PISTOIA REDA SALVATORE

Salvatore
Pistoia Reda
Ricercatore Legge 240/10 - tempo determinato

Presentation

I am a philosopher, with an interest in natural languages. I study them as systems that are both perfect, in that they include a logic and support a vast array of inferential schemes, and unsettled at the same time, due to their unceasing openness to use and contingency. Recent themes in my research encompass the formal conditions for senseful expression.

Primarily I work in analytic philosophy and formal linguistics, yet I try to make a point of learning from colleagues and authors operating within different frameworks. Additionally, I have an interest in the history of philosophy and linguistics. I also engage in public discourse in institutional venues.

In Siena, I coordinate the Univ. Siena (Language and Mind) and Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Philosophie, parcours logique et philosophie des sciences) Double Master Degree program. Furthermore, I hold an executive position in the Interuniversity Center for Cognitive Studies of Language (CISCL), jointly established by the Univ. Siena and the Univ. Milano-Bicocca. I am also a member of the PhD program in Social Sciences and Humanities. If you are interested in any of these activities, feel free to drop me a line.

Prior to my tenure in Siena, I served as a senior researcher at the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS Berlin) and the Univ. Pompeu Fabra (UPF Barcelona). I hold or have held fellowships with several international institutions, including the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and the J. William Fulbright Foundation. Additionally, I am a member of the Italian chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. 

Office hours

  • Thursday from 15:00 to 18:00
    Place: In-person in room 325 (San Niccolò). Virtual at https://unisi.webex.com/meet/salvatore.pistoiareda.

Teaching activities

Completion accademic year: 2024/2025

Course year: 2 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) LANGUAGE AND MIND: LINGUISTICS AND COGNITIVE STUDIES A.Y. 2023/2024
Course year: 3 First cycle degree (DM 270) STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY A.Y. 2022/2023
Course year: 1 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) LANGUAGE AND MIND: LINGUISTICS AND COGNITIVE STUDIES A.Y. 2024/2025

Completion accademic year: 2023/2024

Course year: 2 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) LANGUAGE AND MIND: LINGUISTICS AND COGNITIVE STUDIES A.Y. 2022/2023
Course year: 3 First cycle degree (DM 270) STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY A.Y. 2021/2022
Course year: 1 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) LANGUAGE AND MIND: LINGUISTICS AND COGNITIVE STUDIES A.Y. 2023/2024

Completion accademic year: 2022/2023

Course year: 2 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) LANGUAGE AND MIND: LINGUISTICS AND COGNITIVE STUDIES A.Y. 2021/2022
Course year: 3 First cycle degree (DM 270) STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY A.Y. 2020/2021
Course year: 1 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) LANGUAGE AND MIND: LINGUISTICS AND COGNITIVE STUDIES A.Y. 2022/2023

Completion accademic year: 2021/2022

Course year: 2 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) LANGUAGE AND MIND: LINGUISTICS AND COGNITIVE STUDIES A.Y. 2020/2021

Research

List of selected publications

Rhetorically-based scalar additivity. «Semantics and Linguistic Theory», 32, pp. 468-480, 2022.

This work focuses on even-like particles and submits an account based on rhetorical ordering. I coauthored it with Louise McNally of Universitat Pompeu Fabra. 

Per un capitolo di storia della filosofia del linguaggio. In Oswald Ducrot, Le scale argomentative. Carocci, Roma, 2022, pp. 97-105.

This work situates Oswald Ducrot's linguistics in the context of the history of linguistics and philosophy of language of the 20th century. I coauthored it with François Récanati of College de France.  

On logicality and natural logic. «Natural Language Semantics», 29, pp. 501–506, 2021.

This work focuses on logicality approaches and submits arguments for a pragmatic account. I coauthored it with Luca San Mauro of Technischen Universität Wien.

Divertissement quasigramsciano su logica e linguaggio. «Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del linguaggio», 15(1), pp. 148-153, 2021.

This work focuses on pragmatic strategies to broaden the possibility of senseful expression and submits a comparison with so-called Gramscian linguistics. I authored it.

Analyticity and modulation. «International Review of Pragmatics», 13, pp. 1-13, 2021.

This work focuses on lexical trivialities and submits a proposal to extend pragmatic approaches to logicality. I coauthored it with Uli Sauerland of Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft Berlin.

Una nota sulla pragmatica musicale. «De Musica», 24, pp. 173-178, 2020.

This work focuses on music semantics and submits evidence for a pragmatic extension. I authored it.

Contextual blindness in implicature computation. «Natural Language Semantics», 25, pp. 109–124, 2017.

This work focuses on scalar implicatures and submits arguments for a grammatical account. I authored it.

On conceivability and existence in linguistic interpretation. «Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence», 10257, pp. 203–212, 2017.

This work focuses on natural language quantification and discusses a distinction between conceivability and existence. I authored it.

Pragmatics, Semantics and the Case of Scalar Implicatures. Palgrave Macmillan, London 2014.

This work contains an advanced debate on the nature of scalar implicatures. I edited it.

Semantica e pragmatica linguistica. Tracce di normalità nelle implicature scalari. Carocci, Roma, 2014.

This work presents pragmatic, lexical and grammatical theories of scalar implicatures. I authored it.

Ultime pubblicazioni:

  • Pistoia Reda, S. (a cura di). (2023). Le scale argomentative: linguaggio, logica, persuasione. Roma : Carocci. - view more
  • Pistoia Reda, S., Récanati, F. (2023). Per un capitolo di storia della filosofia del linguaggio. In S. Pistoia Reda (a cura di), Le scale argomentative: linguaggio, logica, persuasione. Roma : Carocci. - view more
  • Pistoia Reda, S. (2023). Analisi e militanza in Contadini del Sud di Rocco Scotellaro. L'OSPITE INGRATO, 13, 181-191. - view more
  • Pistoia-Reda, S., Mcnally, L. (2022). Rhetorically-based scalar-additivity: the view from Italian addirittura. In Proceedings of SALT 32 (pp.463-480). Washington : Linguistic Society of America [10.3765/salt.v1i0.5397]. - view more
  • Pistoia Reda, S., Armentano, N. (2022). Notes on "même" and its additivity. REVISTA HUMANIDADES & INOVAÇÃO, 9(4), 361-369. - view more