Full professor of Germanic Philology, from 1986 to 1993 at the
Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Tuscia (Viterbo), from 1993
to 2012 at the Faculty of
Arts and Humanities in Arezzo,
University of Siena,
and from 2012 to 2015 at the
Department of Philology and Literary Criticism
of the same university. He previously held the position of assistant
professor of Germanic Philology at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the
University of Florence (1975‒1986).
Icelandic) grammatical literature of the Middle Ages;
History of the Scandinavian languages in the Middle Ages; Grapho-phonemics of the Germanic languages;
Glossography in medieval Scandinavia; Old Scandinavian literature concerning geography and travels. (See
Academic, scientific, and editorial offices:
‒ Member of the Advisory Board of the
International Saga Conference)
for the period
Chairman of the Italian Society
for Germanic Philology (Associazione Italiana di Filologia Germanica)
from 2003 to 2008, for two consecutive terms.
Director of the Department of
Modern Literature and Language Studies (Dipartimento di Letterature Moderne e
Scienze dei Linguaggi)
of the University of Siena from 1999 to
2005, for two consecutive terms.
Director of the
School for Text Sciences at the University of Siena (2010‒2011) and coordinator of the
Section 'Germanic Philology
and Linguistics' of the same doctoral school (2003‒2011). He previously directed the
PhD Programme in Germanic Philology and Linguistics
of the University of Siena (1998‒2003).
‒ Editor-in-chief of the journal
– Germanic Philology,
published under the auspices of the Italian Society for Germanic Philology,
from 2009 (year of foundation of the
journal) to 2016 .
Teaching activity (1986‒2015):
Besides yearly introductory courses to historical
and comparative Germanic linguistics, he held courses on subjects relating to the
principal linguistic and cultural areas of the Germanic Middle Ages. Among
these are: Old English and Old Icelandic geographic and travel literature;
Scientific and pseudo-scientific literature of medieval Germany and England; Old Icelandic skald
sagas; The literary civilization of the Goths; Runic writing and the Latin
alphabet; Literary documents of Viking Age England; Norwegian kings' sagas;
Medieval Germanic grammatical texts; Old and Middle English poetry. He also
collaborated to the
teaching of General Linguistics with courses on language change.