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Euro-Asian Studies PhD School: Dialectology, Linguistics, Onomastics

Scientific sectors


The goals of the Postdoctoral Program are to encourage and promote the development of young researchers in Indological and Tibetological studies, through a personalized curriculum, in order to acquire a philologically correct and a scientifically grounded method. 

A core faculty representing various South Asian disciplines offers a wide range of expertise, encouraging the linking of the foundational curriculum to applied research and teaching, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary studies.

The students’ scientific training will be focused on their research, through a specific program set up with the Supervisor and approved by the Faculty. Providing a forum for interchange among students and faculty, as well as Italian and foreign research institutions, the program offers the possibility to enrich the study of the sub-continent and guarantees access to documents and experiences not readily available in the department of his supervisor.

Affiliations in South Asia and Europe provide the opportunity for study and research abroad. The program requires attending a series of lectures and instructional activities, and envisages a half-yearly written and oral examination of the scientific activity conducted by the students.

At the annual Symposium on methodological studies (GSMI) students are required to present a working paper on his/her research topic. Students are also encouraged to participate to Conferences and Seminars in Italy and abroad.


The academic board of the PhD course in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Engineering carries on the research of the previous PhD course in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Engineering (for past years see the link ) and promote wide-ranging research interests and can therefore offer advanced teaching both in many foundation research areas (historical linguistics, text linguistics, linguistic typology), and in applied research (lexicography, teaching of Euro-Asian languages, corpus Linguistics). Thus the overlapping areas of theoretical and applied investigation can be emphasised and doctorate students can be introduced to both theoretical and applied research.
The PhD course is linked to the new framework of academic disciplines and to interdisciplinary research. The areas belong to the broad grouping of L-LIN disciplines.
These closely linked disciplines are present in the curricula of the specialist degree planned by the Faculties to which the academic board members belong. The interdisciplinary areas, i.e. computer science for natural language processing and text theory, are not only the main interests of some of the board members but are amongst the research areas of the other members: they are one of the distinctive features of this PhD course if compared to the other courses of this university and to those of other nearby universities.

It's a PhD course which is intended to attract researchers interested in:

  • pursuing theoretical studies on language and on natural-historical languages and on issues of language change
  • investigating the study of linguistic variation, plurilinguism, language contact
  • analysing the relationships between linguistics, computer science and studies on text perception

together with the practical implications of the study of both language contact and linguistic engineering, in other words issues connected with:

  • translation (including computer-assisted translation)
  • specific languages (preparation of language databases, thesauruses and plurilingual corpora)
  • the teaching of modern languages (assessment of learners' competences, planning and evaluation of teaching material, pre-service and in-service teacher training)
  • techniques of linguistic knowledge transmission (dictionaries, databases, annotated corpora which will be accessible on computer with the relative software: lemmatisers, taggers, syntactic parsers, browsers)
  • reception and interpretation of texts according to their genres and their elaboration/manipulation to make them available to the so-called culture industry.


The course of studies Lexicon and Onomastics aims to provide a specialization in the history of the Italian language with reference to specific sectors, in part complementarytoponymyonomastics, lexicon and odeporic texts in historical perspective.

The course of studies is divided in three curricula:

  • Onomastics
  • Lexicon
  • Odeporic texts

The course aims to train young scholars who are able to give their contribution to the knowledge of onomastic sciences, that has acknowledged the proper place in the history of the Italian language . This PhD course is the only one in Italy to ensure a training specifically devoted to onomasticsintended as a domain of independent research and as a point of convergence of large and different language skills.

The research program is diversified and takes account of the curriculum chosen:

  • Onomastics: It provides for the examination of a documentary corpus with specific spatial  borders (area of Puglia and Tuscany or Piedmont or Maltese, in the Italian component) and chronological limits (preferably but not exclusively medieval), in order to obtain the context of historical onomastic and linguistic formations, with reference to place names, personal and family names, or nicknames. Special attention will be given to the historical development of the names system.
  • LexiconNames and nicknamesas well as the personal nameare crystallizations of theregional lexiconso the research program will include a training section in this area,which will eventually be chosen as a specific field of inquiry by the student.
  •  Odeporic texts:  The student must prepare an edition of odeporic textsespecially identified as a source for place names (current and ancient place namesand lexicon (about the problem of exotic words entered the Italian language).

The relationship between teaching and research is guaranteed by the training program, which alternates phases of structured learning (specific lessons for doctoral research, conferences and seminars, participation in national and international conferencesin training workshopaimed at acquisition of theoretical tools and methodologies for the research (laboratory of electronic tools for textual analysis, use of tools for onomastic studies). The distribution between teaching and research will be graded so as to concentrate in the first and second year the majority of research training, and to reserve the third year, mainly in the drafting of the actual thesis.

Research Programmes and Courses


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