Maria Catricalà is Full professor of Roma Tre University, where she has been since 2006 teacher of Linguistics and Communication for the students of Sciences of Communication (BA) and teacher of Languages, Media and Advertising and Linguistics and Journalism for the student of Cognitive Sciences of Communication and Action Theories of Communication, Information, Publishing and Journalism.(MA). She is a board member of the Ph.D. Linguistics and teaching of the Italian language to foreigners (University for Foreigners of Siena) and following of Societies: Italian Linguistics Society; Italian Glottology Society; Historian of the Italian Language Association. Previously, she had held faculty positions at University Siena University for Foreigners (1992-2000) and at La Sapienza University of Rome (2001-6). In Siena she has been Chair of the Linguistic Center of the University for Foreigners, Director of the course Grafetc and delegate of Dean for National Commissions of Tutoring and Evaluation System. She received a Bachelors degree in Literature and Philosophy, Firenze University (thesis: Banchetti di Cristoforo Messisbugo) in 1980, a Ph.D in Linguistics, University of Rome La Sapienza, 1989/1990 (dissertation: “Dibattito linguistico-pedagogico e grammatiche italiane nel primo sessantennio di Unità Nazionale”) and a Certification Course in Italian Linguistics, University of Rome La Sapienza, 1990. She has taught in many Master and she has held training courses for Italian teachers abroad in: Argentina, Australia, Germany, Greece, France, Guatemala, Peru, Spain, Norway and Switzerland. She has been a visiting research in France, at Sorbonne IV, and in USA, at the Department of Linguistic of Berkeley University. She is an expert of Languages for special purposes and their readability. She has studied the vocabulary of many sectors of industrial production (patents, brands, gastronomy, fashion) and those of hidden persuaders (advertising, politics, journalism), at the light of the historical, pragmatic and textual perspective.
Now, the main themes of her present research are the lexicon constructions of the languages for special purposes, their rhetorical strategies (in particular these synaesthetic and spatial) linked to cognitive aspects and the embodied-language.