Mario Alinei

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Mario Alinei (born 1926, Turin, Italy) is professor emeritus at the University of Utrecht, where he taught from 1959 to 1987, currently living in Impruneta, Italy. He is founder and editor of Quaderni di semantica, a journal of theoretical and applied semantics. Until recently, he was president of Atlas Linguarum Europae at UNESCO.

Alinei has authored hundreds of publications and is a well-known scholar in the field of dialectology. He is also the main proponent of the Paleolithic Continuity Theory, which contends that the Indo-European languages originated in Europe and have existed there since the Paleolithic.[1]

Some of his main linguistical contributions, which were instrumental in creating the Paleolithic Continuity Theory, regarded tendencies towards the conservation of languages, as opposed to the theories of "biological laws" of linguistic change and the method of lexical self-dating.

Alinei was a pioneer in the use of computers in linguistics. According to Pavle Ivić "Alinei is one of the not so numerous European linguists who already in the early sixties were willing and able to apply the results of technological innovations to the study of language."[2]

Works[edit]

  • Lingua e dialetti: Struttura, storia e geografia (Studi linguistici e semiologici)
  • Dal totemismo al cristianesimo popolare: Sviluppi semantici nei dialetti italiani ed europei (Filologia, linguistica, semiologia)
  • Etrusco: una forma arcaica di ungherese, 2003, Il Mulino. The Etruscan language as an archaic form of Hungarian.
  • Alinei, Mario (1991), L'approccio semantico e storico-culturale: verso un nuovo orizzonte cronologico per la formazione dei dialetti, in Atti del Colloquio «I dialetti e la dialettologia negli anni Novanta» (Lecce: 9-11/5/1991), «Rivista Italiana di Dialettologia», 15, pp 43–65.
  • Alinei, Mario (1992), Dialectologie, anthropologie culturelle, archéologie: vers un nouvel horizon chronologique pour la formation des dialectes européens, in AA.VV., Nazioarteko dialektologia biltzarra. Agirak. Actas del Congreso International de Dialectologia Euskaltzaindia (Bilbo: 21–25 October 1991), Bilbo, Bonaparte, 1992, pp. 577–606.
  • Alinei, Mario (1996), Origini delle lingue d'Europa, vol. I - La teoria della continuità. Bologna, Il Mulino.
  • Alinei, Mario (1996–2000), Origini delle lingue d'Europa, vol. I - La teoria della continuità. Vol. II: Continuità dal Mesolitico all'età del Ferro nelle principali aree etnolinguistiche. 2 voll., Bologna, Il Mulino.
  • Alinei Mario (1997a); L'aspect magico-religieux dans la zoonymie populaire, in Publications de la faculté des lettres, arts, et sciences humaines de Nice, Les zoonymes, Nouvelle série, n. 38.
  • Alinei Mario (1997b); Magico-religious motivations in European dialects: a contribution to archaeolinguistics, «Dialectologia et Geolinguistica» 5, pp. 3–30.
  • Alinei, Mario (1997c), L'etude historique des etrês imaginaires des Alpes dans le cadre de la theorie de la continuité, in AA.VV., Actes de la Conference Annuelle sur l'activité scientifique du Centre d'Etude Francoprovencales. Les Etres imaginaires dans les recits des Alpes, Aosta, 1996, pp. 103–110.
  • Alinei Mario (1997d), La teoria della continuità ed alcuni esempi di lunga durata nel lessico dialettale neolatino, in «Rivista Italiana di dialettologia», 21, pp. 73–96.
  • Alinei, Mario (1998a), Towards an invasionless model of Indo-European origins: the continuity theory, in M. Pearce and M. Tosi (eds.), Papers from the EEA Third Annual Meeting at Ravenna 1997. Vol. I: Pre-and Protohistory, pp. 31–33.
  • Alinei, Mario (1998b), Il problema dell'etnogenesi ladina alla luce della "teoria della continuità", in Mondo Ladino. "Atti del Convegno I Ladins dles Dolomites". Convegno Interdisciplinare (Vigo di Fassa, 11-14/9/1996), XXII, pp. 459–487.
  • Alinei, Mario (1998c), Nuove prospettive nella ricerca storico-semantica ed etimologica, in «Quaderni di Semantica» 19,2, Atti del XXX Congresso SLI Budapest, Bulzoni, pp. 199–212.
  • Alinei, Mario (2000a), Origini delle lingue d'Europa. Vol. II: Continuità dal Mesolitico al Ferro nelle principali aree europee, Bologna, Il Mulino.
  • Alinei, Mario (2000b), An alternative model for the origins of European peoples and languages: the continuity theory, «Quaderni di Semantica» 21, pp. 21–50.
  • Alinei, Mario (2000c), L'etnogenesi Ladina alla luce delle nuove teorie sulle origini dei popoli indoeuropei, in Atti del Convegno "Ad Gredine forestum: Il costituirsi di una vallata" (Ortisei: 23-25/9/1999), pp. 23–64.
  • Alinei, Mario (2001a), European dialects: a window on the prehistory of Europe, «Lingua e Stile» 36, pp. 219–240.
  • Alinei, Mario (2001b), Confini archeologici, confini dialettali: verso una dialettologia interdisciplinare, in G. Marcato (ed.), I confini del dialetto, Atti del Convegno (Sappada/Plodn/Belluno: 5-9/7/2000), Padova, Unipress, pp. 75–94.
  • Alinei, Mario (2001c), Conseguenze delle nuove teorie indoeuropeistiche sulla dialettologia romanza, in Badia i Margarit (ed.), «Estudis Romànics», 23, pp. 7–47.
  • Alinei, Mario (2001d), Nuove prospettive nella ricerca storico-semantica ed etimologica, in Società di Linguistica Italiana SLI 42, Semantica e Lessicologia Storiche. Atti del XXXII Congresso, Bulzoni, pp. 25–46.
  • Alinei, Mario (2002), Towards a Generalized Continuity Model for Uralic and Indoeuropean Languages, in K. Julku (ed.), The Roots of Peoples and Languages of Northern Eurasia IV (Oulu: 18-20/8/2000), Oulu, Societas Historiae Fenno-Ugricae, pp. 9–33.
  • Alinei, Mario (2003), Etrusco: una forma arcaica di ungherese, Bologna, Il Mulino.
  • Alinei, Mario (2003b), Interdisciplinary and linguistic evidence for Palaeolithic continuity of Indo-European, Uralic and Altaic populations in Eurasia, in «Quaderni di Semantica» 24,2.
  • Alinei, Mario (fc.a), Continuity from Paleolithic of Indo-European and Uralic populations in Europe: the convergence of linguistic and archaeological frontiers, in Proceedings of the XIVth Congress of the UISPP (Liège: 2-8/9/2001), BAR International Series.
  • Alinei, Mario (fc.b), Interdisciplinary and linguistic evidence for Palaeolithic continuity of Indo-European, Uralic and Altaic populations in Eurasia, with an excursus on Slavic ethnogenesis, in Proceedings of Kobarid conference (2003).

