Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale

Topic: Linguistics

Aims & Scope
The online journal continues the tradition of the Annali di Ca’ Foscari which was founded in 1962. It is an expression of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and its aim is to represent the different disciplinary areas of the Department, which range from literary and philological studies to linguistics, language teaching, and historical studies. The geographical area covered extends from Europe to the Americas and the postcolonial world. Contributions can be made in any of the languages relating to this area, as well as in Italian and English. All contributions are subject to a double-blind peer review.  The new version of the Annals welcomes essays, reviews and notes by qualified Italian and foreign scholars, and is particularly interested in the work of new and young scholars (postdocs, graduate students, graduates) as well as by established academics. Combining the interdisciplinary with attention to the specificities of the cultural areas which fall within its remit, the Annali occidentali – which is published annually– offers a lively and enriching space for discussion and dialogue.
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    General Editor
    Alessandra Giorgi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Stefania Sbarra, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Michela Vanon Alliata, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Literature, Culture, History Section | Scientific Board
    Malcolm Andrews, University of Kent, UK    
    Stephen Arata, University of Virginia, USA    
    Anna Paola Bonola, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italia    
    Stefan Brandt, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Österreich    
    Iain Chambers, Università degli Studi di Napoli «L'Orientale», Italia    
    Marina Ciccarini, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italia    
    Luca Crescenzi, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italia    
    Mario del Pero, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris SciencesPo, France    
    Heinrich Detering, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Deutschland    
    Evgeny Dobrenko, The University of Sheffield, UK    
    Maria Giulia Fabi, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italia    
    Antonio Fernández Ferrer, Universidad de Alcalá - UAH, España    
    Francesco Fiorentino, Università degli Studi di Bari «Aldo Moro», Italia    
    Cristina Giorcelli, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia    
    Luis Gómez Canseco, Universidat de Huelva, España    
    Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University, USA    
    Sandra Guardini Teixeira Vasconcelos, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil    
    Gunilla Hermansson, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden    
    Fátima Marinho, Universidade do Porto, Portugal    
    Jean-Pierre Naugrette, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France    
    Ryszard Nycz, Uniwersytet Jagielloński Kraków, Polska    
    Luca Pietromarchi, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia    
    Giuliano Tamani, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Paolo Tortonese, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, France    

    Literature, Culture, History Section | Editorial Board
    Magda Campanini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Vanessa Castagna, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Massimo Ciaravolo, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Simone Francescato, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    David Newbold, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Daniela Rizzi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Adrián J. Sáez García, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Gerardo Tocchini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Daniele Vecchiato, King’s College London, UK    

    Linguistics Section | Scientific board
    Adriana Belletti, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italia    
    Davide Bertocci, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia    
    Carlo Cecchetto, Università di Milano Bicocca, Italia    
    Guglielmo Cinque, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Francesco Costantini, Università degli Studi di Udine, Italia    
    Roberta D’Alessandro, Universiteit Leiden, Nederland    
    Paola Desideri, Università G. d’Annunzio di Chieti, Italia    
    Anna Maria Di Sciullo, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada    
    Caterina Donati, Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France    
    Odd Einar Haugen, Universitetet i Bergen, Kongeriket Norge    
    Maria Teresa Guasti, Università di Milano Bicocca, Italia    
    Adam Ledgeway, University of Cambridge, UK    
    Carla Marello, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, University of Arizona, USA    
    Luigi Rizzi, Università di Siena, Italia    
    Sergio Scalise, Università di Bologna, Italia    
    Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh, UK    
    Avellina Suñer, Universitat de Girona, España    

    Linguistics | Editoral board
    Chiara Branchini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Laura Brugè, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marina Buzzoni, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Carmel Mary Coonan, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Giuliana Giusti, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marie-Christine Jamet, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Nicola Munaro, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Direttore responsabile
    Guido Moltedo  

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    Authors who publish with this Journal/Series agree to the following terms:

    1. Open Access publishing is at no cost. Therefore, the Publisher (ECF) charges a fee of 8€ (+VAT) per page (2000 characters, spaces included) for each article or monograph, after acceptance. This fee applies for Journals/Series or series affiliated with Institutions or Research entities not linked with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
    2. If the Journals/Series or series is affiliated to Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, publication fees are met by the single Departments on the basis of specific arrangements between the Departments and ECF.
    3. In any case, Authors’ institutions – and not individual Authors – will be charged.
    In case of an article of monograph with particular features or complex content (non-western languages, non-standard graphic elaborations, etc.), Authors’ institutions may be charged with extra fees, to be determined by ECF.

