Luisanna Fodde, Cagliari 18/2/1958

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Married since 1983. 2 daughters.


Full professor of English language and Linguistics, Faculty of Economics, Cagliari University (undergraduate course in Business and Management, undergraduate course in Economics and Finance, undergraduate and graduate course in Tourism management; undergraduate courses in Language and Communication, Language and Cultures for Mediation)

Novembre 2006 – present:  Director, Language Center, University of Cagliari.

May 2013- Member AICLU (Associazione Italiana Centri Linguistici Universitary) National Board.

1 June 2006 – 31 December 2011:  Director, Department of Economic and Commercial Sciences.


From 2001 to 2006 responsible  for the assistant and tutoring of disabled students, Faculty of Economics.

From 2004 to 2007, responsible for external services and communication, Faculty of Economics.

From 2004 to 2006, vice-director  of the University Language Centre .

Dal 2001 al 2005 Direttore Vicario del Dipartimento di Ricerche Aziendali: Economia, Diritto e Comunicazione.

From February 2007 to July 2011, member  of the Technical and Scientific Board of the Regional Project called “Sardegna Speaks English”, funded by the European Union for the spread of the English language among Sardinian citizens.

From 2006 to 2011 Erasmus-Globus coordinator, Faculty of Economics.


1981: Ma in Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Cagliari:  grades:  110/110 magna cum laude and Printing permission to the dissertation “African-American Autobiographies in 19th- Century America”.


1982: National Competition for the teaching of English language and literature in High School.

1982: Winner, National competition for 1 University post as full time Researcher in English Language, Faculty of Economics, Cagliari University.

1998: Winner of the National competition for 13 posts of Associate Professors, English Language and Linguistics.

2004: Winner, National competition for 1 post as Full Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Economics, Cagliari University.


1983: University of Cincinnati, Ohio: Department of African American Studies

1984, 1985: Reserach on African-American Women’s literature,  New York Public Library.

1987, 1988: Research on American dialects, British Library, London .

1989: Research on Noah Webster, Rice University Library, Houston, Texas.

1990, 1991, 1993, 1994: word formation and history of American-English, British Library, London.

1997, 1998, 1999; 2000; 2001: Africanan-American Vernacular English, British Library, London.

2005: language and space in Italian- American fiction, New York Public Library.


– English (academic level);

– French (B1-B2: intermediate);

– Spanish (B1: pre-intermediate);

– Russian (elementary);


1981- present: periodical yearly collaboration at the press office during The Championships, Wimbledon, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club as senior press assistant.

1984-1985: US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York (press office);

1987-88: Italian teacher for a group of American soldiers deployed at the Nato base in Decimomannu (Cagliari). 


2014- present: Member, Board of Directors, Tennis Europe.

2014- present: President, Development Committee, Tennis Europe.

2013- present: member of the Fed Cup Committee, International Tennis Federation;

2005 – 2013  member of Tennis Europe Development Committee on behalf of the Italian Tennis Federation.

2007- 2013: member of the Olypic Committee, International Tennis Federation. Participation  to the Beijing 2007  and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

1981: work experience at the Italian Tennis Open;

1985- 1992- 2001: Head of the players’ and information office during the Davis Cup ties held in Cagliari: Italy vs. Sweden; Italy vs. Hungary; Italy vs. Finland

1980-2003: Head of the players and information office during the International Tennis Tournaments organized by the association Tennis Club Cagliari.


2006, Vienna, Austria

2007, Vigo, Spain;

2010, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, USA

2011, Seville, Spain

2012, Northeastern University Boston, USA


May 30th 2014: AICLU annual conference, Torino, Italy.

November 22-24, 2012: Tourists and Tourism in Language and Linguistics, Cagliari, Italy

May 26-28 2011: SLIN workshop (The Society for the Study of the History of English in Italy). Conference co-organizer

Rome 14-16 April 2011: International Conference on Specialized Genres. Past Present and Future, University of Rome 4;

2009; 2010; 2011: AEGEE (European Association of Economics Students): European Day of Languages

ANILS (National Association of Language Teachers), regional meetings 2010-2011;

2009, 24-27 September: AIA National Conference (Italian Association of English Studies), Rome,

“Sardegna-Irlanda, Sotto due cieli diversamente azzurri”, Facoltà di Economia, Facoltà di Lingue, Università di Cagliari, 23 novembre 2007;

“Small Business Banking”, Facoltà di Economia, 24-26 maggio 2007;

Presentazione volume “Figli e Padri” di Gianfranco Petrillo, Facoltà di Economia, Università di Cagliari, 12 gennaio 2007.

