Dr Pier Pischedda

Dr Pier Pischedda


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

I started teaching at the University of Leeds in 2011, initially as a Teaching Assistant in the Centre for Translation Studies. In 2012, I started an AHRC-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics whilst working as a Tutor in Linguistics and Translation Studies. I then completed my PhD in 2017 and a couple of years later was promoted to part-time permanent Lecturer. In early 2023, I switched to a full-time permanent role. 

My main research interests lie in historical linguistics and in the use of language in multimodal media (mainly comic books, video games and picture books) across time. Throughout the years, I have also developed a keen interest in other research areas, such as lavender linguistics, language attitudes and constructed languages/cultures.

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, 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. 

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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

I convene various modules across language-related disciplines, such as historical linguistics, language contact, and (inter)cultural 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