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Luciana Fellin, Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of Italian Language Program, Romance Studies; Italian

Luciana Fellin
Contact Info:
Office Location:  105 Language Center
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3117
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Languages 114B, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ROMST 217FS.01)
    Languages 114B, W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

Ph.D.University of Arizona2001
Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne, cum laudaeUniversita degli Studi di Bologna, Italy

Linguistics and Theories of Pedagogy
Italian Studies
Research Interests: Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Language ideologies, Language socialization, Language Pedagogies

Current projects: Communicative practices in Italian-American communities, Language food and citizenship, The effects of traditional and alternative assessment forms in language teaching and learning

Areas of Interest:

Language ideologies
Language and identity
Second and multiple Language Acquisition
Language socialization


U.S. • Europe • Italy • Italian-American • Sociolinguistics • Ethnography

Undergraduate Research Supervised

  • Nelly A. Kontchu (April 2013)
    Thesis: Stigma and perception of Mental Illness in Italy 
  • Lauren Nicolescu (December, 2012 - April, 2013)  
  • Matthew Cagliostro (August, 2011 - May, 2012)
    Thesis: Code-switching among Italian Americans: A comparison of early 20th and 21st century family practices 
  • Hayes F. Tyler (August, 2011 - May, 2012)
    Thesis: Navigating the Science-Humanities Nexus: A franco-Italian Prespective
    Co-Chair with Deborah Jenson 
  • Nelly Kontchu (August, 2011 - May, 2013)
    Thesis: Working Title: Perception of Mental Illness in Chile and Italy-- 
  • Pollock Jordan (Spring 2004)
    Thesis: Immigrazione e umorismo in una zona di contatto linguistico: Il Cocoliche degli Italiani in Argentina, 
  • Lauren Lee Houghton (2010 Spring)
    Thesis: Language and identity in contemporary Italy: A focus on immigrant and Italian native interactions. Lauren lee Houghton (2010) 
  • Francesca -Co-directed with Roberto Dainotto Polvere (2007 - present)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Fellin, L, Observe, document, reflect, elaborate Language learning through ethnographic observation and collaborative projects, Intralinea, vol. 20 (January, 2018)  [abs]
  2. Fellin, L, “Parla Come Mangi! Ideologie Linguistiche e Identità Italiane alla Carta” In Gatta, F. (forthcoming 2016) Parlare insieme. Studi in onore di Daniela Zorzi. Bologna, Bononia University Press. (2016)
  3. Fellin, L, Storia Linguistica dell'emigrazione italiana nel mondo. Vedovelli, M. (Ed) 2011. p. 567, Carroccci Editore, The Italian American Review, vol. 4 no. 2 (Summer, 2014), pp. 147-149, Calandra Italian American Institute/ Queens College. (November, 2015)
  4. Fellin, L, “The Question of Language in the Italian American Experience” In Finotti, F,. & M Johnston, (Eds). L’Italia allo Specchio. Linguaggi e identità italiane nel mondo. . (2015), pp. 465-478, Venezia, Marsilio Editori,
  5. L. Fellin, Storia Linguistica dell'emigrazione italiana nel mondo. Vedovelli, M. (Ed) 2011. p. 567, Carroccci Editore, The Italian American Review, vol. 4 no. 2 (Summer, 2014), pp. 147-149, Calandra Italian American Institute/ Queens College, ISSN SSN: 0535-9120

Luciana Fellin received a Laurea in English and German Literature and Linguistics from the University of Bologna, and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona (2001). She has taught at the Universities of Trento and Bologna, as well as, San Diego State University. She has co-authored textbooks for Italian L2 (Iprase:Trento; Migros:Eurolingua Project, Zurich) and published book chapters and articles on second language acquisition. Her most recent work is “Language ideologies, language socialization and language revival in an Italian Alpine community,” Texas Linguistic Forum, Vol. 45 (2003). Her research interests include sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition, teaching and evaluation, as well as, the study of language ideologies as linked to language obsolescence, maintenance and revival. Presently, she is working on an ethnographic project investigating language and identity in Italian American communities.