corpus linguistics; discourse analysis; media discourse; computer-mediated discourse; politeness phenomena in interaction; evaluation in texts; metaphor studies; construction of identity through language in literary and non literary texts; action research within the fields of ESOL and TESOL.
2002 – present Associate professor English language and linguistics University of Siena
1992 – 2002 University of Siena
1989 – 1992 Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli
1978 – 1989 Teacher and teacher trainer EFL British Council Italy (Naples)
1977 – 1978 English Language Teacher British School Ivrea
1976 – 1977 Language teacher (French) North Yorkshire Education Authority
1989 Diploma di Specializzazione in Psicoterapia Funzionale, SIF Napoli
Scuola Europea di Psicologia e Psicoterapia Funzionale e Corporea.
(Iscrizione Albo degli Psicologi della Campania 1990)
1979 Institute of Linguists Final Diploma for Translators (Distinction in Oral and Translation into English)
1979 Cambridge ESOL DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults)
British Council Naples.
1976 Postgraduate Certificate of Education (and qualified teacher status) Language Teaching Centre University of York
1975 BA Hons Linguistics and English University of York
Ongoing Research projects
Member of SiBol group: see http://www3.lingue.unibo.it/blog/clb/?p=287
Member of CADS group Italy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpus-assisted_discourse_studies
Participation in funded research projects
Integrated and united? A quest for citizenship in an 'Ever Closer Europe', financed by the European Union within the scope of the 6th Framework Programme, www.intune.it
Corpora and discourse: A quantitative and qualitative linguistic analysis of political and media discourse on the conflict in Iraq in 2003, a national research project involving the universities of Siena, Bologna, and LUISS in Rome financed by the Italian ministry for Education.
The AICLU project for Linguistic Competence Certification in Italian Universities, a national research project involving nine Italian universities, financed by the Italian ministry for Education, http://www.aiclu.it/cerclu/
In the eyes of the beholder: Anti-Americanism in Western Europe and the United States during the recent Iraq crisis, an interdisciplinary project financed by Siena University.
Other academic activity and memberships
Coordinator SELLS (Siena English Language and Linguistics Seminars). (http://docenti.lett.unisi.it/frontend/?rr=BD_93_1)
President certifications commission CLA(università Language Teaching centre) Università di Siena from 2005 –
Member of Board CLA Università di Siena from 2004
Director SSIS English Language University of Siena
Presidente comtitato per la Didattica CdL L20.