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- If you email me, make sure your message complies with the following do’s and dont’s
-- Do’s
--- Send your email from your institutional address (i.e. the domain)
--- Write in English, if you are studying English
--- provide a subject heading for your message
--- begin your message with “Dear Professor Gesuato,”
--- provide contextualizing information, namely: your academic role (i.e. student); your degree course; the course of mine that is relevant to you: the one you are attending at the moment, the one you attended in the past (specify when); any other piece of information relevant to your academic status (e.g. are you an Erasmus student currently in Spain?)
--- indicate, as clearly as possible, the reason for writing (e.g. a goal you want to achieve, a difficulty you are facing, a doubt you have...) and what exactly you would like from me
--- if you need to mention other university lecturers, preface their last/family name with the appropriate title (e.g. Dr. Scott; Prof. Musacchio)
--- end your message with “Kind regards,” “Best regards,” or “Best,”
--- sign your message with your first/given and last/family name, and your student I.D. number;
--- if this is NOT your first message to me, also include any other previous email exchanges below your signature line (else I might not fully remember/understand what you are talking about)
--- remember to be polite, courteous and formal throughout.

-- Don’t’s
--- ask for information that requires a long reply (e.g. How can I prepare for your course?); come to my office hours instead
--- ask for information that requires me to be in my office to be able to answer it (e.g. Did I make mistakes in the first exercise of my exam paper dated XXXX?); come to my office hours instead, or call me during my office hours
--- don’t ask for obvious and/or unpredictable information (e.g. Are you going to give an exam in June?; Will you be holding office hours next week?): something that happens by default needs not be confirmed; at the same time, no-one knows what the future has in store, so, even if, by default, I can be reasonably expected to give an exam in June or to hold my office hours next week, as usual, if I should fall sick, I might not show up;
-- don't ask for reassurance about circumstances that are expected to be valid by default (e.g. "Can I come and see my exam paper during office hours?"). It is indeed during office hours that students can see me, not at other times or at other places, unless special -- and motivated -- arrangements need to be made; and no appointment is necessary, since my office hours are on a drop-in basis;
-- don’t ask for information that is already, or that is going to be, available elsewhere (e.g. exam dates will be posted publicly; if they are not, it means they have not been fixed yet; possible changes to office hours are also announced on the web)

- Do NOT expect a reply unless you comply with ALL of the above.

Office hours
Tuesday from 16:30 to 17:30 via Beato Pellegrino n. 28, secondo piano valido da ottobre 2019
Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 via Beato Pellegrino n. 28, secondo piano valido da ottobre 2019
(updated on 16/01/2020 11:51)

Proposals for thesis
speech act description in English grammars and course books; rhetorical structure of non-literary genres; corpus-driven semantic profiling of terms/expressions; gender and language; linguistic analysis of literary texts

Curriculum Vitae
First-level degree in Foreign Modern Languages and Literatures U. of Padua 1983-88
U. of Padua and the U. of California exchange program, Berkeley 1989-90
MA in linguistics U. of California at Berkeley 1992-94
PhD in linguistics U. of Padua 1994-98
Post-doc in linguistics U. of Padua 2000-02
PhD in linguistics U. of California, Berkeley 1995-1999, 2005
Visiting scholar U. of California, Berkeley, Linguistics Dept April-May 2012
U. of California Education Abroad Program Fellowship 1989-90
U. of Padua Scholarship for post-graduate study abroad 1992-94
Teaching assistant, Linguistics Dept. U. of California Berkeley 1992-95
Teaching assistant, Italian Studies Dept. U. of California Berkeley 1996-98
Lecturer of Italian U. of California Study Center Padua 2000-03
Lecturer of semantics Fac. Medicine and Surgery U. of Padua 1999, 2000, 2006
Lecturer of pragmatics Fac. Medicine and Surgery U. of Padua 2008-10
Associate professor of English Fac. Education, U. of Padua 2002-09
Associate professor of English Fac.Letters U. of Padua 2009-11
Associate professor of English Dept. Linguistic and Literary Studies, U. of Padua 2012-on
Seminar holder for PhD students U. of Padua 2005-11, 2012-13
Lecturer of pragmatics, Dept. Linguistic and Literary Studies, U. of Padua 2016
Guest lecturer of an intensive Discourse Analysis course, U. of Kostanay, Kazakhstan 30 Nov.-12 Dec. 2015
22nd BLS (Berkeley Linguistics Society) Conference “Learnability in grammatical theory”, U. of California, Berkeley 16-19 Feb 1996
“Linguistic Theory — Speech and Language Pathology — Speech Therapy” Conference, U. of Padua 22-26 Aug. 2000
“Pragmatics on the go – Teaching and Learning about Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices” Conference, U. of Padua 17-20 June 2013
“Language use across time: what you didn’t know you’ve always wanted to know about historical pragmatics”, U. of Padua 16-17 Feb. 2018
“Pragmatics in daily life: languages, cultures, contexts”, U. of Padua 22-23 March 2018
Cultus (2011), ESP Across Cultures (2011), ESP Today (2016), IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication (2005), Iperstoria (2017), Journal of Pragmatics (2010, 2015), JournALL (2017), Languages in contrast (2009), Lingue e Linguaggi (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Lingvisticae Investigationes (2007), Pragmatics (2007), Revista Signos (2014), Scientometrics (2016), Studia Anglica Posnaniensa (2013), World Englishes (2007, 2010), ESFL (European Systemic Functional Linguistics conference, 2018), VQR (2012); PRIN (2015)
WORDS AND THOUGHS (“Networking” call, U. of Padua; PI; research unit member: E. Pavan; 2014-16)
CITATAL (On Line Corpora, Hypermedia, Translation, Text Analysis and Language Learning); PI: C. Taylor Torsello, U. of Padua 1998-2000
LINGUATEL (On-line project on language and inter-linguistic communication); PI: C. Taylor Torsello, U. of Padua 2000-02
CORITEL (Corpora, research and computing for high quality language education); PI: C. Taylor, U. of Trieste 2002-04
ENGLISHMULTIWEB (English, multimedia and the web for research, learning, testing, translation and university mobility); PI: C. Taylor, U. of Trieste 2005-07
EXPLICS (Exploiting internet case studies and simulation templates for language teaching and learning); PI: J. Fischer, U. Tubingen
Member of PhD Programme in Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences (2014-17)
Qualified as Full prof. English Language L-LIN/12

