Manuela Caniato holds a PhD degree in Linguistics from the University of Ghent. She currently holds a scholarship for postdoctoral research on the language of fashion and its translation. Her past and present research brings a sociological, linguistic and media-analysis approach to different communication phenomena. Her duties include teaching Italian at Ghent University, Belgium, in the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication.
Claudia Crocco is an Associate professor of Italian Linguistics at Ghent University, Belgium. She obtained a Ph.D. in General Linguistics in 2004 (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), with a thesis on intonation and pragmatics in Italian. Her research focuses on spoken Italian and includes the study of the relationship between intonation, syntax, and pragmatics and the analysis of restandardisation processes in contemporary Italian.
Stefania Marzo holds an MA and PhD degree in Linguistics from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, 2006). She is currently assistant professor of linguistics at the KU Leuven, where she teaches Italian linguistics. She previously held a lectureship at the University of Ghent. Her research interests lie primarily in the fields of variationist sociolinguistics and contact linguistics. In particular, she focuses on sociolinguistic variation of Italian (in and beyond Italy), and on the emergence and diffusion of multilingual vernaculars in urban settings (in particular, ethnolectal varieties in Flanders).