XXII Convegno AIA, Cagliari, 15-17 settembre 1995.


Collaboration with a group of colleagues of the Faculty of Economics, Cagliari University, in the revision and translation process of articles and books on Corporate Finance, Economy of Public Enterprises, Financial Intermediaries, International Economics.

Revision of  “How to deal with the new rating culture”, a practical guide published by the European Commission, edited by prof. Riccardo Delisa, McKinsey & Company Inc. and System Consulting Network s.r.l. (2005).


Translantion into English of the web site of the Calasetta winery, including wine descriptions and online sale stages (2005-2006).

Coordination and revision of the translation in English of the web site (3.600 web pages, January-May 2007).

Translation in English of the Commercial Agreement between the Sardinian Government and Harrods Ltd (April-May 2007)


1981: AISNA (Associazione Italiana Studi Nord-Americani) Bologna;

1985: AISNA L’Aquila;

1988: EAAS (European Association of American Studies), Berlino Ovest;

1990: AIA (Associazione Italiana di Anglistica), Pisa;

1990: III Convegno Nazionale di Storia della Lingua Inglese, Roma;

1990 e 1991: “Black History Month Celebrations”, Base Nato Decimomannu (Cagliari);

1991: Associazione Italia-Inghilterra, Cagliari;

1992: EAAS (European Association for American Studies) Siviglia;

1993: VI Convegno Nazionale di Storia della Lingua Inglese, Urbino;

1994: “Black History Month Celebrations”, Base Aerea di Aviano;

1994: Convegno Nazionale “Lo Straniero”, Facoltà di Lettere e Magistero, Università di Cagliari;

1997: VII Convegno Nazionale di Storia della Lingua Inglese, Santa Margherita Ligure;

1997: Convegno “Le Attività dei Centri Linguistici in una dimensione Europea”, Centro Linguistico di Ateneo, Cagliari;

1997: The International Conference of World Englishes, Singapore;

1998: I Convegno CERCLES (Associazione Centri Linguistici Europei), Bergamo;

1999: VIII Convegno Nazionale di Storia della Lingua Inglese, Napoli; Convegno Nazionale Associazione Italiana Anglistica, Milano, Università Statale; RMMLA Conference (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association) Santa Fe, New Mexico;

2000: ESSE Conference (European Society for the Study of English), Helsinki, Finland;

2001: CAAR (Collegium of African-American Research) Conference, Santa Margherita di Pula, Cagliari: Presidenza Sezione Linguistica; Convegno ANILS (Associazione Italiana Insegnanti Lingue Straniere), Cagliari; X SLIN Conference (Associazione Italiana Storia della Lingua Inglese), Pavia; Convegno Nazionale Associazione Italiana Anglistica, Catania.; Anno Europeo delle Lingue, Napoli, Convegno Nazionale;

2002: Cipro, Convegno Internazionale, “Invitation au Voyage”, 13-15 novembre

2003: Modena, XXI Convegno Associazione Italiana Anglistica, 26-28 Settembre

2003: Cagliari, Centro Linguistico di Ateneo, Corso Aggiornamento ANILS-CLA Cagliari-CLA Sassari, 1 Ottobre.

2003: Vigo, Spagna, II DICOEN Conference (Discourse, Communications and the Enterprise) 12-16 Novembre

2004: Verona, X ICAME (International Conference on Corpus Linguistics) 14-18 maggio

2004: Milano ESP Conference, Nov- 11-13, Facoltà di Scienze Politiche

2004: Cagliari, Facoltà di Economia, Giornata Europea delle Lingue, 24 novembre

2004: Milano, Bocconi 3 dicembre: L’insegnamento delle Lingue nelle Facoltà di Economia

2005: Cagliari, XXII Convegno Associazione Italiana di Anglistica, 15-17 settembre

2006: London, ESSE CONFERENCE (European Society for the Study of English), 3-7 settembre.

2006: Cagliari, Convegno Nazionale ANILS (Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti Lingue Straniere), 30 Novembre.

2006: Brescia, Università Cattolica, Convegno Nazionale “Travelling Texts, reisende Texte”, 21 dicembre.

2007: Bari, XXIII Convegno Associazione Italiana di Anglistica, 17-19 settembre;

2007: Cagliari, “Convegno Lingua e Identità” (Facoltà di Lingue e Facoltà di Economia), 23 novembre.

