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Professor Marina Dossena

English Language

University of Bergamo



Marina Dossena is a Full Professor of English Language at the University of Bergamo, Italy. She previously taught in the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Milan and the Italian Department of the University of Edinburgh, and was Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Her main research interests focus on English historical sociolinguistics, especially in relation to Scots and Scottish English, and on historical pragmatics. Her current research centres on Late Modern English, with special attention given to ‘language history from below’.

She is currently involved in the compilation of a Corpus of 19th-Century Scottish Correspondence, and is co-editor of Token: A Journal of English Linguistics. She serves on the editorial board of several academic journals and her publications include edited and co-edited books, such as, most recently, Knowledge Dissemination in the Long Nineteenth Century (with Stefano Rosso; Cambridge Scholars, 2016).

Marina has been invited to give plenary talks at relevant international conferences, such as ICEHL 15 (Munich 2008) and ESSE 2014 (Košice 2014); in 2017 she will be one of the plenary speakers at the First International Symposium on Approaches to Dialects in English Literature (1500-1950) (Salamanca, 26-27 October 2017).

A list of recent publications (many of which are open-access) is available by clicking here.