My fascination with Language and IT led me to become a linguist, specialised in Corpus and Cognitive Linguistics, and CADS (Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies).

Having worked in several interdisciplinary projects I developed methods and tools to collaborate with different disciplines - from the project design to the data analysis, using Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) - providing a linguistic perspective to better understand the data under investigation.

I actively collaborate with the civic factory OvestLab, applying language and data analysis to projects concerning social inclusion, civic innovation, and urban regeneration.
From February 2019 I am vice-president of CivicWise Italia.


  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • CADS (Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies)
  • Data Analysis
  • Continental Philosophy


  • PhD in Corpus and Cognitive Linguistics, 2015

    Lancaster University

  • MA in Languages, 2010

    Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

  • BA in Languages, 2007

    Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia


Corpus Linguistics

Cognitive Linguistics

Discourse Studies

Data Analysis



Recent News

The role of linguistics in 2019 - humans and AI.

On December 17th Modena Ovest Pavillion opens its doors and launches its activities.

The project, developed by CivicWise Italia, Collettivo Amigdala, IMAGONIRMIA, Architetti Di Strada e Insieme in Quartiere per la Città, is among the winners of the MiBAC prize.

For the second year in a row, Archivio delle Fonti Orali del Villaggio Artigiano di Modena Ovest is .

Un resoconto del panel AISO alla conferenza AIPH 2019.

Recent Publications

Grooming of children online is a legally punishable form of child sexual abuse. In the UK, for instance, the Serious Crime Act makes it …

AFOr è un archivio digitale di fonti orali del Villaggio Artigiano di Modena Ovest nato dal lavoro del Collettivo Amigdala, che dal …

Il Villaggio Artigiano di Modena Ovest è il primo prototipo di questo genere nato (nel 1953) in Italia. Unione di una intuizione del …

This paper addresses creativity as inhibition of repetitive behaviour. We argue that entrenchment and constructional change can be in …


Trust in Crypto-drug Markets

Using Linguistics to profile transactional behaviour in crypto-drug markets.

Cognitive approaches to creativity in language-change.

Approaching creativity in language-change and cognition through Corpus Linguistics methods.

AFOr - Archivio delle Fonti Orali

An open digital archive of oral sources on the ‘Villaggio Artigiano’ neighbourhood (Modena).

Cyber-terrorism - Advanced training in interdisciplinary methods

Using Corpus-Linguistics to understand Jihadist propaganda. - Analisi e modellizzazione dei Poli di innovazione in Toscana

Using language-analysis to evaluate how industrial poles promoted themselves.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

The presentation will discuss the use of Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies (CADS) as an interdisciplinary methodology in order to …

Dalle fonti alla rigenerazione - il Villaggio Artigiano di Modena Ovest e il processo di rigenerazione innescato da OvestLab ed il …

The presentation discusses AFOr (Archivio di Fonti Orali, ‘archive of oral sources’), a multimodal archive on the history of the …

This study tackles the preemptive dimension of interactional exchanges. Dialogues are not merely characterised by speech acts …

In this presentation we will describe a research programme that uses Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies (CADS) as an interdisciplinary …