Claudia Caffi is Professor of Linguistics at Genoa University, Genoa, Italy, at the School of Humanities, Department of Italian, Romance Languages, Humanities and Arts (Dipartimento di Italianistica, Romanistica, Antichistica, Arti e Spettacolo, DIRAAS). She has been the coordinator of the courses in Italian language for the foreign students of Genoa University (2002-2011).
She studied at the University of Pavia, Italy, where she obtained a degree in semiotics and a post-graduate degree in epistemology. Since 1981 she has been review-editor (for continental Europe) of the “Journal of Pragmatics” (North-Holland/Elsevier) and since 1990 has been one of the editors. Since 2011 she is a member of the Honorary Board of the Journal. Among her present research commitments, she acts as a referee on a regular basis for international publications and leading journals in the field of pragmatics such as Journal of Pragmatics (Elsevier), Pragmatics and Society (Benjamins), Pragmatics (IprA).
Her main research interests include: pragmatics, text linguistics, rhetoric, stylistics, psycholinguistics, emotive communication, institutional communication, discursive construction of identity. In these fields she has published extensively. She is author of Mitigation, Oxford, Elsevier, 2007. With Cesare Segre she edited the Italian version of Leo Spitzer’s Italienische Umgangssprache (1922) which appeared in 2007 as Lingua italiana del dialogo Milano, Il Saggiatore (translated by Livia Tonelli).
Her recent publications include:
Mezzi linguistici della mitigazione in italiano: risultati e prospettive di ricerca, in F. Orletti, E. Lombardi Vallauri, e A. Pompei (a cura di), 2012, Grammatica e pragmatica, Atti del XXXIV Convegno della Società Italiana di Glottologia, Roma, 22-24 ottobre 2009, Roma, Il Calamo, 147-189.
Mitigation, in M. Sbisà, K. Turner, eds., 2013, Handbook of pragmatics, Vol. 2, Pragmatics of Speech Actions, De Gruyter, Berlin-New York, pp. 257-285.
Stile e temperatura interazionale: il caso del principe Myškin, in I. Tempesta e M. Vedovelli (a cura di), Di linguistica e di sociolinguistica. Studi offerti a Norbert Dittmar, Roma, Bulzoni, 2013, pp. 197-214.