Dr Pier Pischedda

Dr Pier Pischedda


I am currently employed as a Tutor in Applied and Historical Linguistics in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

After graduating in Japanese and American Studies at the University of Turin (Italy) in 2010, I moved to the UK where I completed my MA in Applied Translation Studies at the University of Leeds. Soon after that, I started a Doctorate program in Applied Linguistics, which I completed in 2017.

My AHRC-funded PhD explored the linguistic and cultural implications of creating and translating ideophones—such as onomatopoeia—and interjections in Italian Disney comics. During my PhD, I was the recipient of a Library of Congress Research Fellowship based at the Kluge Centre in Washington DC, USA, where I spent six months carrying out archival work in order to build the linguistic corpus that represented the central part of my thesis.

My theoretical experience is balanced by a strong professional background within the language industry. Since 2011, I have in fact been working as freelance linguist providing language consultancy and translation services to various companies in the fields of marketing, computational linguistics, community management and education - experience that I bring into the classroom to train aspiring future translators on the use of computer-assisted translation tools and on how to set themselves up as freelancers.

Research interests

My research interests revolve around the use and translation of sound symbolism in multimodal media such as comic books, videogames, movies and literature for young readers in Italian, English, Spanish and Japanese. In particular, I am interested in the implementation of corpora to help with diachronic sound symbolic research and on the role of sound symbolism in conlangs, onomastics and toponymy. I am also interested in the use of technology for both translation and teaching purposes and on the use of corpora for experimental research on theoretical linguistics.

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  • PhD Applied Linguistics
  • MA Applied Translation Studies
  • BA Japanese & American Studies

Student education

I have taught in Higher Education since 2011, lecturing and mentoring students in several cross-disciplinary BA and MA modules on theoretical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, language change, sociolinguistics), translation studies (theory + CAT tools) and English for academic purposes.

Research groups and institutes

  • Linguistics and Phonetics
  • Centre for Translation Studies
  • Italian
  • Language variation
  • Multimodality
  • Technology
  • Translation