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Prof. Franco Pierno joins the ISSNAF Scientific Council



Warmest congratulations!


Franco Pierno, born in Canada and educated in Europe, received his Laurea in the History of the Italian Language from the University of Pavia. He then obtained a Ph.D. in Romance Philology by completing a thesis on Italian Linguistics at the University of Strasbourg. 

He is currently a Full Professor in Italian Linguistics at the University of Toronto, Canada, and an "Accademico della Crusca" (Florence). He was trained in Italian Lexicography at the Lessico Etimologico Italiano (Saarbrücken) under the supervision of Max Pfister (†). Before coming to Toronto, he taught at the universities of Strasbourg, Basel, and Neuchâtel. 

He has also been invited as a visiting researcher by the following academic institutions: John Carter Brown Library (Brown University); Centro di Dialettologia della Svizzera Italiana (Bellinzona); Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Tours); Fondation Maison Sciences de l'Homme (Paris, France); Université de Bordeaux; TU Universität Dresden.

Since 2021, he has been supervising the research group "OIM Canada-USA-Puerto Rico", NorthAmerican chapter of the Osservatorio degli Italianismi nel Mondo (OIM), one of the fundamental research projects of the Accademia della Crusca. The program, directed by Matthias Heinz and Lucilla Pizzolli, aims to create a database that will serve as a collection of all Italian words and words of Italian origin that are used in other languages.


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