2008: Università degli Studi di Verona, Convegno Internazionale “GlobEng”, 14-16 Febbraio;

2009: Università di Verona, Convegno Internazionale “American English-es. Linguistic and socio-cultural perspectives” 26 maggio 2009;

2009: Roma AIA, “Challenges for the 21s centuries, dilemmas Ambiguities, Directions” 1-3 ottobre;

2009: Cagliari ANILS Convegno Nazionale “Una Scuola che Parla”, 5-6 novembre;

2009: Università Milano Bicocca “Specialised usages of English in Economic and Business Discourses”, 12-13 novembre.

2010: Cagliari, Seminario Lend “Perché usare la lavagna luminosa?” 23 marzo;

2010: Kuala Lumpur(Malesia), International Seminar LSP 2010, 4-5 Maggio;

2011:  Rome 14-16 April 2011: International Conference on Specialized Genres. Past Present and Future, University of Rome 4;

2011: Cagliari 12-14 May. International conference “Metaphors and Communication” Cagliari University

2011: September 8-11 Hong Kong: DICOEN VI (Discourse Communication and the Enterprise), The Hong Kong Polythecnic

2012: 26-28 ottobre. International Conference on Sustainable Religious Tourism. Lecce, Italy.

2012: 4-6 ottobre, XVIII Seminario AICLU, Università della Calabria, Italy

2012: 22-23 Novembre, Tourism and Tourists in Language and Linguistics, Cagliari, Italy.

2013: 10-13 December, ALAPP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2014: 4 February-March 1st: II seminario sull’opera di Andrea Camilleri.

2014: 16 May, Sassari University Language Centre.


Articles and Conference Proceedings

  1.  1. “Scrittura autobiografica puritana e non puritana nel Settecento      americano”, RSA n II,      Piovan Editore, 1982;
  2. “Exaltation      and Embellishment of the Self in Frederick Douglass”, Cincinnati, Ohio:      C.I.P. eds, 1982;
  3. “Alienazione e Consapevolezza Culturale: l’Emergere della      Letteratura Chicana”, Cagliari: ISCA, 1983;
  4. “Maud      Martha: Life and Imagination of a Black Girl/Woman in America’s Late Forties and      Early Fifties”, RSA n. IV,      Piovan 1986;
  5. “Segregazione Razziale negli Stati Uniti d’America: le decisioni      della Corte Suprema”, Quaderni      di Lingue Straniere della Facolta’ di Economia e Commercio di Cagliari,      n. 4, 1986;
  6. “Ricordo di Bernard Malamud”, Annali della Facolta’ di Economia e Commercio, 1987 Franco      Angeli Editore;
  7. “1787-1987: La       Costituzione degli Stati Uniti 200 anni dopo”, Annali della Facolta’ di Economia,      Franco Angeli, 1987;
  8. “Zora      Neale Hurston, The Black Woman, The Black Woman Writer in the Thirties and      Forties” Looking Inward,      Looking Outward from the 1930s through the 1940s, Vu University Press,      Amsterdam      1990;
  9. “Le Voci delle Donne Nero-americane: Immagini, Scrittura e Storie      da Riscoprire” I Linguaggi      della Passione, a cura di R.Rutelli e A. Johnson, Udine: Campanotto      Editore, 1990;
  10. “Immigrazione e Minoranze: l’Esempio degli Stati Uniti”, Atti Incontri di Studio Associazione      Italia-Inghilterra, Cagliari, Stef, 1992;
  11. “The United State Culture: a Multhi Ethnic Approach by a Foreign      Observer” Annali Facolta’ di      Economia, vol. VIII, Franco Angeli 1993;
  12. “Noah Webster: An Example of Civility and Wildness in Language      Reform”, Annali della Facolta’      di Economia, Vol IX, Franco Angeli 1994;
  13. “Noah Webster’s      Dictionaries”, Aspects of      English and Italian Lexicology and Lexicography;
  14. “Word-Formation      in American English. A Historical      Perspective.” Annali della      Facolta’ di Economia e Commercio, Universita’      di Cagliari, Vol. X, Milano: F. Angeli 1994
  15. “Grandiloquence      and Hyperbole: Word Formation in American English during the Westward      Migration”,  Historical English Word-Formation,      Papers Read at the Sixth National Conference of the History of English,      Quattroventi, Urbino 1994, pp. 229-238;
  16. “L’elemento straniero nell’inglese d’America. Analisi      filologico-culturale dell’inglese d’America”, Atti convegno Nazionale “Lo Straniero”, Roma, Bulzoni 1996;
  17. “Vox contra Littera: inglese britannico e Inglese Americano in      contrasto”, Annali della Facoltà di      Economia, Vol XII, Franco Angeli 1996;
  18. ”      Talking Black, Talking White, Talking Right: Language Policy and Language      Power in the Ebonics Controversy”, Annali della Facoltà di Economia, Vol XV, Franco Angeli 1999;
  19. 19. ” Economical, Anti-Economical and Parasitic Features in Advertising English” Atti Convegno Nazionale AIA, 21-15 Settembre 1999, Milano: Unicopli 2002
  20. 20. ” The Affective Quality of Some Effective Particles: the Tense-Aspect System in African-American Vernacular English English Diachronic Pragmatics (Atti IX Convegno SLIN, Napoli 1999), Pubblicazioni dell’Istituto Suor Orsola Benincasa, CUEN Napoli 2000;
  21. 21. ” An identity passport: Style shifting, Historical Contextual Adjustment and Socio-Historical Constraints in African American  Vernacular English (AAVE)”, TEXTUS English Studies in Italy, anno XIV, n. 2, 2002.
  22. “The Bidialectism and Bilingualism controversies: an      International Perspective”, Annali della Facoltà di Economia,      Vol XVI, Franco Angeli 2000;
  23. “Dialetti, bilinguismo e globalizzazione: la lingua inglese nel      terzo millennio”, I Temi, anno VI, marzo 2000,      pp. 81-96

