Centro de Investigación Micaela Portilla Ikergunea, Office 3.2
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Calle Justo Vélez de Elorriaga, 1
01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz

Phone: +34 945 014 452

I graduated in foreign languages and literatures (2014), and obtained my Master degree in linguistics and Italian studies (2018), both at the University of Bologna. Being my academic background quite diverse, I have worked on both the theoretical aspects of linguistics, as well as on the more practical and empirical aspects of psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics: to develop the latter aspect, I undertook an internship at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (2016-2017), followed by another one at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (2017).
I also have experience in literatures, foreign cultures, foreign languages, second language teaching, and text revision/editing.
I am now a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Itziar Laka at the Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies, and member of The Bilingual Mind research group at the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU).
My PhD project tackles a pivotal question in linguistics and psycholinguistics: is parsing universal? Do people develop different parsing strategies, depending of their own languages’ characteristics? I will investigate this by analysing the syntactic processing of relative and pseudo-relative phrases in Basque, Spanish, Italian, and English, and the alleged role of pseudo-relatives in determining whether a language could be “high” or “low” in its preferred attachment.

Research interests: psycholinguistics; bilingualism; second-language learning and teaching; syntax; event-related potentials; language typology; attachment.

Languages owned:

Information available in the following link

Education, training and work experiences:

Review published online for Linguist List:


Participation in the science dissemination activities of the Science week fair (Zientziaren, Teknologiaren eta Berrikuntzaren XIX. Astea)

2014 – 2018
Master Degree (110/110 cum laude)
Italian studies and Linguistics (Università di Bologna, Italia)
Dissertation: “Event-related potentials reveal L1 phonotactic constraints on L2 syntactic processing in early bilinguals”

Research internship (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Research internship (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)

Annotation of markers of Information Structure in spoken Italian – GEST-IS corpus (Edinburgh University, U.K.)

2010 – 2014  
Bachelor Degree (108/110)
Foreign languages and Literatures (Università di Bologna, Italy)
Dissertation: “Postpositions in theoretical and typological linguistics: the Basque language”

Posters and Publications:

Navarrete, E., De Pedis, M., & Lorenzoni, A. (2023). Verbal deception in picture naming. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 0(0).

06 – 08/09/2018
Jongman, S. R., De Pedis, M., & Lewis, A. (2018). Linguistic prediction and visual attention do not interact in reading. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP 2018), Berlin, Germany.


De Pedis, M. (2018). The taboo of menstruality: euphemisms and reticence. Quaderni Di Semantica – Special Issue Prospettive Della Semantica, 3–4, 627–665.

De Pedis, M. (2016). The taboo of menstruality: euphemisms and reticence. Talk given at the 1st Linguistic Meeting for Young Researchers (CLUL-LingMe 2016), Lisbon, Portugal.

De Pedis, M. (2016). The taboo of menstruality: euphemisms and reticence. Talk given at ULAB (Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain) 2016, Aberdeen, U.K.

Grants and scholarships:

Member of the project “Procesamiento oracional: Estructura Argumental vs. Morfosintaxis/ Sentence Processing: Argument Structure vs. Morphosyntax” (2020-2022)

Member of Red Albert Costa sobre efectos de lengua extranjera relacionados con la aculturación (ACELERA) (2020-2021     )

Member of Grupo Consolidado de Excelencia, calificación A “La mente Bilingüe” (2019-2021)

PREDOC –Predoctoral Research Grant by the Basque Government (2018)

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