Università degli Studi di Padova

Dating back to 1222, the University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest universities in Italy with a long tradition of scientific research which pre-dates Galileo Galilei’s times. With over 60,000 students (40,000 at Bachelor’s level, 20,000 at Master’s level and 1,500 at Doctoral level) 230 post-doc researchers, it has 32 departments, 34 PhD schools and 44 research and service centres ranging from sciences, medicine, to social sciences and humanities, and employs about 2,300 professors and researchers, and 2,300 administrative staff. It participates in more than 160 International Research projects within the 7th Framework Programme and about 30 projects from other EU funds. It currently coordinates 30 FP7 projects. The University of Padova participates in international and European educational networks, such as: CG (Coimbra Group); TIME (Top Industrial Managers for Europe); EUA (European University Association); SD (Mediterranean Universities Network for Sustainable Development); and ESRUC (Eurasian Silk Road Universities Consortium). The work will be carried out in the Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari (Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies, DiSLL), whose research focuses on linguistics, literatures, cultures relating to modern languages both in a synchronic and in a diachronic perspective. DiSLL currently offers 14 languages, literatures and cultures in two Bachelor’s degree courses and three Master’s degree courses to over 1,500 students.

  • Prof. Maria Teresa Musacchio is an expert in special languages, specialist translation and terminology and researcher in corpus linguistics and intercultural communication with a focus on intercultural communication and public communication of science. She is part of the Slandail team for the tasks of multimodal/multilingual aggregation, analytics and system testing. Prof. Teresa Musacchio has been associate professor of English Linguistics, Translation and Terminology since 2002. Her research interests include specialist translation, special languages, corpus-based/driven studies of translation, special languages and terminology as well as intercultural problems in translating and public communication of science. She has published a number of papers in international journals and volumes, translated university textbooks on economics, history and science books, economics and linguistics articles and contributed to monolingual bilingual dictionaries.
  • Prof. Maria Grazia Busà is an expert in English linguistics, phonetics and phonology and a researcher in multimedia communication. She will join the UNIPD team for the tasks of multimodal/multilingual aggregation, analytics and system testing. Prof. Grazia Busà has been associate professor of English Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology since 2001. Her research interests include speech analysis (acoustics, aerodynamics, articulatory); speech perception; experimental phonology and phonetics; foreign accent and second language acquisition; sound change; discourse analysis. She is the author of a number of papers published in international journals and volumes, as well as the author of the volume Introducing the Language of the News, London: Routledge (2013).