Raffaele Zago

Adjunct Professor of [L-LIN/12]

Raffaele Zago (PhD in English Linguistics; National Scientific Habilitation) works as researcher at the University of Catania, Department of Humanities, where he teaches English Language in three BA courses (European, Euro-American and Oriental Languages and Cultures; Sciences and Languages for Communication; Linguistic and Intercultural Mediation). His research interests are in the field of English applied linguistics and include spoken English, register variation, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and telecinematic dialogue. In these areas, he has published two monographs (From Originals to Remakes. Colloquiality in English Film Dialogue over Time, 2016; Cross-Linguistic Affinities in Film Dialogue, 2018) and several articles.


Zago, Raffaele. 2018. Cross-Linguistic Affinities in Film Dialogue. Leonforte: Siké Edizioni (New Series “English Library: The Linguistics Bookshelf”).

Zago, Raffaele. 2016. From Originals to Remakes. Colloquiality in English Film Dialogue over Time. Acireale/Roma: Bonanno Editore. 



Zago, Raffaele. Forthcoming. Televisual expressivity: Emphasis and emotionality in American and British singing competition shows. Expressio 5.

Zago, Raffaele. 2021. Film discourse. In The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis, Eric Friginal and Jack A. Hardy (eds), 168-182. London/New York: Routledge. Invited contribution.

Zago, Raffaele. 2020. “I am super excited to be on this show”: Expressive language in The Voice USA. Illuminazioni 51: 104-125. Available at http://www.rivistailluminazioni.it/2020/03/30/raffaele-zago-2/.

Zago, Raffaele. 2019a. Complexity in film dialogue. Le forme e la storia (nuova serie) 12(1): 123-132.

Zago, Raffaele. 2019b. English films vs Italian films: A comparative analysis via the Pavia Corpus of Film Dialogue and the WordSmith Tools. In Reassessing Dubbing. Historical Approaches and Current Trends, Irene Ranzato and Serenalla Zanotti (eds), 229-241. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Zago, Raffaele. 2019c. “You’re asking me?”. Declarative questions in the English subtitles of Inspector Montalbano. In Ragusa e Montalbano: Voci del territorio in traduzione audiovisivaAtti del Convegno internazionale di studi (Ragusa, 19-20 ottobre 2017), volume II, Massimo Sturiale, Giuseppe Traina and Maurizio Zignale (eds), 673-694. Leonforte: Euno Edizioni.    

Zago, Raffaele. 2017a. English in the traditional media: The case of colloquialisation between original films and remakes. In Transnational Subjects: Linguistic Encounters. Selected Papers from XXVII AIA Conference, volume II, Liliana Landolfi, Eleonora Federici and Flavia Cavaliere (eds), 91-104.  Napoli: Liguori Editore.

Zago, Raffaele. 2017b. Cross-linguistic dimensions of comparability in film dialogue. Illuminazioni 41: 250-274. Available at http://www.rivistailluminazioni.it/2019/03/15/raffaele-zago/.

Zago, Raffaele. 2016. Tackling colloquiality: Some issues in the definition of colloquial language. SILTA 45(2): 244-266.

Zago, Raffaele. 2015. “That’s none of your business, Sy”: The pragmatics of vocatives in film dialogue. In Participation in Public and Social Media Interactions, Marta Dynel and Jan Chovanec (eds), 183-207. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.



Zago, Raffaele. 2021. Review of Telecinematic Stylistics (edited by Christian Hoffmann and Monika Kirner-Ludwig, 2020). Journal of Pragmatics 184: 119-121. Invited review.

Zago, Raffaele. 2019. Review of Language and Television Series. A Linguistic Approach to TV Dialogue (Monika Bednarek, 2018). Journal of Pragmatics 149: 132-133. Invited review.

Zago, Raffaele. 2015. Review of Linguistica dei corpora (Maria Freddi, 2014). SILTA 44(1): 160-164.

Zago, Raffaele. 2014. Review of Corpus and Sociolinguistics. Investigating Age and Gender in Female Talk (Bróna Murphy, 2010). Corpora 9(2): 277-280.

Zago, Raffaele. 2013. Review of Formale e informale. La variazione di registro nella comunicazione elettronica (edited by Massimo Cerruti, Elisa Corino, Cristina Onesti, 2011). Linguistica e Filologia 33: 176-182.


Academic Year 2021/2022

Academic Year 2020/2021

Academic Year 2019/2020

Academic Year 2018/2019


Spoken English, register variation, telecinematic dialogue, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis.