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Mario Vayra

Associate Professor

Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies

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

Curriculum vitae

Education

1976 Doctor of Literature and Philosophy, University of Florence.

1976 "Posto di perfezionamento", Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.

Current Position

2012-present Associate Professor at Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna.

Previous positions

2005 -2012 . Associate professor of "Glottologia. Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, 'University of Bologna, Department of Linguistic and Oriental Studies

2000 Associate professor of "Glottologia", Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, University of Siena in Arezzo.

1999 Idoneous to professorship

1980 - 2000 University researcher: Scuola Normale Superiore.

Teaching

2005-‘06- present Glottology, First cycle degree programme in Humanities.and in Philosophy (2011-present). He also taught Glottology in First cycle degree programme in Oriental History, Cultures and Civilisation, Anthropological Sciences, Arts.

2017- Phonetics and Phonology, Second Cycle/Master Programme in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics.

2007-2017. Spoken Communication, Second Cycle/Master Programmes in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics; since 2012-13 also Second Cycle Programmes in Italian Culture and Language for Foreigners, School of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Interpreting and Translation.

2009-present Experimental Linguistics Laboratory, Second cycle/Master Programmes in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics

2005-2008. “Linguistic Pragmatics”, Second cycle degree/Master in Linguistics.

1997-2005. “Glottology” (Bachelor degree Programmes ) and General Linguistics (Master degree Programmes), University of Siena (Arezzo campus).

1993-1999. “Applied Linguistcs”, University of Ferrara

1996 -1999. “Glottology and Linguistics”, Bachelor Program in Logopedics, University of Pisa.

1979-1983 Various courses, including “Phonetics and Elements of Linguistics” and “Experimental Phonetics”, at the Specialization School of Phoniatrics and Audiology and at the School of Logopedics and Audiometry, of the Faculty of Medicine, of Ferrara University.

1983-1989 Four seminar courses of “Experimental Phonetics” and “Phonetic-Phonology interface” at the Faculty of Medicine of Ferrara University.

Scientific Activities

Main research interests

  • Linguistic theory and experimental phonetics: Phonetic bases of phonological structure. Contrastive analysis of prosodic structure, in the theoretical framework of Articulatory Phonology (with special reference to syllable, stress and linguistic rhythm).
  • Pragmatics and prosody: The role of intonation in the information structure of utterance and discourse.
  • Language acquisition and production: From earliest vocalizations to the emergence of phonology.
  • Language acquisition, phonology and perception: The attunement process to second language (L2) phonology.
  • Sociophonetics and bilinguism: Traces of the local dialect in two communities of iItalian-Australians living in Sydney, whose origins trace to Veneto and Calabria.

International and National Grants:

2014-2016 “Tracing Regional Italian Roots in the Speech of Italian-Australians” (Partnership Program). University of Western Sydney; Federation of Italian Migrant Workers and their Families (Sydney); Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy; Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna. Partecipants: Prof. Catherine Best e Prof. Bruno di Biase (University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia); Dr. Cinzia Avesani (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC-CNR), Padova); Prof. Mario Vayra (Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna).

2011 “Italian roots in Australian soil: Tracing regional linguistic heritage in first and second generation bilinguals” (University of Western Sydney, IRIS Initiative Scheme). Participants: Prof. Catherine Best, University of Western Sydney, Australia and Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, Connecticut, US); Prof. Bruno di Biase (University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia); Dr. Cinzia Avesani, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC-CNR), Padova; Prof. Mario Vayra, Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna.

2005-2007 “Language acquisition and (diachronic/diatopic) variation. Principles and strategies of systemic organization”. (PRIN 2005 –MIUR). National Coordinator: prof. Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa). Local Unit's Project: “Phonology and language acquisition. How does native language experience come to shape infants' speech perception and production?”: Local Coordinator: Mario Vayra

2005-2007 “ The emergence of phonology. Studies on speech production and perception in infants and adults”. (Ricerca Fondamentale Orientata (RF0), University of Bologna);

2003-200 “Accentual prominence and focus in italian” (Piano d'Ateneo della Ricerca, University of Siena).

2002-2007 "Ontogeny of Attunement to the Language Environment" (National Institute on Deafness and Communicative Disorders (National Institutes of Health, US). Foreign collaborator and research consultant. Principal Investigator: prof. Catherine Best (University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia, and Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, Connecticut, US).

2001-03 "IPAR: Italiano Parlato". (PRIN 2001 - MIUR). National Coordinator: prof. Federico Albano Leoni (University Federico II, Napoli). Local Unit's Project: “Focus and accentual prominence in spoken Italian” (Local Coordinator: Mario Vayra).

2001-03 "Phonology and language acquisition. How does native language experience come to shape infants' speech perception and production?" (Piano d'Ateneo della Ricerca, University of Siena).