24. “In search of a standard: Euro-English or Global English?”, I Temi, anno VII, gennaio 2001.

25. “Communication on the Web: the English Language and the Internet”, Annali della Facoltà di Economia, vol. XVII, Franco Angeli, 2001;

26. “From Federal English to English-Only legislation: Attitudes towards Standard English in the US”, Atti X Convegno Nazionale SLIN, Pavia 2001;

27. “Ethnic Dialects and Mainstream English in the U.S.A.: An analysis of socio-linguistic rites of passage”, Atti Convegno Nazionale AIA, Catania 2000, (Catania, 2004)

28. “Il nemico è l’inglese globale: le altre lingue inglesi (e non solo) attaccano”, Parlare è Comunicare?  A cura di A. Corrado e G. Di Martino, Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane 2003. ISBN 88-495-0832-8

29. “Language Power and Language Restrictionism in the United States and Europe”, The History of English and the Dynamics of Power, E. Barisone, M.L. Maggioni, P. Tornaghi editors, Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso 2004. ISBN: 88-7694-475-3

30. “Cross Cultural Representations in Tourist Discourse: The Image of Sardinia in English Tourist Guides”, ” in Cross-cultural encounters – Linguistic Perspectives, Bondi, M. and Maxwell, N. eds. Rome: Officina Edizioni. (co-autore Olga Denti), 2005; ISBN: 8887570906

31. “”Comunicazione e nuova economia. Analisi di un corpus linguistico”, Gli insegnamenti linguistici nel nuovo ordinamento: lauree triennali e specialistiche dell’area economico-giuridica, XIII Incontro del Centro Linguistico Università Bocconi, 27 Novembre 2004, (L. Schena, C. Preite, S. Vecchiato ed.), Milano: Egea 2005 – 978-88-238-4213-7

32. “Tourist Discorse as a new teaching tool for studying language and culture”, Ricerca e didattica nei Centri Linguistici di Ateneo, a cura di H. Bowles, J. Douthwaite, D. F. Virdis, Cagliari, CUEC  2006.

33. “Mental Maps and Language Maps: a Multidisciplinary approach”, Cityscapes: Islands of the Self, Vol 2, Language Studies. VARI. – CAGLIARI: CUEC vol. 2, p. 1-588, ISBN: 978-88-8467-394-7

34. “ESP teaching in university settings. The case of Cagliari’s Facuty of Economics”. Linguistica. Linguaggi Specialistici. Didattica delle Lingue. Studi in onore di Leo Schena, G. Garzone e R. Salvi eds., Roma: CISU 2007. ISBN 978-88-7975-402-5.

35. “African American English: Race, Ethnicity and Language Diversity in the U.S.A.”, English but not quite the same, O. Palusci, Tagram edizioni scientifiche TRENTO 2010 ISBN: 9788864580074

36. “The dialogic dimension in Tourist Discourse”, Language and Bias: Focus on Specialized Texts. Garzone, G., Poncini, G. and Catenaccio, P. eds., Milano : CUEM, 2008 Mar. – ISBN 978-88-6001-178-7.

37. “Do you speak American? Politiche e Identità linguistiche negli USA”, NAE, Cagliari: CUEC, 2008.

