Luigi Rizzi is the founder of cartographic theory on left periphery and criterial approach. He is now Professor of General Linguisticsat Collège de France, Paris, and Senior Professor at the University of Siena.
He was Principal Investigator of the project SyntacticCartography and Locality in Adult Grammar and Language Acquisition (SynCart),funded by an ERC Advanced Grant at the University of Geneva.
He was on the faculty of Departments of Linguistics inEuropean and American Universities: in particular, he was Associate Professorat MIT, Professor at the University of Geneva, Professor at the University ofSiena, Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, atUCLA, and at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris).
He studied at Scuola Normale Superiore and at theUniversity of Pisa.
Luigi Rizzi is honorary member of the Linguistic Society ofAmerica, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, member of AcademiaEuropaea, honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He wasawarded the International Research Chair Blaise Pascal (Paris) in 2011. He is honorarypresident of the International Association of Syntactic Cartographic Studiesand honorary dean of the Department of Linguistics, Beijing Language andCulture University.
His research interests include syntactic theory andcomparative syntax; in particular, he contributed to the development of theparametric approach to syntactic comparison, to the theory of locality, to thestudy of syntactic representations, with special reference to the cartographyof syntactic structures. He also works on language acquisition, with particularreference to the development of morphosyntax in the child, and on the role ofthe theory of locality in language development.