Language beyond the academy

There’s more to studying language, and writing about language, than publishing papers in academic journals. Language is an essential part of human life and society. It’s something we constantly talk about, evaluate, and often criticize — privately and in public. As a professional linguist, I strive to contribute to these conversations through my work as a freelance writer for Italian magazine Rivista Studio, a venue specializing in issues across culture, society, history and politics.

In my pieces, I leverage my knowledge about linguistic science to discuss specific language-related phenomena, as well as to engage (and sometimes challenge) pervasive ideological views about particular linguistic practices. Here are some representative samples of this work:

Italians’ obsession with the subjunctive mood

Everyone’s obsession with the word literally

Umarell: behind a global success story

Al fresco dining, smart working: the hidden corners of pandemic lexicon