Paolo Ramat - Curriculum Vitae#

  • PhD in Glottologia (Historical Linguistics) at the University of Florence (Dec. 1958)
  • Lektor for Italian Language and Culture at the University of Saarland: Saarbrücken, Oct. 1961- Sept. 1962
  • Research Assistant of Linguistics at the University of Cagliari (Nov.1962- Jan.1968)
  • Assistant Professor of Germanic Philology at the University of Cagliari ( Nov. 1963- Jan. 1968)
  • Full Professor of Germanic Philology at the Universities of Cagliari (Febr. 1968-Oct. 1971) and Pavia (Nov. 1971-Oct. 1974)
  • Full Professor of Linguistics, University of Pavia (Nov. 1974 – Oct. 2007)
  • Doctor ‘honoris causa’ of the University of Erfurt, Germany (2.May 2006)
  • Full Professor of Linguistics, IUSS [Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori]],Pavia (Nov. 2007-09)
  • Retired 31. Oct. 2009

Academic duties:
  • Director of the Istituto di Lingue e Letterature straniere, University of Cagliari: 1968 - 1971
  • Director of the Istituto di Germanistica, University of Pavia: 1971 - 1974
  • Director of the Istituto di Glottologia, University of Pavia: 1974 - 1985
  • Director of the Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, University of Pavia: 1989-1991
  • Director of the Dipartimento di Linguistica, University of Pavia: 1994- 2002

Studies abroad:
  • Amsterdam (1964, 1966, 1968, 1970 and 1972: Frisian, Old Saxon and Low German)
  • Oslo (1967: International Summer School on Norwegian Language)

  • DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst): study of Germanic Philology, Sanskrit, Old Iranian: University of Würzburg, Oct 1960 - Sept 1961
  • DAAD: University of Konstanz, Fall 1973
  • CNRS (Conseil National de la Recherche Scientifique): study of general linguistics and Culioli’s theory: University of Paris VII, Oct - Dec 1977
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung: work in the frame of Seiler’s UNITYP-Project (Feb - Nov 1978)

Teaching activities abroad:
  • Middlebury, Vermont (USA): Summer School 1969: Visiting Professor at the Italian School
  • Univers. München (Sommersemester 1981): Visiting Professor at the Institut für Deutsche Philologie.
  • Paris (academic year 1981/82): Professeur Associé à l’Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne, Institut d’Etudes Germaniques
  • Los Angeles (Fall Quarter 1987): Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Italian Department
  • Prague, November 1997: Lecture series for the Vilém Mathesius Center for Research and Education in Linguistics and Semiotics (Universitas Carolina)
  • Paris, May 2001: lectures at the Collège de France

Selection of teaching activities in Italy outside of Pavia:
  • Università di Roma III: Corso di perfezionamento in linguistica, June 1996: ‘Areal linguistics and typological comparison’
  • Società Italiana di Glottologia, Summer School at Udine / S. Daniele, September 1999: Lectures on Linguistic Typology
  • Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Feb-March 2002: Introduction to Linguistic Typology
  • Ist. Univers. Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli, May 2003: Lectures for the Doctoral Programme in Linguistics and Literature
  • University of Cagliari. Summer School of the ‘Association for Linguistic Typology’; September 2003: Lessons on “Typology of the Classical Languages (Ancient Greek and Latin)” by Pierluigi Cuzzolin and Paolo Ramat

Memberships and offices:
  • Societas Linguistica Europaea (Member of the Executive Committee: 1984-86; President of the Society: 1994/95)
  • Società di Linguistica Italiana (President of the Society: 1973-1977)
  • Società Italiana di Glottologia (Member of the ‘Consiglio direttivo’:1985-1987 and 1988-1990; President of the Society: 1988-1989)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the “Scientific Program on Language Typology” (‘EUROTYP’) funded by the European Science Foundation (1990-1994)
  • Executive Committee of the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes (1992 - 2008); chairman of the CIPL Nominating Committee (1993-1997). Vice-President 2000-8. Acting President 2000-2003.
  • Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR): Member of the Committee for the Humanities (1994-1998, and Chair of the Committee (1995 - 1998))
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Linguistic Typology (1999-2001)
  • European Science Foundation (Strasbourg): Representative of the Italian CNR in the Governing Council of the ESF (1999-2005)
  • European Science Foundation (Strasbourg): Member of the Review Panel of the EUROCORES Program (2003-2007) ‘Origin of Man, Language and Languages’
  • Responsible for the Scientific Committee of the Class for Humanities (A1) of the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS, Pavia): Jan. 2006 – Oct. 2009.

Main scientific interests:

Historical linguistics, Indo-European studies, Typology and language theory.

Past and ongoing research projects:
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: 'Universals and Typology' (UNITYP) Project, directed by Hansjakob Seiler (Feb - Nov 1978)
  • European Science Foundation 'Scientific Program on Language Typology' (EUROTYP) (1990-1994)
  • Joint project CNR (main coordinator Romano Lazzeroni, University of Pisa): 'The languages of the Mediterranean: typology and convergence'
  • Joint project MURST (1999-2003, main coordinator Giorgio Banti, Istituto Orientale, University of Naples): 'Typological changes in the morphosyntax of the Indo-European Languages'
  • Joint project MIUR (2003-2005, main coordinator Marco Mancini): 'Continuity and discontinuity of linguistic structures: causes and means'
  • Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca (MIUR): FIRB (National Coordinator of Program: 'Europe and the Mediterranean from a linguistic point of view: history and prospects' within the framework of the Strategic Project 'Eredità e prospettive nelle Scienze Umane – Storia, arte e letteratura come strumento di dialogo fra le culture mediterranee, mitteleuropee ed atlantiche') (2002-2005)
  • Joint project MIUR (2005-2007, main coordinator Giorgio Banti, Univ. degli studi di Napoli, ‘L’Orientale’): 'Levels of analysis in the history of the Indo-European languages'
  • Joint project 'PRIN' (PRogetto d'Interesse Nazionale, MIUR. Main coordinator Piera Molinelli, Università di Bergamo): 'Rappresentazioni linguistiche dell'identità. Modelli sociolinguistici e linguistica storica', 2012-2015
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