Department of Italian Seminar - 25 May The Italian Department of the Faculty of Arts is holding a seminar for all students of Italian on "Lessico, dizionari e apprendimento dell’italiano". Professor Tullio De Mauro will speak on "Come si fa un Grande Dizionario" followed by Professor Silvana Ferreri on "Strumenti lessicografici, dizionari e didattica dell’italiano". The seminar is being held with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the good offices of the Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. The seminar will be held on Thursday, 25 May 2006, in Lecture Theatre 2, University of Malta between 11:00hrs and 13:00hrs.

Professor De Mauro teaches general linguistics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and is acclaimed as the foremost linguist in Italy and one of the most esteemed in the world. His best known publication is the Storia linguistica dell'Italia Unita, a highly innovative account of how Italian developed from a literary language to a national language in the last hundred years (12 editions and reprints). Others deal with the philosophy of language and include studies on semantics in Wittgenstein and an edition of Saussure's Cours that has also been published in French and in English. Since the Nineties he has concentrated on lexical studies, producing a Lessico di frequenza dell’italiano parlato (1993) and the Grande Dizionario Italiano dell'Uso in six volumes (UTET 1999), with the pioneering feature of the "marche d’uso" that show the frequency of the word. This contains over 380,000 entries, but smaller versions with 160,000 entries and 65,000 entries respectively have been produced by Paravia with CD-Rom and on-line versions. The latter can even be read on the mobile phone.

Professor Silvana Ferreri teaches at the University of Viterbo and is one of the founders of the GISCEL (Gruppo di Intervento e Studio nel Campo
dell'Educazione Linguistica). Professor De Mauro is also active in public administration, having been Minister of Education in 2000-2001 in the government led by Giuliano Amato and is the Mayor of Rome’s delegate for University affairs.

Former Honours students and teachers of Italian are welcome