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Federica Formato


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Research interests

I am interested in language and gender in Italy/Italian. My research examines sexist language used to reconstruct the traditional arragement in Italian society (men/public - women/private) and failed and successful attempts to subvert this. Using quantitative (corpus linguistics) and qualitative methods, I explore generic terms (grammatically masculine) to refer to female politicians, sexual terms to insult them. I also worked on media language when describing the gendered crime of femminicidio.


Scholarly biography

I obtained my PhD at Lancaster University in 2014. Since then I have been teaching several branches of linguistics in different UK universities. My teaching expertise ranges from language,gender and sexuality to multimodality and corpus linguistics. 

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising students in the following disciplines (or combination of these):

- language, gender and sexuality

- corpus linguistics

- multimodality

- discourses around racism, sexism, transphobia and omophobia

- language describing violence against women in UK and other parts of the world.


Please do contact me if you are interested in spending a visiting period for your PhD research. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Lancaster University


  • PC Romance languages
  • gender
  • language and gender
  • Italian

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Research Output 2016 2018

Gender, Discourse and Ideology in Italian

Formato, F., 2018, Palgrave Macmillan. 299 p. (Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearchpeer-review

discourse analysis

Ci sono troie in giro in Parlamento che farebbero di tutto': Italian female politicians seen through a sexual lens

Formato, F., 13 Sep 2017, In : Gender and Language. 11, 3, p. 389-414

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Linguistic markers of sexism in the Italian media: a case study of ministra and ministro

Formato, F., 2016, In : Corpora. 11, 3, p. 371-399

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review