MAIRANO
Paolo
Post-doctoral research fellow
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • 1st January 2008 - 14 March 2011: Ph.D. in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Engineering at the University of Turin with evaluation: excellent. The committee was exclusively composed of external members: Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Volker Dellwo (Universität Zürich), Stephan Schmid (Universität Zürich).
  • July 2007: M.A. in Translation (English and French) at the University of Turin with 110/110 cum laude.
  • March 2006: B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (English and French) at the University of Turin with 110/110 cum laude.
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Research contracts

  • 1 September 2011 - 31 October 2012: Post-doctoral research fellow at GIPSA-Lab, Stendhal University, Grenoble.
    This contract is funded by the French research grant APPSy. I integrate the SLD (Systèmes Linguistiques et Dialectologiques) research team of GIPSA-Lab: our aim is to explore the phonetic and phonological asymmetries of the syllable. My task mainly consists in creating a multilingual corpus, making EMA recordings and analyse them in order to study the biomecanic properties of mandibular gestures in different syllable structures.
  • 1 October 2010 - 31 August 2011: Post-doctoral research fellow at GIPSA-Lab, Stendhal University, Grenoble.
    I was scientific secretary of the international AMPER project, aiming to gather a multimedia prosodic atlas of the Romance area. My task included receiving and verifying data coming from the numerous international partners. I realised a DVD containing data from 108 speakers (61 points) and designed the interface to consult them.
  • 1st January 2008 - 31 December 2010: Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Engineering at the University of Turin.
    I studied the acoustic and perceptive properties of speech rhythm, mainly from a typological point of view. I gathered a corpus of read speech in 21 languages (61 speakers in total). After segmenting and annotating all data, I used several parameters (namely %V, ΔC, ΔV, varcoC, varcoV, rPVI, nPVI, CCI) aiming to produce a categorization of languages. After proving that the variability of results follows a coherent scheme (intra-speaker < inter-speaker < inter-linguistic variety), I associated acoustic data with perceptive data with a test on 43 listeners.
  • Teaching

    During my Ph.D. at the University of Turin I became cultore della materia in General Linguistics in 2008, which entitled me to give academic courses and examine students. Therefore, I gave courses in General Linguistics a the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Turin during the academic years 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and in Phonetics and Phonology at the of Medicine (Speech Therapy and Audiometric Techniques) in 2010-2011, 2011-2012. I also taught 2h in Teaching Italian as a FL in 2008-2009, 10h in Experimental Phonetics (acoustic analysis with Praat) and I have been assistant professor for a course in Acquisition ad Analysis of Articulatory Data directed by Prof. Didier Demolin in 2011-2012 at Stendhal University (Grenoble).
    Here is a summary of the courses I have given:

    YearSubjectHoursInstitution
    2011-12Speech prosody3hFaculty of Languages, Turin
    2011-12Experimental phonetics20h (assist. prof.)Stendhal University, Grenoble
    2011-12General linguistics10hFaculty of Medecine, Turin
    2010-11General linguistics10hFaculty of Medecine, Turin
    2010-11General linguistics10hFaculty of Languages, Turin
    2009-10Experimental phonetics10hStendhal University, Grenoble
    2009-10General linguistics20hFaculty of Languages, Turin
    2008-09Teaching Italian as a FL2hFaculty of Languages, Turin
    2008-09General linguistics20hFaculty of Languages, Turin
    2007-08General linguistics10hFaculty of Languages, Turin

    PRIZES AND HONOURS

  • 2009 'Franco Ferrero' prize for the best student paper published in the proceedings of the III and IV AISV Congresses.
  • Ph.D. grant funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and Education after the XXIII national selection..
  • ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITES

  • Since January 2012: main organiser of the R-atics4 conference, 29-31 October 2013.
  • May 2011: collaboration with the RJCP2011 organising committee, 25-27 May 2011, Grenoble.
  • Since September 2010: scientific secretary of the AMPER project (Multimedia Prosodic Atlas of the Romance Area) with J-P. Lai (GIPSA-Lab). My task consists in coordinating the various research teams of Europe and Latin America, in receiving the data, updating the website, spreading all necessary information to the international partners, to write periodical reports and summaries of the meetings.
  • October 2010 – August 2011: I worked for the library of dialectology at Stendhal University, Grenoble.
  • October 2010 – August 2011: technical support to teaching (sup. Prof. J. Médélice), mainly for the preparation and realisation of dialectological fieldwork with MA students at Stendhal University, Grenoble.
  • TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS

    IT

    • MS Windows (2000/XP/Vista/7)
    • Ubuntu Linux
    • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), LibreOffice / OpenOffice
    • (X)HTML and Javascript
    • Programming in Perl and Tcl/Tk

    Speech processing and NLP

    • Acoustic analysis of speech and speech annotation with Praat and Wavesurfer.
    • Praat scripting.
    • Audio editing with Audacity and Goldwave.
    • Acquisition of articulatory data with EVA (Evaluation Vocale Assistée, developed by the University of Aix-Marseille) and data analysis with Phonedit.
    • Acquisition of EMA data.
    • NLP scripting in Perl and Tcl/Tk.

