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Department of Italian

Welcome to the Department of Italian.

Please click on the links or use the menu options given on the left. On this site, you will find extensive information about the Department of Italian and the undergraduate and graduate courses which we offer.

You will also find information about the wealth of resources and online resources which are available to the department, as well as about our staff and their research interests which cover a wide range of specialisms. There are also sections detailing news and forthcoming events, the student Italian Society and other topics of interest. There is a link to the extensive Italian Collections at the University Library here:

The Department of Italian is happy to answer any questions that current or prospective staff and students may have. You will find contact details here.

Why Study Italian? Click and scroll down here for a short film about studying Italian at University.

NEWS: May 2016. The department congratulates Luigi Andriani (PhD candidate) who has won a very prestigious prize from the Linguistics Association of Great Britain. The prize is a Bursary, awarded for the best student abstract submitted for the LAGB annual conference. The organisers of the conference were particularly impressed with Gigi's submission in the light of the fact that they received more than 150 abstracts for consideration.

NEWS: January 2016. The department is delighted to congratulate Professor Adam Ledgeway, who will receive an honorary PhD from the University of Bucharest next week: Ledgeway PhD.

July 2015. Professor Robert Gordon, Serena Professor of Italian, has been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy:

NEWS: Top ranking for Italian department.

NEW TO OUR WEBSITE: The Romance Linguistics Seminar

Graduate Study: All prospective Masters (M Phil) and doctoral (PhD) students should contact Robert Gordon (

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Latest News

British Academy Conference: ‘Distant and Neglected Voices: Women in the History of Linguistics'

1 June 2016

A British Academy conference entitled ‘Distant and Neglected Voices: Women in the History of Linguistics’ will take place on 28-29 June 2016, at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG.

From Mothers to Citizens: Italian Women from Unification to the Republic.

13 May 2016

The Department of Italian is hosting an upcoming conference entitled 'From Mothers to Citizens: Italian Women from Unification to the Republic. '

Italian Research Seminars, Easter Term 2016

18 April 2016

Research Events in Italian Studies programme for Easter Term 2016.