    To find out more, please contact Edizioni Ca’ Foscari’s editorial staff at

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    Every article published by ECF was accepted for publication by no less than two qualified reviewers as a result of a process of anonymous reviewing (double-blind peer review).

    The reviewers are independent of the authors and not affiliated with the same institution.

    The Journal’s/Series’ Scientific Director guarantees the proper execution of the peer review process for every article published in the Journal/Series. The evaluation is conducted in accordance with the following criteria:
    Revision policies for the different sections:

    • Complete volume/issue: subject to peer review
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    • Introductions, prefaces: no peer review
    • Reviews: no peer review
    • Editorials: no peer review
    For a complete description of the process, please see: Scientific Certification of the Works Published by ECF
Editorial Guidelines

To be published all manuscripts must comply with the following guidelines. In case of blatant violation of the guidelines, the editor (ECF) can suspend at any time the manuscript’s publication.

The instructions for the preparation of your manuscript, its abstract and its bibliography, are an integral part of the requirements for the manuscript submission. They are downloadable from the menu ‘Publish with us’ at the item: ‘Guidelines’.

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 Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale. Special issue: PROJECTS FOR HUMANKIND: REVOLUTIONS, UTOPIAS AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING.

The online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale (Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale) invites contributions for a special issue on “Projects for Humankind: Revolutions, Utopias and Social Engineering”.

To change men and women, to transform them into something radically different and better is a desire that seems to be persistent in human history. It is an aspiration that shapes up differently depending on shifting historical contexts: utopian visions; movements of religious, political or cultural reformation; violent and nonviolent revolutions; variably overt forms of social engineering in democratic and totalitarian regimes alike.

On the one hand, the idea of a possible reinvention, a new shaping or a transformation of human beings might sound alarming; on the other, it is an appealing prospect for those who think they could (and should) bring it forth. On yet another level, it might look like a dangerous necessity: Francesco Remotti (2013), who labels the process of social building of human beings as anthropopoiesis, argues that people cannot avoid shaping themselves into a specific model of humankind, regardless of how consciously they do it, and come to results that are more or less satisfactory, and at times painful for themselves and others.

The aim of the issue is to reflect on the wide range of plans, dreams, visions, models, movements, or ideologies which are concerned with creating “projects for humankind”. Proposals for contributions from literary, linguistic, anthropological, sociological, historical, artistic, cinematic and philosophical perspectives are all welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • projects of political, religious, or cultural reformation
  • designs of social engineering
  • violent impositions of different human models
  • utopias and dystopias focussed on the transformation of human beings
  • revolutions and their philosophical underpinnings
  • visionary plans about the future of humankind
  • Prospective contributors are kindly requested to send an abstract (in English, max. 700 characters, spaces included) to both and The abstract should include five keywords in English. Please also attach a bio-bibliographical note (in English, max. 1,000 characters, spaces included) and specify that your contribution is meant for the special issue “Projects for Humankind” in the object of your e-mail.

    Articles can be written in Italian, English, German, Russian, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

    Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 20/11/2018
    Deadline for the submission of articles: 20/02/2019

    After the selection of the proposals, the prospective collaborators will be invited to submit an article (max. 20,000 characters, spaces included). Submissions should follow the editorial guidelines of Edizioni Ca’ Foscari: ‘Editorial Guidelines’.

    Guest editors: Luca Cortesi, Cristina Cugnata, Lucio De Capitani, Giulia Frare, Alice Girotto, Serena Vianello.

    - CALL FOR PAPERS: Call for Submissions for Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale (Western Languages, Literatures, Culture, and History Section) (53 | 2019)
    Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale is an open-access annual online journal of double blind peer-reviewed academic articles which was first published in 1962 (Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale). It is international in outlook, and accepts contributions both from established Italian and foreign academics and from younger scholars. It’s indexed in DOAJ, ERIH Plus, MLA e Worldcat.
    The Western Languages and Literatures Section of the journal welcomes contributions in English, Albanese, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French, modern Greek, German, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian-Croatian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.

    Western Languages, Literatures, Culture, and History Section is currently seeking submissions for the next issue, which has a planned publication date of Autumn 2019. Proposals will be evaluated by the Editor and the Editorial Board on the basis of their pertinence to the research areas covered by the Department. Articles, including footnotes and references section, should not exceed 50,000 characters (including spaces).

