Dr Ettore Marchetti
Lecturer in Italian (E&S)
CV for Dr Ettore Marchetti
After my Laurea in Italian Studies (University of L’Aquila, 2002), I completed a Master in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language at the University of Padova. From 2008 to 2015 I taught Italian Language in American Universities as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and I obtained a PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, with a dissertation on the linguistic features of dialogues in contemporary Italian cinema, with particular focus on the genre of comedy. Before returning to Exeter, where I worked from 2015 to 2017 as an Associate Lecturer, I taught Italian Language and History of the Italian Language at the University College Dublin, and Italian Language at the Language Centre of Verona University in Italy. I have published articles in the field of Italian Linguistics, particularly on the relation between new linguistic tendencies and the language of mass media.
My main research interest is the process of change under which the Italian language is going, and the ways such renovation interacts with/is affected by mass media, especially cinema and television. My research focuses on the relation between mass media and the tendencies of contemporary language. I am interested in analyzing how they reflect everyday speech, which linguistic features are more commonly produced by TV shows, films, newspapers, and blogs, and to what extent mass media can be studied as an accurate representation of contemporary language. I am also trying to look at the problem from another perspective: what type of uses mass media make of Italians’ linguistic habits? What are the peculiarities (if any) of mass media language?
A related secondary area of interest focuses on yet another aspect of contemporary Italian: it is the way in which the power of language is used to convey political meaning. My intention is to look at this process as it applies to political movements and events of the recent past, with particular focus on the years of terrorism.