Euro(pean) Languages and Specialized Terminologies

Program description and purpose

The international PhD Course in “Euro(pean) Languages ​​and Specialized Terminologies” aims to highlight, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the role played by some European languages (English, French and Spanish) and by their specialized terminologies in the fields of law and economy, sociology, maths and finance as well as in the agricultural-food sector, with particular reference to the technical vocabulary pertaining to each subject.

The PhD

The main interest of the PhD Course is the study of terminology not only as a tool used by experts from different disciplines, but first and foremost as a linguistic heritage shared by speakers; in this context, the use of new technologies can be deemed as fundamental in spreading specialist knowledge.

Among the activities undertaken in the PhD Course, preeminence is given to the management of linguistic data obtained through the analysis of primary sources in L2 and L1 by consulted experts and/or retrieved online, in order to create databases, manage translation memories and study the textual corpora thus built. European institutions, public administration, private companies, publishing houses, media, and translation and language services can, indeed, all provide terminological training, and, in their turn, benefit from the collaboration between terminologists and experts.

Given its interdisciplinary approach, the PhD Course aims to combine the acquisition of language skills with interdisciplinary in-depth knowledge.

Duration: 3 years
Subjects: English Literature, Language and Translation – French Literature, Language and Translation – Spanish Literature, Language and Translation – Economic and Political Geography, Economics and Rural Valuation, Sociology of Economic and Labour Processes, International Law, Mathematical analysis

Professional prospects

The PhD Course, in collaboration with companies and organizations involved in the training project, provides doctoral students with the tools necessary to deal with relevant issues in an increasingly international job market.

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While aiming at educating future academics and teachers, the PhD Course also train experts in specialized communication and terminology that can find employment in diverse fields: journalism (broadcast and online) and the publishing industry, where linguistic and lexicological expertise is required, together with multilingual proficiency, and the IT sector, which offers career opportunities concerning the management and treatment of linguistic databases as well as other activities related to corpus linguistics. After completing their PhD, students can also be employed as, among others, cultural mediators, specialized translators, technical communicators, experts in lexicology, terminology and intercultural communication, and terminologists working for national and international companies and institutions.

Teaching programme

Spring Semester

Critical Discourse Analysis (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Emilia Di Martino/Prof.ssa Bronwen Hughes
Using Concordancers for Linguistic Analysis (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Maria Cristina Nisco/Prof.ssa Raffaella Antinucci
The Academic Career in Italy and Academic Writing in English (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Raffaella Antinucci
Translation and Translation Studies (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Michela Marroni (UniTus)/Prof. Luca Baratta/Prof.ssa Maria Giovanna Petrillo
Fundaments of Terminology – Concepts of Language Policy (2 CFU) – Prof. Claudio Grimaldi
Neonymy and Retronymy: Tools and Methods of Analysis (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Silvia Domenica Zollo
Pragmatics (2 CFU) – Prof. Michele Costagliola D’Abele (UniOr)
Geographical Information Linguistic Systems (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Viviana D’Aponte

Fall semester

Lexicography (3 CFU) – Prof.ssa Carmen Saggiomo (UniCampania)/Prof.ssa Emilia Surmonte (UniBas)
French Linguistics (3 CFU) – Prof. Claudio Grimaldi/Prof.ssa Silvia Domenica Zollo
Fundaments of International Law (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Susanna Quadri
Notions of Agri-food (3 CFU) – Prof.ssa Angela Mariani/Prof.ssa Daniela Covino
The Lexicon of Mathematical Analysis (1 CFU) – Prof.ssa Raffaella Giova/Prof. Luigi D’Onofrio


Specialist Lexicon and Lexical Tools (2 CFU) – Prof. Claudio Grimaldi/Prof.ssa Silvia Domenica Zollo
Narratology and Critical Textual Analysis (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Raffaella Antinucci/Prof.ssa Maria Giovanna Petrillo
Cultures and Literatures of the English-Speaking Countries (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Raffaella Antinucci/Prof. Adrian Grafe (Univ. Artois)/ Prof.ssa Maria Enrichetta Soccio (UniCh)
Cultures and Literatures of the French-Speaking Countries (2 CFU) – Prof.ssa Maria Giovanna Petrillo/Prof. Christophe Meurrée (AML)
Cultures and Literatures of the Spanish-Speaking Countries (1 CFU) – Prof. Nicolas De Ribas (Univ. d’Artois)
Lexicology (3 CFU) – Prof. Florent Monocomble (Univ. d’Artois)/Prof.ssa Bronwen Hughes
English Linguistics (3 CFU) – Prof.ssa Bronwen Hughes/Prof.ssa Annalisa Zanola (UniBr)

Nature Masterclass

Scientific writing and publishing (2 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses
Focus on peer review (1 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses
Managing research data to unlock its full potential (1 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses
Data Analysis (1 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses
Effective collaboration in research (2 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses
Networking for researchers (1 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses
Narrative tools for researchers (1 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses
Persuasive grant writing (1 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses
Advancing your scientific presentations (2 CFU) – Nature Masterclasses

Thesis writing (6 CFU)

Total teaching offer given for each new PhD cycle: 60 CFU.


Program Directors

Prof.ssa PETRILLO Maria Giovanna



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