Born in Novi (Modena) on the 1st August 1950, graduated
from the Faculty of Bologna in Classical Studies, since 1973 he has
been involved in teaching activities at the University of Bologna.
In 1977 he obtained the chair of Italian Language. He currently
teaches at the School of Education Science of Bologna.
Associate Professor since 1983, Professor of Italian
Linguistics in 2001.
He also worked as teacher of Humanities at several
Institutes, Professor at the Advanced School of Modern Languages
for Interpreters and Translators-SSLMIT of Forland three
semesters at the University of Dresden as Guestprofessor.
1984-2003 he has been general secretary of the Centre for
Muratorian Studies of Modena, since 2003 he has been its
Among his publications we can find a glossary of Bonvesin de la
Riva (1977, conspicuous appendix in 2005), the critical edition of
the sixteenth-century treatise of Vicenzo Sigonio La difesa per
le donne (1978).
Great number of works dedicated to Muratori: from the edition of
the Vocaboli del nostro dialetto modanese (1984) to the
edition of the 10th volume of the Carteggio (Botti-Busanzo,
two volumes,1999 and 2002); from two volumes of essays in german
with the collaboration of Maria Lieber, L. A. Muratori und
Deutschland (1997) and Die Glueckseligkeit des gemeinen
Wesens (1999) to a biographical profile of the author (2005).
Numerous essays were dedicated to the dialectal literature of
the Po valley area between the fifteenth and sixteenth century and
to the emilian regional culture: Lingue di terra (2007) is a
comprehensive work about language and literature in
The twentieth century literature and its linguistic aspects is
one of his best interests. Attention focused on comprehensive works
such as the anthology Miserabili in prosa. Novecento (with
G. Greco and L. Tinti) and monographic essays and arguments about
single authors: Guareschi (2001-2010), Pontiggia (2006), novelists
from Modena, don Zeno Saltini, contemporary crime stories
Since 1983 researches on the contemporary Italian lexicon with
attention to sport language (football and road racing),
computer science and the reciprocal italian-german influence (La
Germania in Italia, oggi,1996).
Since 1987 he has been publishing on the prestigious
journal 'Lingua Nostra', a column about history and
considerations on Italian neologisms (Riflessioni
sull'italiano; Parole nuove, meno nuove, troppo nuove,
A further area of interest concerns the History of
Linguistics and Literary Criticism, with wide
bio-bibliographic medallions dedicated to Pietro Fanfani (1979),
Paolo Zolli (1991-2006), Alfredo Panzini (1995), Fiorenzo Forti
(2008), Aurelio Roncaglia, etc.
Since 1973 a great amount of philological-linguistic reviews has
Riflessioni sull'italiano (2007, new edition 2008) is a
volume about didactics and linguistic education. Autobiographical
cues can be found in the long story Il pane con l'olio
(2002), in the last chapter of Lingue di terra and in Le
peripezie di un professore di grammatica, a contribution to the
fifty years of the Faculty of Education Science (2006).