    Multimedia products and software

  • 2011: DVD included in "Prosodies romanes", Géolinguistique, special issue n° 4.
  • 2009: DVD included in Scienza multilingue, C. Marello (ed.), Perugia: Guerra Edizioni.
  • developer of the website of the Laboratory of Experimental Phonetics Arturo Genre of Turin. The trilingual website (Italian, English and French) receives on average 1400 visitors per month. It presents the staff, advertises the research carried out and illustrates the equipment. It also contains some software I developed myself:
    • Correlatore, a GUI script that calculates rhythm correlates and creates charts for the categorisation of languages on the basis of their rhythm properties.
    • Phonpad, an editor for IPA transcriptions.
    • Phonverter, an IPA-SAMPA converter.
    • A multimedia API table with images and audio.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Italian: nativa language.

French (C2): I have lived in France for nearly 3 years and I attended several courses when at University.

English (C2): I attended several courses in Italy (British Council of Turin) and stayed for various periods in the UK (London, Edinburgh, Guildford). I have attended various courses of Academic English writing.

German (B2): I attended several courses at the Goethe Institut of Turin (up to the Oberstufe level) and at the Sprachinstitut Tübingen (Oberstufe level).

Spanish (B1-B2): I attended the some courses in Italy and stayed for short periods in Spain.

Icelandic (A2): I attended the Mal og Menning course organised by the University of Iceland in July 2008.

Other: basic knowledge of (written and oral) Portuguese and (written only) scandinavian languages.

OTHER

STAGES et FORMATIONS SUPPLEMENTAIRES

  • Novembre 2009 - juin 2010: stage à GIPSA-Lab dans le cadre du doctorat. Analyse des données issues des enquêtes personnelles et de bases de données gérées par le laboratoire.
  • 15-19 septembre 2008: École tématique CNRS Dynamique de la nasalité à Porquerolles, France.
  • Juillet 2008: stage à l'Université d'Islande (Reykjavík) dans le cadre du doctorat.
  • 3-6 mars 2008: Phonetici Phonologici Dies, séminaire de phonétique et phonologie, Libera Università di Bolzano, Italie.
  • Août 2006: stage en phonétique dirigé par le Prof. John Wells à University College London et obtention du Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English décerné par l'Association Phonétique Internationale (API) avec la mention First Class.
  • Février - juin 2006: stage à l'Université de Turin (250h) de phonétique instrumentale et transcription phonétique dirigé par le Prof. Antonio Romano.
  • Juillet et septembre 2004: stage à la Summer School de Turin (150h) en tant que professeur assistant d'italien langue étrangère.
  • Septembre 2001: Diplôme de clarinette (équivalence BAC+3) décerné par le Conservatoire Nationale de Musique de Turin avec 10/10.
  • PARTICIPATIONS A DES PROJETS

  • 2011-2012: post-doctorant au sein du projet d'ANR APPSy (resp. N. Vallée).
  • 2010-2012: secrétaire scientifique général du projet AMPER (resp. M. Contini).
  • 2008-2009: participation au projet Analisi strumentale di varietà intonative di italiano, dialetti italiani e altre parlate romanze financé par l'Université de Turin, Département de Sciences du Langage (resp. A. Romano).
  • 2008-2009: Participation au projet Scienza Multilingue co-financé par l'Université de Turin et la Région Piémont (resp. C. Marello).
  • ENQUETES DE TERRAIN ET ACQUISITION DE DONNEES

  • Novembre 2011: Récolte de données en Vaucluse en collaboration avec Philippe Boula de Mareüil (LIMSI) et Jean-Pierre Lai (GIPSA-Lab) pour les projets AMPER et PFC sur le provençal et le français régional.
  • Juin 2011: Récolte de données en Corse en collaboration avec Philippe Boula de Mareüil (LIMSI) pour les projets AMPER et PFC sur le corse et le français régional.
  • Mars 2007: Récolte de données en Islande pour l'étude de la préaspiration en islandais et des phénomènes liés.
  • 2007-2012: acquisition de données dans les chambres sourdes des laboraoires LFSAG (Turin, Italie) et GIPSA-Lab (Grenoble).
  • REFERENCES (in alphabetical order)

    Prof. Elisabetta CARPITELLI (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis) a été responsable du stage à GIPSA-Lab pendant ma thèse.

    Prof. Michele CONTINI (GIPSA-Lab) est coordinateur et responsable du projet AMPER.

    Prof. Didier DEMOLIN (GIPSA-Lab) est chef de l'équipe SLD (systèmes linguistiques et dialectologie), au sein de laquelle je travaille.

    Prof. Carla MARELLO (Université de Turin, Italie) est chef de la section Linguistique, Linguistique Appliquée et Ingénierie Linguistique de l'école doctorale Etudes euro-asiatiques de l'Université de Turin.

    Dr. Antonio ROMANO (LFSAG, Italie) a été le directeur de ma thèse.

    Dr. Nathalie VALLÉE (GIPSA-Lab) est responsable de mon post-doc 2011-2012 et du projet d'ANR APPSy.



    Departement : Parole et Cognition

    Team : Systèmes Linguistiques et Dialectologie

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