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): FBE38E0AA09E8F0D2692156196BA81EC.pdf

Research areas
Pragmatics, genre and text analysis, academic discourse, lexical semantics, corpus linguistics, English language teaching, speech acts, tense and aspect

Recent publications

{with M. G. Busà} (eds.), Lingue e Contesti. Studi in Onore di Alberto Mioni, Padua, Cleup, pp. 1-989, ISBN 9788867870806

{with F. Bianchi, W. Cheng} (eds.), Teaching, Learning and Investigating Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 1-567, ISBN 9781443877190

“Criteria for the identification of moves: the case of written offers”, in S. Gesuato, F. Bianchi, W. Cheng (eds.), Teaching, Learning and Investigating Pragmatics: Principles, Methods and Practices, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 323-361, ISBN 9781443877190

“Structure, content and functions of calls for conference abstracts” in H. Basturkmen (ed.), English for Academic Purposes, Vol. 2: Academic English in disciplinary settings, Critical Concepts in Linguistics Series, Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, pp. 177-199, ISBN 9780415716345; (reprint of “Structure, content and functions of calls for conference abstracts”, in V. Bhatia, P. Sánchez Hernández, P. Pérez-Paredes (eds.), Researching Specialized Language, Studies in Corpus Linguistics Series, Vol. 47, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, John Benjamins, pp. 47-70, ISBN 9789027203526)

“Producing and accepting offers: the co-construction of discourse in goal-oriented interaction”, in J. Granich, I. Kecskes (eds.), 7th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) 2016, 10-12 June 2016, University of Split, Book of Abstracts, Split, University of Split, pp. 64-65, ISBN 9789537220242

“Responding to gratitude in elicited oral interaction. A taxonomy of communicative options”, in Lingue e Linguaggi, 19, pp. 197-220,, ISSN 22390367, e-ISSN 22390359, DOI 10.1285/i22390359v19p197

“A research-based teaching unit for ESL/EFL students: responses to gratitude”, in K. Bardovi-Harlig, C. Félix-Brasdefer (eds.), Pragmatics & Language Learning, Vol. 14, Honolulu, HI, University of Hawai’i, National Foreign Language Resource Center, pp. 293-322, ISBN 9780983581680

{with F. Bianchi} (eds.), Pragmatic Issues in Specialized Communicative Contexts, Leiden/Boston, Brill, pp. 1-235, ISBN 9789004323896

“The PhD thesis report: building trust in an emerging genre”, in R. Salvi, J. Turnball (eds.), The Discursive Construal of Trust in the Dynamics of Knowledge Diffusion, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 26-45, ISBN 1443843156

“Addressing interpersonal needs in oral interaction: the case of apology responses” in L. Landolfi, E. Federici, F. Cavaliere (eds.) Translational subjects, linguistic encounters: selected papers from the XXVII AIA conference, Vol. II, Napoli: Liguori Editore, pp. 122-133-, ISBN 978-88-207-6740-2 (a stampa), 978-88-207-6741-9 (e-book)

“Pragmatic perception of communicative acceptability: gut reactions and constructive criticism”, in Liliana Landolfi (ed.) E-Factor: English Education, Empowerment & Emotivation, Series “Linguistica e Linguaggi” vol. 38, Napoli: Liguori Editore, pp. 37-46 ISBN 978-88-207-6720-4, e-ISBN 978-88-207-6721-1

“Mixed methods in raising ssociopragmatic awareness: A proposal for combining insights from the teacher's feedback and the interlocutor's point of view”, System, (

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): FBE38E0AA09E8F0D2692156196BA81EC.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
SU2294 COMMON LEM0013488 9 3rd Year (2019/20) First
SU2294 COMMON LEM0013488 9 3rd Year (2019/20) First
IF0314 COMMON SUP5070977 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
LE0610 COMMON SUP5070977 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
LE0613 COMMON SUP5070977 6 1st Year (2019/20) First