Savina Raynaud

Savina Raynaud has dedicated, and is continuing to dedicate, her research to the philosophy of language and linguistic theory.

1) Her interests were cultivated primarily from a historiographical perspective, focusing on the
study of authors and individuals in the scientific field who were crucial to the establishment of the
language sciences:

  • Wilhelm von Humboldt,

  • Anton Marty,

  • Gottlob Frege,

  • Karl Bühler,

  • The Prague Linguistic Circle.

2) She has gradually developed her research from the theoretical perspective with particular
reference to:

  • Intentionality and the constraints of psychologism (in Marty);

  • Lexical units and their actualisation in texts;

  • The sermon and the gestalt configuration of statements;

  • Judgment and truth values as denoted by their related assertive statements (in Frege);

  • The centrality of the relationship of identity and identification in semantics and the consequent assimilation of statements in the form of equations, as well as conceptual functions (in Frege);

  • The role of inner linguistic form (in Marty and Humboldt), i.e. the endolinguistic infrastructure which is active in the relationship between signifier and signified, which is also an expression of cultural specificity in communities of speakers;

  • Semiotics pertaining to new information and communications technology;

  • Semantic theory and philosophical, as well as linguistic terminology.


  1. She has proposed a unified treatment of the semantics of deixis, which is documented from the historiographical perspective and argued on a theoretical level. She has edited a publication that not only reconstructs the status quaestionis through collected and translated texts, but also provides critical assessment. This demonstrates a negative impact in terms of restraining the progress of knowledge, of excessive specialisation, intradisciplinary closure and insufficient awareness of the epistemology of the relevant areas of research: logic, semiotics, glottology, general linguistics, ontology and metaphysics.

  2. The regular participation in her group activities, via periodic conferences of the Society of Philosophy of Language and its presidency from 2004 to 2008, have given her the opportunity to:


  1. redirect semantico-pragmatic research, developed mainly on the grounds of ordinary language, to the language of philosophy;
  1. demonstrate the heuristic ability of semantics analysis of the classical texts regarding philosophical thought for historiographical purposes, analyses which allow the delivery of clearer theoretical terms for the identification of problems and their solutions, while dispelling, as such, the ongoing prejudice - from the Neopositivist era up to, and including, the present - of the anti-metaphysics of the philosophy of language;
  2. draw on the resources of new technologies - computational linguistics - to provide investigation of rigorous, verifiable and, as far as possible, automated methodologies.

She graduated in Philosophy with honours at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in 1978.

She was a researcher in the scientific disciplinary L-LIN/Olsector (Glottology and Linguistics) from 1984 to 1994, at the campus at Brescia Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. She has been full professor in the M-FIL/05 sector (Philosophy and Theory of Language): in the academie year 1994-1995 at the University of Calabria and, since 1995, at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan campus.

She was elected international member of the Prague Linguistic Circle in October 2006.

She has given invited lectures and seminars at the University of Turín, Milan Statě University, Trieste, Modena, Róme Sapienza, Palermo, Cagliari, Fribourg, Lausanne, Prague, České Budějovice, Nancy, Paris Descartes, Lilie and Budapest Pázmány.

She has been part of the scientific committee of:

Centre et périphérie dans le systéme linguistique. Symposium organised by the Institute of
Languages and Literatuře in the Faculty of Arts at the University South of Bohemian in
České Budějovice in collaboration with the Circle of Modem Philologists 8 - 11 March
2009, Nové Hrady

( hrady 2009 centre et p riph rie dans le svst me linguistique ),

In TLT 7 (Treebanks and Linguistic Théories:, Groningen 23-24 January 2009) she was appointed, together with Marco Passarotti, chair of TLT 8 (Milan, 3-5 December 2009: 5545.html).

With Tomáš Hoskovec, Federico Albano Leoni and Jürgen Trabant, she was part of the scientific committee of the Karl BŮHLER colloquium: 80 Jahre Sprachtheorie, Prague, 9-10 June 2014:

She was requested by the Czech Science Foundation (GACR: “the major funding body in the Czech Republic that supports all scientific areas of basic research including the international projects” to assess the research project, “Prague Linguistic Circle 1926-1953: the Early History in the Light of Archive Sources ”.

She is a member of the Società di Filosofia del Linguaggio of which she was president in the 4 years from 2004-2008, the Società Filosofica Italiana in 2013 and president of its branch in Lombardy, the Italian Society of Linguistics, the Societé d'Histoire et d'Épistémologie des Sciences du Langage, the Association des Sciences du Langage and the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas.

In 2010 she founded and has since then been director at CIRCSE - Centro Interdisciplinare di Ricerche per la Computerizzazione dei Segni dell'Espressione (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on the Computerisation of the Signs of the Expression), for which Dr Marco Passarotti coordinates research regarding the construction of the Bicultural Thomistic Lexicon, designed by P. Roberto Busa S.J. The primary goal is the creation of the Index Thomisticus Treebank [ITTB: ], namely of analytical annotation at the syntactic level, which is now integrated at the semantic-pragmatic level, of the Latin texts of Aquinas, according the methods of the Prague school of computational Linguistics (UFAL).

She has been a member of the Academic Board of the PhD Program in Humanities at the University of Modena - Reggio Emilia since 2009.

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Rivista di Filosofia Neo-scolastica ( and the Scientific Committee of the Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio (

She is referee for ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems) as part of the national VQR (Quality Assessment Research), for the Rivista di Filosofia Neo-scolastica, for the Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, for Écho des Études Romanes and for Verbum.



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