A (eds) Triggers, pp. 387-429, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin.
  • M. Musso, Moro A., Glauche V., Rijntjes M., Büchel C., Weiller C. (2003b) Broca's area and the language instinct. Nature neuroscience. 6:774-781
  • A. Moro (2003a) Notes on Vocative case: a case study in clause structure. in Josep Quer, Jan Schroten, Petra Sleeman & Els Verheugd (eds.), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2001, pp. 251-264, Amsterdam/Phildelphia: John Benjamins.
  • M. Tettamanti, Alkadhi H., Moro A., Perani D., Kollias S., Weniger D. (2002) Neural correlates for the acquisition of natural language syntax. NeuroImage, 17:700-709.
  • A. Moro, Tettamanti M., Perani D., Donati C., Cappa S., Fazio F. (2000) Syntax and the brain: disentangling grammar by selective anomalies. NeuroImage, 13, January 2001, Academic Press, Chicago, pagg. 110-118
  • A. Moro (1993) Heads as Antecedents: A Brief History of The ECP. Lingua e Stile, 28:31-57.
  • A. Moro (1988) Per una teoria unificata delle frasi copulari. Rivista di Grammatica Generativa, 13:81-110.