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Paolo Driussi


Paolo Driussi

Filologia ugro-finnica (L-LIN/19)

Paolo Driussi

Filologia ugro-finnica (L-LIN/19)


In 1991 I graduated in Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures in the Hungarian and English languages ​​with a thesis on Ugric linguistics (Adverbs in the Ugric languages). For a while I dedicated myself to deepening this subject in my research, even though I have been doing works outside the academy, dealing mainly with synchronic aspects and beginning to deepen the functionalist linguistic theory of Simon Dik.

In November 2002 I became a researcher at the University of Udine, a position I still hold, and was asked to collaborate in teaching Hungarian. From that moment I contributed to the continuity of the teaching of this subject and I dedicated myself to the study of aspects of teaching Hungarian and L2 to adults. Moreover, I have deepened the application of theories of translation both for practical and didactic aspects.

Within the language studies I immediately began to deal with syntactical questions, always doing research on the ugrofinic and more specific languages ​​for the Hungarian language. With the publication of the Functional Discourse Grammar manual, that is the textual deepening of Simon Dik's grammar, in 2008 I began to develop text linguistics research with a rigorous functionalist approach. This theory is the basis of all my current research and the constant reference in my work. Between 2010 and 2012 I further elaborated these studies with the participation in the PRIN entitled Didactics of languages ​​and formal linguistics: perspectives and applications of comparative grammar.

The lines of application of the theory are above all linked to questions of syntactic realizations, both from a theoretical and a didactic point of view. In 2017 I started research that applied functionalist theory to the Italian language.
Due to the characteristics linked to the disciplinary sector and the university linguistic teaching commitment, I deal sporadically with cultural and literary themes linked to the culture in Hungarian.
The development of skills in linguistics of the text has led me to more specific research in this field, allowing me to teach Text Analysis according to a functionalist linguistic method. In this context I mainly deal with the reasons behind the linguistic forms.
In addition to the text analysis course I have taught since 2017/2018 I continue to teach Hungarian Language and in 2017/2018 I also started to teach Hungarian literature courses.
Main research fields: Functional Discourse Grammar; definiteness; speech order parts; pragmatic; stylistic; Hungarian language; Italian language.


Paired verbs – serial verbs in Cheremis

FUM 16/17, 1994, 59–105

Riflessioni sulle corrispondenze dell'uso di forme passive in una lingua che non le conosce

SILTA 47 (2018/3) 501–520

Folyamatban levő grammatikalizálódás a cseremisz nyelvben [Un fenomeno di grammaticalizzazione in corso nella lingua ceremissa]

in: B. Oszkó, M. Sipos (curr.), Budapest Uráli Műhely/Budapest Uralic Workshop IV: Uráli grammatizáló, Budapest 2005, 43–54

Di una struttura verbale nelle lingue uraliche

in: R. Bombi et all. (curr.), Studi linguistici in onore di Roberto Gusmani, Alessandria 2006, 643–664 (con L. Honti)

Dialettologia ungherese e dialetti ungheresi in Romania: lo stato di una difficile arte

in: G. Borghello (cur.), Per Teresa. Dentro e oltre i confini. Studi e ricerche in ricordo di Teresa Ferro, Udine 2009, 625–638

Sociolinguistica oggi in Ungheria

in: R. Bombi e F. Fusco (curr.), ... Sand carried by a stream... Scritti in onore di Vincenzo Orioles, Udine 2009, 73–78

A magyar és az olasz nyelvjárástan útjai és további fejlődési lehetőségei [Le strade della dialettologia italiana ed ungherese e le loro possibili prosecuzioni]

in: M. J. Bárth e F. S. Vargha (curr.), Hangok –helyek. Tanulmányok dialektológiai adattárak és helynévtárak számítógépes feldolgozásáról, Budapest 2011, 75–85

Insegnare con l'esempio. Analisi di un testo ungherese antico

in: G. Borghello (cur.), Per Roberto Gusmani. Linguaggi, culture, letterature. Studi in ricordo, 1/, Udine 2012, 217–239

Functionalist and cognitive approaches in teaching and describing languages: advantages for less spoken languages

in: R. Hegedűs e T. Görbe (curr.), Small language, what now. The theory and practice of Functional Linguistics in Teaching ”Minor” Languages, Leipzig 2016, 27–42

La traduzione, la linguistica e, soprattutto, la grammatica. Quanti modi abbiamo per leggere?

in: C. Franchi (cur.), Editoria e traduzione: focus sulle lingue di minore diffusione, Roma 2016, 55–67

Poesie fuori dai confini

in: C. Lupu, A. Ciolan, A. Zuliani (curr.), Studii romanice: Omagiu profesorilor Florica Dimitrescu şi Alexandru Niculescu la 90 de ani, Bucureşti 2018, 1023–1033.