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Professor Mair Parry


Mair Parry studied French with Accessory Italian at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (BA 1968), followed by Modern Languages (Italian) at Oxford University (BA 1970). She was appointed to a Lectureship in Italian at UCW, Aberystwyth in 1970, gaining a doctorate for a thesis on the dialect of Cairo Montenotte (SV, Italy) in 1985, and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1993. Having moved to Bristol in 1995, she was awarded a Personal Chair in Italian Linguistics at Bristol in 1998. From 2000-2004 she co-directed a major AHRB-funded collaborative research project with the University of Manchester entitled, Sintassi degli antichi volgari d'Italia (SAVI) (Syntax of the early vernaculars of Italy) and for ten years organised an annual Incontro di dialettologia italiana at Bristol. Having taken early retirement in 2004, she taught Italian linguistics in the Department until 2008 and is now Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow. She is a consultant
for the Atlante Sintattico d’Italia (, based at the University of Padua, and for the AHRC-funded research project, Existential constructions: An investigation into the Italo-Romance dialects (, based at the University of Manchester. She was recently the surprised and very pleased recipient of a Festschrift, entitled Diachrony and Dialects and edited by her colleagues in Italian linguistics, Paola Benincà, Adam Ledgeway and Nigel Vincent (OUP, 2014) (



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