Associate Professor, Linguistics, University of Siena
Silvia is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Siena. In 1997, she received her degree from the University of Florence (Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia), and in 2001 her Ph.D. in Romance Philology and General Linguistics from the University of Perugia (with honours).
Her main research interests are experimental phonetics, sociolinguistics, dialectology and intangible cultural heritage.
She has been a lecturer at the universities of Florence, Pisa, Siena and Macerata, where she taught Linguistics, Dialectology, and Academic Writing. From 1998 to 2008 (first with a fellowship, and subsequently as a post-doc researcher) she conducted acoustical, perceptual and articulatory research on vowel systems at the Linguistics Laboratory of Scuola Normale Superiore, where she was head of the project Dati acustici e articolatori: relazioni e prospettive, funded in 2005 under the Giovani Ricercatori/Young Researchers programme.
Since 2005-2006, she has taught Linguistics at the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Siena-Arezzo (since 2008, as a tenure-track lecturer/ricercatore). She has held lectures and seminars as an invited speaker on experimental phonetics, sociolinguistics, and languages of the performing arts at the Universities of Pisa, Florence, Naples (Federico II), Modena and Reggio Emilia, Bologna (Forlì), Basel, Copenhagen, Salamanca, at Accademia della Crusca and at Scuola Normale Superiore. In 2004, she placed second in the competition for full professorship in Italian Linguistics at the Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät of the University of Basel.
In the last ten years, she has taken part in five national projects (PRIN): AGAM (Atlante Generale dell’Alimentazione Mediterranea); AVIP (Archivio Vocale di Varietà dell’Italiano Parlato), API (Archivio di Parlato Italiano); IPAR (Italiano Parlato); Acquisizione linguistica e variazione (diacronica e diatopica); Principi e strategie di organizzazione sistemica. She held a one-year grant (fellowship) at the Accademia della Crusca (2001). She received a grant from NATO and from the International Speech Communication Association in order to participate to the Advanced Study Institute 2002 (ASI2002) Dynamics of Speech Production and Perception. She conducted etymological analysis of dialectal lexicon at the Italian unit of the Atlas Linguarum Europae (1995-97). She was member of the scientific committees of several congresses of the Associazione Italiana di Scienze della Voce (Zürich 2009, Naples 2010, Lecce 2011, Bologna 2015). She was on the organizing committee of the International Workshop “Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication,” December 14-15, 2010, Pisa, Italy.
Activities of specific interest to IPinCH:
- 2015-present: member of the Dariah-FR network on “Legal and ethical issues in digital research: a good practice guide for disseminating digital resources in the Humanities and Social Sciences”
- 2013-2014: member of the Presto4U Project community of practice “preservation issues and outstanding problems related to Research and Scientific Collections”– FP7 (PrestoCentre Foundation PO Box 1060, 1200 BB Hilversum, The Netherlands)
- 2010-2013: scientific co-ordinator of UNISI Research Unit GRA.FO Research Project on Intangible Cultural Heritage Grammo-foni (Gra.fo) “Le soffitte della voce” (Par-Fas Regione Toscana)
Publications of specific interest to IPinCH:
Calamai, S., Ginouvès, V., Bertinetto, P.M. In press. Digital audio archives accessibility, in Cultural Heritage in a Changing World, Springer.
Pozzebon, A., Calamai, S. 2015. Smart devices for Intangible Cultural Heritage fruition, in Proceedings of the 2015 Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Calamai, S., Bertinetto, P.M. In press. “L’unità documentale negli archivi sonori”, Convegno Italiano elettronico. Corpora, archivi testuali, archivi sonori. Piazza delle lingue 2014.
Calamai, S., Biliotti, F. In press. “Sound archives as resource for the analysis of identity and conflict in Tuscany”, AA.VV. Identity and conflict in Tuscany, Firenze University Press.
Calamai, S., Biliotti, F. In press. “Geolinguistic archives within the Gra.fo project: Carta dei Dialetti Italiani and Atlante Lessicale Toscano”, Proceedings of the VII Congress of SIDG - International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics (Wien, 23-28 July 2012), in press.
Calamai, S., Bertinetto, P.M. 2014. Le soffitte della voce. Il progetto Grammo-foni, Manziana, Vecchiarelli, pp. 213.
Calamai, S., Biliotti, F., Bertinetto, P.M. 2014. “Fuzzy archives. What Kind of an Object Is the Documental Unit of Oral Archives?”, in M. Ioannides et al. (Eds.): Digital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection EuroMed 2014, LNCS 8740, pp. 777–785.
Calamai, S., Biliotti, F., Pesini, L., Bertinetto, P.M. 2014. “Building an open sound archive: the case of the Gra.fo project, in Proceedings of the 6th international congress on “Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin,” Rome, vol. 3: 264-269.
Sornicola, R., Calamai, S. 2014. “Sound archives and linguistic variation”, in C. Celata, S. Calamai (eds.), Advances in Sociophonetics, Amsterdam, Benjamins, 169-186.
Calamai, S., Biliotti, F., Bertinetto, P.M., Bertini, C., Ricci, I., Scuotri, G. 2013. “The Gra.fo sound archive: architecture, methods and purpose," in Proceedings of the 2013 Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage), edited by A.C. Addison, G. Guidi, L. De Luca, S. Pescarin, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 439.
Calamai, S., Bertinetto, P.M. 2012, “Per il recupero della Carta dei Dialetti Italiani”, in T. Telmon, G. Raimondi, L. Revelli (eds.), Coesistenze linguistiche nell'Italia pre- e postunitaria. Atti del XLV Congresso internazionale di studi della Società di Linguistica Italiana (Aosta/Bard/Torino 26-28 settembre 2011), 2 voll., Roma, Bulzoni: 335-356.
Canazza, S., Calamai, S., Bertinetto, P.M., De Dominicis, A. 2012. “A protocol for the preservation of speech documents archives: towards the digital curation of the Carta dei Dialetti Italiani,” in Proceedings of 5th International Congress "Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin," Istanbul, Turkey, 22nd-25th November 2011, Vol. IV: 84-93.