Paolo Vacca
Warwick and Oxford Graduate

The questions I want to ask and try to answer as a scholar concern the investigation of the dynamics in which language establishes and perpetuates power relations between groups and/or individuals. And for this very task, I want to look at the manifold roles language plays in migration discourses. Further research interests include language contact, translation studies, international relations, and political geography.

Education History

October 2016 - June 2017

University of Oxford
M.St. General Linguistics and Comparative Philology

Taught Master’s programme in General Linguistics:

  • Field Methods in Linguistics Research
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Romance Linguistics
  • Semantics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Syntax (LFG, Topics in Austronesian Syntax)

Electives: Sociolinguistics Experimental Phonetics

Further Training: R (Statistics), Praat, ELAN, FLEx, WaveSurfer, Octave, ArcGIS

Supervisor: Prof. John Coleman

Scholarships and Bursaries:


October 2012 - July 2016

University of Warwick
BA Italian with International Studies, 1

Bachelor’s Degree in Italian Studies and International Relations:

  • Migration from and to Italy: literature, language, and society
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • English and Italian Comparative Literature
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Political Geography

Audit: German Language; Linguistics and Language Acquisition

Tutor and Supervisor: Dr. Joanne Lee; Dr. Jennifer Burns

Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes:

  • Warwick Finalist Student Prize (£100)
  • Giving to Warwick Student Prize (£50)
  • URSS Bursary (800£) – see below.

October 2014 - June 2015

'La Sapienza' University of Rome
Exchange Programme

Multidisciplinary exchange programme in Rome.

  • General Linguistics
  • Italian Dialectology
  • Scandinavian Literature and Danish Language
  • Dutch Language and Literature

September 2007 - July 2012

Liceo Classico 'G. M. Dettori'
Italian Diploma di Maturità Classica, 100/100
Research Projects


The Shape of the Pitch Contour in Italo-Greek and Extreme Southern Italian: a Comparative Study
Paper in Experimental Phonetics

Supervised by Prof. John Coleman


Representing indefiniteness: The dashed line in Political Geography
Assessed Coursework

Supervised by Dr. Marijn Nieuwenhuis

Read abstract here.


Detecting Sardinian literary identity in Translation
Undergraduate Research Project

Supervised by Dr. Jennifer Burns

Read abstract here or find it here.

Funded by the Warwick Undergraduate Research Support Scheme

Grant awarded: £800

Project presented at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research on 23 September 2014.