Anita Peti-Stantić, Ph. D.

Full professor

Chair for Slovene language and literature
Chair for South Slavic languages and literatures comparative history


Offica: B-218
Telephone number: 01 4092 275

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:00 – 12:00

Anita Peti-Stantić was born in Virovitica. She went to elementary and high school in Zagreb, where she enrolled at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1985, studying in the South Slavic study programme as a single major (in contemporary terms, the Department for Croatian). At the same time she studied classical philology as a double major. She graduated in October 1989 with a senior thesis paper “Irony in Drama Work by Antun Šoljan“. As a junior research, she worked for a year at the Section for the Old Church Slavonic “Svetozar Ritig“ of the Institute of Philology and Folklore on the project of the Dictionary of the Croatian redaction of Church Slavonic. In 1990 she started a doctoral study programme at Yale University (USA), where she earned her M.A. She pursued her postgraduate studies further at the University of Vienna, under supervision of the Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Radoslav Katičić. She earned her doctoral degree in 2002 with a doctoral thesis entitled “Comparative Syntax of Personal Pronouns in South Slavic Languages“ under supervision of Prof Ivo Pranjković.
From 1997 to 1999 she worked at the Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography on the project of Croatian dictionary and at the Faculty of Philosophy – Pedagogical sciences (in contemporary terms, Faculty of Teacher Education at Zagreb University).
Since November 1999 she has been employed at the Department of Slavic Studies of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb (in contemporary terms, Department of South Slavic Languages and Literatures). She is the Chair for Slovene language and literature, and has twice served as the department head.
She published scientific papers in scholarly journals both home and abroad, and participated in a number of academic conferences at home and abroad, also giving a few guest lectures at foreign universities, both European and American. Since 2006 she has been a PI of a scientific project entitled Croatian and Closely Related Cultural and Linguistic Communities. Apart from her scientific books, she authored the Great Slovene-Croatian Dictionary and Croatian-Slovene Dictionary (2014), as well as translated from Slovene and English.
From 2011 to 2013 she was the president of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society; she has organized two conferences in collaboration with other colleagues, and edited four conference proceedings volumes (two published in Srednja Europa and the other two in Peter Lang Verlag).
She spent the academic year 2009/10 at the Centre for Cognitive Studies of the Tufts University in the USA as a Fulbright scholar, where she worked on a project The Relationship Between Scrambling and the Position of the Clitic Cluster in Slavic Languages. She also spent the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 at the same institution. This time she worked with Prof Ray Jackendoff on a project of the hierarchy of grammatical structures.
Besides topics in sociolinguistics, which was her main research interest for several years, her research interests are currently focused on cognitive linguistics and information structure of the sentence in particular, as well as on changes in interrelationships of the grammatical complexity. In addition, she is concerned with studying language status of patients suffering from aphasia disorders, and grammar of heritage speakers.