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Federica Formato

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Federica Formato

Confucious Institute



My Role

Teaching Experience in HE

  • 2016 Associate Lecturer (Understanding Media), Lancaster University
  • 2016 Associate Tutor in English Language (Language and Meaning), Edge Hill University
  • 2016 Lecturer (Sociolinguistic approaches to variation), Edge Hill University
  • 2016 Lecturer (Introduction to Multimodality), Westminster University
  • 2016 Lecturer (Corpus Linguistics), Salford University
  • 2016 Visiting Lecturer (Language and Gender), Westminster University
  • 2015/2016 Associate Tutor in English Language (Language and Gender), Edge Hill University
  • 2015 EAP Tutor, Lancaster University
  • 2015 Lecturer, 'Research Methods in Linguistics', Liverpool Hope University
  • 2015 Lecturer, 'Communication Techniques',  Middlesex University
  • 2014-2015 Part-time tutor, 'The Language of Advertising', Lancaster University
  • 2013-2014 Part-time tutor,'The Language of Advertising', Lancaster University
  • 2013 Lecturer,'Framing the news' (University of Central Lancashire
  • 2010-2011 Teaching Assistant, 'Language and Gender' and 'Introductions to Sociolinguistics', The University of Manchester

Teaching Experience

  • 2009-2012 Italian Teacher (design of 10-week courses, half- and final- term exams), Cactus Language, Manchester


I am a linguist interested in gender, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, sexist language and Italian. I finished my PhD in 2014 at Lancaster University (title: Language and Gender in the Italian parliament).

My publication record features  a paper titled 'Linguistic markers of sexism in Italy: the case of Ministra and Ministro' (forthcoming in Corpora). In this paper I investigate grammatical gender forms, more specifically, the marked (feminine, Ministra) and unmarked (masculine, Ministro) form of Ministr- (Minister) when used to refer to and talk about Italian female ministers in the las t 3 governments (Monti, Letta and Renzi).

In 2017, Gender and Language will publish my paper on the topic of sexist attacks towards female politicians in Italy. In this paper I discuss a methodological approach to language use which takes into consideration communicative functions (e.g. gossip, stereotypes and self-representation). Sexual terms have been investigated when used to attack female politicians from Berlusconi's party as well as Movimento 5 stelle and other Italian political parties.

I am under contract with Palgrave MacMillan for a manuscript titled "Gender, Ideology and Discourse in Italian" (provisional title) in which I discuss my past and current research on grammatical gender and discourse in the Italian context. This is a very ambitious project as it is the first publication in English on the topic. Year of publication 2018.

I have a considerable teaching experience in UK institutions (The University of Manchester, UCLan, Lancaster University, Liverpool Hope University, Middlesex University, Edge Hill University, Westminster University, Loughborough University and Salford University).

I am a Member of the Advisory Board of IGALA (International Gender and Language Association) and I coordinate its blog, see here: http://igalaweb.wix.com/igala#!igala-blog/cbfq.

At the moment I am working on the second phase of a project with the Equality and Diversity office at Lancaster University investigating  gender inclusiveness in job ads.

You can find more info here: http://federicaformato.wix.com/federicaformato

External Roles

I am a member of the Advisory Board of IGALA (International Language and Gender Association). I coordinate the IGALAblog (http://igalaweb.wix.com/igala#!igala-blog/cbfq) and I am in the organizing commitee of IGALA9 (Hong Kong, 16-19 May 2016)

Other Interests and Hobbies

I write a weekly column on language and gender in Italian, Lingua di Genere.

Contact me

federicaformato dot ac at gmail dot com

twitter: @federicalancs

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