Foto del docente

Marianna Marcella Bolognesi

Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-LIN/01 Historical and General Linguistics

Curriculum vitae

Download Curriculum Vitae (.pdf 139KB )

For further information and list of publications, please see attached cv.



Since 2023 Vice-PI & coordinator of research unit PRIN 2022 (2022EPTPJ9) "WEMB: Word Embeddings from Cognitive Linguistics to Language Engineering and back". (PI: F. Sebastiani, CNR-ISTI).

Since 2022- PI proj ABSTRACTION (ERC Starting Grant) ABSTRACTION: Unlocking meaning from experience through language.

Since 2022 - Associate Professor at University of Bologna, Italy.

2019-2022 Senior Assistant Professor (rtdB) at University of Bologna, Italy.

2017-2019 Research Associate at University of Oxford, UK.

2015-2017 EU-awarded Marie Curie Postdoctoral researcher, University of Amsterdam, NL.

2013-2014 Postdoctoral researcher (6 months) at VU University Amsterdam, NL.

2008-2011 Ph.D. Linguistics, Università di Torino, IT.

2004-2007 MA, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Università di Pavia, IT.

1999-2003 BA, Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Università di Pisa, IT.



Since  2023 General Editor of Language & Cognition (Cambridge University Press)

Since 2022 Member of interdepartmental center AlmaAI, unit: Humanistic AI.

2019-ongoing LILEC Experimental Lab member, University of Bologna, IT.

2019-2021 External staff - University of Birmingham, Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics MA supervisor for distance MA programmes in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

2018-2019 Junior Research Fellow - Jesus College, University of Oxford, UK.

2018-pres. Executive Committee - RaAM Research and Applying Metaphor.

2015-pres. Research Area coordinator - Metaphor Lab Amsterdam

(Research Area: Metaphor and Multimodality)

2012-2018 PI - Metaphor Geeks Lab, Siena, IT.

2008/2015 Faculty member, Intercultural Education and Research Center SIS, Siena, IT



Since 2023 Vice-PI - PRIN 2022 (2022EPTPJ9) "WEMB: Word Embeddings from Cognitive Linguistics to Language Engineering and back". (coordinato da F. Sebastiani, CNR-ISTI). - 53.000 EUR

Since 2022 ERC starting grant ( ~ 1.4 million EUR

2019 Jesus College Major Grant Scheme Funds ~ 3000 EUR

2015-2017 Marie Curie individual research fellowship (IEF) ~ 183,000 EUR

2016 KNAW Royal Dutch Academy of Science symposium grant - 3200 EUR

2016 ABC Amsterdam Brain and Cognition symposium grant - 2500 EUR

2016 Network Institute Amsterdam symposium sponsorship - 500

2014 Network Institute Amsterdam research sponsorship - 2000 EUR

2013 Network Institute travel grant - 1000 EUR

2008-2011 PhD fellowship - Università di Torino, Italy ~ 36,000 EUR

2009 Italian Ministry of Research visiting PhD fellowship (UCL London, UK) - 1500 EUR

2006 EDiSU scholarship (Universität Konstanz, Germany) -1500 EUR

2005-2006 European Commission Erasmus scholarship ~ 1200 EUR

2005 EILC European Commission scholarship, Jagellonsky University, Krakow -500 EUR


Invited talks (in the last 3 years)

2023 Keynote speaker – International conference CompCog 23, University of Trento, Italy, febbraio 2023.

2022 Invited speaker (seminar) at Faculty of Education and Humanities, in collaboration with “Reggio Children” foundation. Reggio Emilia, IT, October 2022.

2022 Keynote speaker – International conference CIRM 2022: Metaphor in digital communication, University of Modena, Italy, ottobre 2022

2022 Keynote speaker – Convegno Linguaggio e Conoscenza: Prospettive per lo studio della mente. Università di Messina, Italy, ottobre 2022.

2022 Plenary speaker – International symposium Exploring the pitfalls and promises of metaphor use in communication with low-literate audiences, Radboud University, NL, settembre 2022.

2021 Keynote speaker - International conference Neuromania, University of Torun, Poland, novembre 2021.

2021 Plenary speaker - International conference The building blocks of information transfer in language processing , Zagreb, Croazia, ottobre 2021.

2021 Keynote speaker - Croatian Applied Linguistics Society 35th conference. Language in the Digital Environment. Osijek, Croatia, settembre 2021.

2020 Plenary speaker presso CARLA2020: Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning and Application. University of Bolzano, Italy (virtual). settembre 2020.

2020 Keynote speaker to 13th RaAM Conference, Hamar, Norway, (virtual) giugno 2020.

2020 CIRM seminars Research at the Metaphor Lab – Metaphor and Multimodality, January 2020.



Mobile app "Word Ladders" (linguistic game for data collection, funded by ERC-2021-STG-101039777, intellectual property: UniBo).

Available for free download (no ads) on Android [] and Apple [], in Italian and in English.

Documentation: []

Case study: []

Ongoing analyses: []