PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind - XXXVII cycle.
Borsa PON “Ricerca e Innovazione” 2014-2020, con D.M. 1061/2021 fondo FSE- REACT EU, azione IV.5 - “Dottorati su tematiche Green”.
Tematica "Assessing Commitment and Controversiality on Environmental Issues".
Achille Fusco obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages at the University of Perugia and then gained his Master’s degree in ‘Language and Mind: Linguistics and Cognitive Studies’ at the University of Siena. He graduated cum laude in 2020 with an experimental thesis on the semantics of subjective and evaluative language, entitled ‘Subjectivity and Subjective Attitude Verbs’ (Supervisor: Prof. Valentina Bianchi). In the same year, he took part in an intensive course in Machine Learning and NLP, while in 2021 he attended the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information.
On a theoretical level, his interests revolve, on one hand, around the semantics and pragmatics of subjective language, on the other, around the pragmatic notion of ‘commitment’ as a principle of human communication. With his doctoral project, he proposes to investigate the linguistic means by which speakers express judgements that are considered more or less ‘controversial’.
On a more applicative-computational level, the purpose of this research will be to develop NLP algorithms able to detect the beliefs and attitudes considered shared or controversial in a certain community, in particular with regards to the topics of climate change and sustainable development.