Dr. Elisa Pellegrino

Elisa Pellegrino, Dr.


Tel.: +41(0)44 634 59 48

Raumbezeichnung: AND 2.36



  • 2006: Specialization in L2 Italian Acquisition and Teaching, University of Naples L'Orientale.

  • 2010: Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Naples L'Orientale (Topic: First and Second Language Acquisition from the Biolinguistic Perspective (supervised by A. De Meo and C. Vallini).


  • 2022-2024: Senior researcher in Phonetics – NCCR Evolving Language, Workpackage. Accommodation. 
  • 2021-2022 : Post-doc in Phonetics – NCCR Evolving Language, Workpackage. Accommodation
  • 2018-2020: Post-doc in Phonetics and Coordinator of the Research Group on Accommodation and Social Categorization – URPP Language and Space (Research Project: Rhythmic accommodation between Swiss German dialects)
  • 2016-2018: Post-doc in Phonetics, Phonetics Lab, University of Zurich (Research areas: Suprasegmental characteristics of L2 and elderly speech)
  • 2012-2016: Post-doc in Phonetics and Linguistics, University of Naples 'L'Orientale' (Research Project: Acoustic correlates of foreign-accented Italian).


  • 2017- : Computational Processing of Speech Rhythm for Language and Speaker  Classification, University of Naples' L'Orientale'.
  • 2012-1016: General Linguistics, Multilingualism and Language Acquisition, Modern Languages Teaching at the University of Naples L'Orientale (Italy).
  • 2011-2015: Interlanguage Analysis for Specializing Courses and Second Level Master at the University of Naples L'Orientale (Italy)
  • 2009-2016: Italian language and culture at different Italian University Language centers.

 Research interests

I am currently examining the phenomenon of phonetic convergence in relation to voice individuality and speaker recognition dynamics. In addition, I have worked extensively on the production and perception of speech temporal characteristics, focusing on between-language rhythmic variability, second language speech, age-related changes, and pathological speech. I have also researched the effect of bilingualism and biliteracy on developing literacy-related skills in a second language and tested the use of CAPT systems in the acquisition of L2 prosody.