Fellowships[edit]

  • Since 1996: honorary member of the International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics
  • 1989–1996: President of the International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics
  • 1989: President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.
  • 1979–1980: Research Fellowship of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies.
  • Since 1996: senior member of the Royal Academy Gustaf Adolf, Uppsala (Sweden).
  • Ordinary member of the Royal Academy Gustaf Adolf, Uppsala (Sweden).
  • Ordinary member of the Accademia Peloritana, Messina.
  • Founding member of the Società Linguistica Italiana.
  • Founding member of the Societé Internationale de Linguistique et Géolinguistique

Past positions[edit]

  • Since 1980: General Editor of the journal «Quaderni di Semantica».
  • 1970–1997: Co-founder, Vice-President and President (from 1982) of the Atlas Linguarum Europae, a UNESCO sponsored project.
  • 1968–1987: Full Professor of Italian Linguistics and Literature, University of Utrecht (NL).
  • 1962–1968: Associate Professor of Italian Linguistics and Literature, University of Utrecht (NL).
  • 1959–1962: Assistant Professor of Italian Linguistics and Literature, University of Utrecht (NL).
  • Consultant of Olivetti for advanced research on computational linguistics
  • Consultant of IBM for advanced research on computational linguistics

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alinei, Mario. "The Paleolithic Continuity Paradigm for the origins of Indo-European languages: An Introduction in progress", Paleolithic Continuity Paradigm, May 2012
  2. ^ Ivić, Pavle. "Introduction" in: Aspects of Language: Studies in Honour of Mario Alinei, Volume 1: Linguistics, "Rodopi", Amsterdam, 1986, p. XIII

Sources[edit]

  • Nils, A. Hagen, Terho Itkonen, Pavle Ivić, Mieczyslaw Szymczak Århammer (1986), Aspects of Language: Studies in Honour of Mario Alinei
  • Aspects of Language: Studies in Honour of Mario Alinei, vol II: Theoretical and Applied Semantics. Papers Presented to Mario Alinei by his Friends... on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday.

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