The Ph.D. programme in Foreign Literatures, Languages and Linguistics aims to promote high-level academic education based on the integration of linguistic, literary and cultural studies, also including Digital-Humanities related aspects, in order to build critical awareness of the multicultural and multilingual reality of Europe and of the world, as well as the ability to act upon such reality. Ph.D. students will acquire the methodological and theoretical tools they need for their own research, which will be conducted in various cultural and professional fields relating to the research areas. The Ph.D. programme is subdivided into three tracks/“curricula”.
In the first curriculum, Foreign Literatures and Cultures, the contributions of literary theory will enhance an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, providing the necessary tools for a constant update of aesthetic and historical interrelations and fostering a close investigation into the relationship between literary text and context, and between literary works and relative knowledge.
In the second curriculum, Foreign Languages and Translation Studies, the different languages in the programme (English, German, Spanish, French and Russian) will be analysed with specific reference to their diachronic, diastratic, diatopic and diaphasic variations. Particular attention will be devoted to terminology, lexicology and lexicography, as well as to comparative translation studies, combining different methodologies for the analysis of texts, including the use of linguistic corpora.
Finally, the international curriculum in Linguistics will provide high-level education in the different areas of linguistics, as well as specific formation in fields such as the study of Germanic-Romance language contact, language pathologies, first and second language acquisition/learning, historical linguistics and Indo-European comparative linguistics. It will offer training in traditional methodologies (such as dialectology studies), laboratory research (such as acoustic analyses of audio data) and experimental studies (both with behavioral techniques, e.g., priming and eye-tracking, and neurophysiological techniques, e.g., EEG).