Dr Pier Pischedda

Dr Pier Pischedda


I am currently a Lecturer in Linguistics and Intercultural Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

I was originally a Study Abroad student at the University of Leeds in 2009. After graduating with a BA in Japanese and American Studies at the University of Turin (Italy) in 2010, I moved back to the UK where I completed an MA in Applied Translation Studies at the University of Leeds. Soon after that, I started an AHRC-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics, which I completed in 2017.

I started teaching at Leeds University in 2011, originally as a Teaching Assistant in the Centre for Translation Studies then, during my PhD, I worked as a Tutor in Linguistics and Phonetics and was then promoted to permanent Lecturer in 2019.

My main research interests lie in historical linguistics and in the use of language in multimodal media (mainly comic books) across time. In recent years, I have also developed a keen interest in other research areas, such as language attitudes, language change, and multilingualism.

On the side, I am also the owner of a sole trader business, established in 2011, through which I provide computational linguistics and translation services to various companies.

I try to bring my passion for linguistics, languages, and education into every lecture and seminar that I teach – always striving to create an enjoyable learning experience for all my students.

Research interests

My main fields of expertise are historical linguistics, multimodality, translation studies, language attitudes and intercultural studies. I have conducted and published research on the use and translation of sound symbolism in multimodal media, mainly comic books and literature for young readers. I am interested in supervising projects that focus on Italian, English, French, Spanish and/or Japanese, particularly if they possess a multimodal and cross-disciplinary approach.

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  • PhD Applied Linguistics, University of Leeds (2017)
  • MA Applied Translation Studies, University of Leeds (2011)
  • BA Japanese & American Studies, University of Turin (Italy) (2010)

Student education

My teaching experience spans various language-related disciplines. Throughout the years, I have taught modules on Theoretical and Historical Linguistics, Culture, Multilingualism, Translation Studies, and Intercultural Studies.

Research groups and institutes

  • Linguistics and Phonetics
  • Italian
  • Language variation
  • Multimodality
  • Translation
  • Japanese
  • Multilingualism
  • Visual Media and Communication
  • Cultural studies
  • Popular culture
  • Linguistics and Translation
  • Gender
  • Digital Cultures
  • Literary studies