Prof. Franco Pierno

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (Episcopal Seminary of Pavia), M.A. (Laurea) in History of Italian Language (Pavia), Ph.D. (Doctorat) in Linguistics (Strasbourg) – Associate of Trinity College

franco.pierno@utoronto.ca / Personal website

  • Associate Professor, Italian Linguistics;
  • Graduate Coordinator and Associate Chair;
  • Associate of Trinity College;
  • Fields of interest: History of Italian Language, Italian Lexicography, Italian Language and Religion, Linguistic Aspects of Jesuit Relations (17th century), Italian Protestant Literature (16th century);
  • Authored books: Gli Apologi di Bernardino Ochino, Manziana, Vecchiarelli, 2013; Stampa meretrix. Scritti quattrocenteschi contro la stampa, Venezia, Marsilio, 2011; “Postille spiritual et moral“, Venise 1517. Etude historique, analyse linguistique, glossaire et édition du premier commentaire biblique imprimé en langue vulgaire italienne, Strasbourg, Société de Linguistique Romane, 2008 (Bibliothèque de Linguistique Romane, n. 3; the Universities of Strasbourg Prize for Doctoral Thesis, 2004; University of Strasbourg Publication Subvention Fellowship, 2007);
  • Edited books: Italofonie. Risvolti identitari e culturali della lingua italiana nei piccoli Stati e nelle realtà territoriali esigue, Atti del Convegno internazionale (15 marzo 2007, Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg), prefazione di Nicoletta Maraschio, presidente dell’Accademia della Crusca, Strasbourg, Publications du Conseil de l’Europe, 2008; Aspects lexicographiques du contact entre les langues dans l’espace roman, Strasbourg, Université de Strasbourg, 2008 (special issue of the journal ReCHERches. Culture et Histoire dans l’Espace Roman n. 1);
  • Collaborator at the Lessico Etimologico Italiano (2003-2008), directed by Prof. Max Pfister;
  • Articles and essays published in Lingua nostra, Romance Philology, Vox Romanica, Romanische Sprachgeschichte. Histoire des langues romanes (HSK), Italica; and in the proceedings of the Congrès International de Linguistique et Philologie Romane (2004; 2007) and of the Congress of the Società di Linguistica Italiana (2005);
  • Translation: J. Giono, Il disastro di Pavia, Pavia, TCP, 2002 (Le désastre de Pavie, Paris, Gallimard, 1963).