    All articles should be accompanied by an abstract in English (600 strokes, including spaces). All abstracts should be followed by four key words and by a short biographical note in English (1,000 strokes, including spaces).

    In addition to full-length articles, the journal also publishes reviews of significant recent or forthcoming works, in Italian or in English (maximum two pages per review).

    All contributions should be sent to: When you email your submission, please indicate clearly which section of the journal your article or review is intended for.
    The deadline for abstracts is December 20th 2018.

    The Editors,
    Stefania Sbarra and Michela Vanon Alliata

    - CALL FOR PAPERS for the linguistic section of the journal Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale (53 | 2019)

    Dear Friends, the journal Annali di Ca Foscari. Serie occidentale is double blind peer review journal. It is published online and is open access. You can find it at the following link: Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale.
    Articles can be written either in Italian or in English.

    Please send an abstract in English (max 600 characters, spaces included), a short biography (max 1,000 characters, spaces included) and 5 keywords, to the following address:
    Deadline for the abstracts: December 20th.

    Editorial norms can be downloaded at the following link: ‘Editorial Guidelines’.

    Please specify in the object of your email that the article is for publication in the linguistic section.

    The Editorial Committee,
    Alessandra Giorgi

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      Ethical Code of Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale

      Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

      Publisher responsibilities  

      The Publisher must provide the Journal with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.

      The Publisher must have a written agreement that defines the relationship with the owner of the Journal and/or the Editor-in-Chief. The agreement must comply with the Code of Behavior for Publishers of Scientific Journals, as established by COPE.

      The relationship among the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

      Editors responsibilities 

      The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

      Submitted articles will be sent to at least two reviewers. Final acceptance presumes the implementation of possible amendments, as required by the reviewers and under the supervision of the Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale Editors.

      The Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale Editors and Editorial Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Journalʼs policy, i.e. exclusively on the basis of its scientific content, without discrimination of race, sex, gender, creed, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the scientific, academic and political position of the Authors. 

      If the Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale Editors and Editorial Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation. 

      Authors responsibilities


      Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale website. 

      No multiple submissions

      Authors must explicitly state that their work is original in all its parts and that the submitted paper has not been previously published, nor submitted to other journals, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper gets published without significant revision, earlier dissemination in conference proceedings or working papers does not preclude consideration for publication, but Authors are expected to fully disclose publication/dissemination of the material in other closely related publications, so that the overlap can be evaluated by the Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale Editors. 


      Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the article is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. The respective roles of each co-author should be described in a footnote. The statement that all authors have approved the final version should be included in the disclosure.

      Conflicts of interest and financing

      Authors, under their own responsibility, must avoid any conflict of interest affecting the results obtained or the interpretations suggested. The Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale Editors will give serious and careful consideration to suggestions of cases in which, due to possible conflict of interest, an Author’s work should not be reviewed by a specific scholar. Authors should indicate any financing agency or the project the article stems from. 


      Authors must see to it that all works consulted be properly quoted. If works or words of others are used, they have to be properly paraphrased or duly quoted. Citations between “double quotes” (or «angled quotation marks» if the text is written in a language other than English) must reproduce the exact wording of the source; under their own responsibility, Authors should carefully refrain from disguising a restyling of the source’s wording, as though it was the original formulation. 

      Ethical Committee

      Whenever required, the research protocols must be authorised in advance by the Ethical Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 


      When Authors find a mistake or an inaccuracy in their own article, they must immediately warn the Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale Editors, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

      Reviewers responsibilities


      By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale Editors and Editorial Board in taking decisions on the articles submitted. They are expected to offer the Authors suggestions as to possible adjustments aimed at improving their contribution submission. 

      Timing and conflicts of interest

      If a reviewer does not feel up to the task of doing a given review, or if she/he is unable to read the work within the agreed schedule, she/he should notify the Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale Editors. Reviewers must not accept articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous contributions or to a competition with a disclosed author (or with an author they believe to have identified). 


      The content of the reviewed work must be considered confidential and must not be used without explicit authorisation by the author, who is to be contacted via the editor-in-chief. Any confidential information obtained during the peer review process should not be used for other purposes.

      Collaborative attitude

      Reviewers should see themselves not as adversaries but as advocates for the field. Any comment must be done in a collaborative way and from an objective point of view. Reviewers should clearly motivate their comments and keep in mind the Golden Rule of Reviewing: “Review for others as you would have others review for you”. 


      Reviewers should report any similarity or overlapping of the work under analysis with other works known to them.