38. “Il discorso turistico come valido strumento nella didattica dell’inglese specialistico”, Atti convegno TRAVELLING TEXTS – reisende TEXTE, Prospettive Linguistiche e Traduttologiche negli Studi sul Turismo, Brescia, 21 dicembre 2006, in press.

39. “The city as text: ethnic space and language memories in New York’s Italian-American community”, Keeping the lid on – Urban eruptions and social control in the 19th and 20th centuries, S. Trouve-Finding and C. Poirier eds., Cambridge Press Scholars, ISBN(13): 978-1-4438-2150-6

40. ““American English and the politics of place: new and old dilemmas, ambiguities and directions”, (Atti XXIII Convegno AIA, 1-3 Ottobre 2009 (in press).

42-  “As you can see in this chart: business metaphors in the Economist newsletter. A case for authentic materials in L2 classrooms”, RILA , anno XLII n. 3 Settembre-Dicembre 2010 (ISSN 0033-9725);

43- “The analysis of metaphorical business trends and causes in The Economist newsletter”, Proceedings LSP 2010: 7th International Language for Specific Purposes seminar “Glocalisation of New Literacies” (ISBN 978-983-9805-99-4).

44- 2011. ”American Englishes and the Politics of Place: New and Old Dilemmas, Ambiguities and Directions”, in Challenges for the 21st Century: Dilemmas, Ambiguities, Directions, Papers from the 24th AIA Conference, edited by G. Di Martino, L. Lombardo, S. Nuccorini, Vol. II, Roma: Edizioni Q. pp. 341-348, ISBN: 978-88-903969-8-4.

45- “St. Efisio di Elia. When Religious Tourism Defies Commodification”, Sustainable Religious Tourism: Commandments, Obstacles and Challenges, Lecce: Edizioni Esperidi, 2012: 249-259. ISBN978-88-97895-01-5

46 – “Introduction”, Tourism and Tourists in Language and Linguistics, Textus, 1, 2012, issn: 1824-3967, co-author and co-editor: Georges Van den Abbeele, Roma Carocci, 2012, PP. 3-16

47- “Introduction”, Historical Perspectives on Forms of English Dialogues, Franco Angeli, 978-88-204-1384-2, co-author and editor Gabriella Mazzon.


49. Denti O. Fodde L. “The Financial crisis hits it hard: “ Discourse and Crisis: Critical Perspectives, Edited by A. De Rycker and Z. Mohd Don, John Benjamins 2013. ISBN: 978 9027206435

50. 2013 Fodde L. “American English: diversity, ethnicity and the politics of place”, American English-es: Linguistic and Socio-cultural perspectives. R. Cagliero and A. Belladelli edts., Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN (10): 1-4438-4748-8, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4748-3

Single Volumes:

  1. Autobiografie Nere nell’America dell’Ottocento, Cagliari:      Kalb, 1982;
  2. Donne      Nere Cantano: Narrativa Contemporanea Femminile Nero-Americana, Ancona: Il Lavoro Editoriale, 1989; ISBN-10: 8876631585;
  3. Noah      Webster. National Language and Cultural History in The United States (1758-1843),      Padova: Cedam, 1994, pp. 105; ISBN 88-13-18769-6
  4. Political      and Financial Institutions in Great Britain      and the United States, Cagliari, Cuec 1994.      ISBN 88-85998-37-2
  5. Race,      Ethnicity and Dialects: Language Policy in the U.S.A., Milano, Franco Angeli Editore 2002. ISBN 10: 8846439120
  6. Noah      Webster and the First American Dictionary, New        York, the Rosen Publishing Group,      2005. ISBN 0-8122-7778-3

Publications in collaboration 

21st-Century Business English, Cedam, Padova 1995 (co-autore: Antonio Mattu)

Editorial Jobs 

Tourism and Tourists in Language and Linguistics, TEXTUS English Studies in Italy, Vol. 1 2012, Roma: Carocci  (co-editor, Georges van Den Abbeele), in print


The following people may provide reference letters on my behalf:

–  Prof. Aldo Pavan, Full Professor of Corporate Management, Department of Economics, Università di Cagliari, Italy

– Prof. Ignazio Putzu, Director, Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics, Università di Cagliari, Italy;

– Ing. Angelo Binaghi, President, Federazione Italiana Tennis, Viale Tiziano 70, 00187 Roma.

– Sarah Clarke,  Championships Director, AELTC, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE

Cagliari, 10 July  2014                                                   Luisanna Fodde

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