1999 "Lessici di frequenza dell'italiano radiofonico" (L.I.R.). (CNR). National Coordinator: prof. Nicoletta Maraschio (University of Florence, President of Accademia della Crusca).

Visiting Professor (2012-’13): University of Western Sydney, Australia

Referee for International Journals such as Language and Speech, Journal of Phonetics, Phonetica, Studi e Saggi Linguistici.

Member of scientific committees

Member of the Scientific Committee and referee of International conferences:

2nd PaPI Conference: Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, June 20-21, 2005);

3rd PaPI Conference: Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia (Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal, June, 25-26, 2007);

XVIth International Congress Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Saarbrücken, Deutschland, August 6-10, 2007);

Interspeech 2007 - 8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association(Antwerp, Belgium, August 27-31, 2007).

Interspeech 2009 - 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Brighton, GB, September 6-10, 2009);

12th International Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon 13), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M (July 8-10, 2010).

Interspeech 2010 - 11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Makuhari, Japan, September, 26-30, 2010).

Interspeech 2011 - 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Florence, August 27-31).

17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Hong Kong, 17-21 agosto 2011).

13th International Conference on Laboratory Phonology (Stuttgart, Deutschland, July, 27-29. 2012).

Ps- prominences. Prominences in Linguistics. International Conference, Università della Tuscia (Viterbo, December 12-14, 2013).

14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon 14), National Institute for Japanese Linguistic (Tokyo, Japan, July, 25-27, 2014).

LARP VII (Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology 7) (Aix-en-Provence, France, September 3-5, 2014).

La Comunicazione Parlata. International Congress of GSCP-SLI (Gruppo di Studio sulla Comunicazione Parlata -Società di Linguistica Italiana) (Naples, June 13-15, 2016)

2nd PaPE Conference: Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (Cologne, Germany, June 12-14, 2017)

Member of the Scientific Committee and referee of National Conferences:

  • V National Congress of Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV): La dimensione temporale del parlato (Zurich, February, 4-6, 2009);
  • VI National Congress of Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV): Le dimensioni dell'interazione vocale (Naples, February 3-5, 2010).
  • VII National Congress of Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV): Contesto comunicativo e variabilità nella produzione e percezione della lingua (Lecce, January 26-28, 2011);
  • VIII National Congress of Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV): La voce nelle applicazioni, (Rome, January 25-27, 2012)
  • XXXVIII Annual Congress of Società Italiana di Glottologia (SIG): La nozione di classico in Linguistica (Bologna, October 24-26 ottobre).
  • XI National Congress of Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV): Il farsi e il disfarsi del linguaggio. L’emergere, il mutamento e la patologia della struttura sonora del linguaggio(Bologna, January 28-30, 2015)
  • XII National Congress of Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce AISV): La fonetica sperimentale nell’insegnamento e nell’apprendimento delle lingue straniere (Salerno, January 27-29, 2016).
  • XIII National Congress of Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV): Origini e funzioni della variazione fonetica. Fattori biologici e sociali a confronto (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, January 25-27, 2017).
  • XIV National Congress of Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV): Speech in the Natural context. Models and Methods for the analysis of speech under real communicative conditions (Bolzano, January 25-27, 2018).

Grant proposal reviewer activity

2012- present MIUR reviewer of research grant proposals in the field of Linguistics (SIR 2014, PRIN 2015, PRIN 2016).

2014 Reviewer of a research project submitted to the Annual Research Funding Program of Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

2017 Reviewer of a research project in the ERC field SH4_9 (Theoretica linguistics; Computational Linguistics) submitted to the University of Udine.

Institutional activities

2001- 2013 Member of the Board of the PhD in Linguistica italiana, then Filologie del Medioevo e Rinascimento e Linguistica, University of Florence.

2013-present Member of the Board of the PhD in Lingue, Letterature e Culture Comparate, University of Florence

Editorial Responsabilities

2015 – Associate Editor of Collana di Studi AISV (AISV Studies Series)

Other activities

2016-2018 Vice President of the Associazione Nazionale di Scienze della Voce (AISV).

2015- Elective council member of GSCP (Italian Linguistic Society Interest Group in Speech Communication - Gruppo di Studio sulla Comunicazione Parlata, Società di Linguistica Italiana).

2007-2011 Elective council member of the International Phonetic Association (IPA).

2013 Co-organizer of the XXXVIII Annual Congress of the Società Italiana di Glottologia (SIG), La nozione di Classico in Linguistica, Bologna University, October 24-26, 2013.

2015 Co-organizer of the XI National Congress of the Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (AISV), Language acquisition and language loss. Acquisition, change and disorders of the language sound structure, Bologna, January 28-30 2015.