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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 arrangement 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 as well as sexual terms to insult them. I also worked on media and parliamentary language when describing the gendered crime of femminicidio. Recently, I have investigated conventional messages used by fathers to police (their) daughters' sexuality.

 

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 homophobia

- 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

Award Date: 25 Jun 2014

Keywords

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

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