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Tullio De Mauro

Tullio De Mauro (born 31 March 1932) is an Italian linguist, is professor emeritus of general linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and an Italian politician.

Tullio De Mauro
Italian Minister of Education
In office
25 April 2000 – 11 June 2001
Prime Minister Giuliano Amato
Preceded by Luigi Berlinguer
Succeeded by Letizia Moratti
Personal details

(1932-03-31) 31 March 1932

Torre Annunziata, Campania
Nationality Italian
Political party Independent
Alma mater Sapienza University of Rome
Tullio De Mauro with the Giorgio Napolitano
Medal meritorious of science and culture - Rome, 1 June 2007
1st Class / Knight Grand Cross - Rome, 11 June 2001
2nd Class / Grand Officer - Rome, 2 May 1996


He is the younger brother of the journalist Mauro De Mauro who was kidnapped and killed in September 1970, investigating the Sicilian Mafia.

He was born in Torre Annunziata, Province of Naples. In 1963 he published the monumental Storia linguistica dell'Italia unita ("Linguistic History of Unified Italy"). Two years later De Mauro published L'introduzione alla semantica ("Introduction to Semantics") and, in 1971, Senso e significato.[1]

After preparing the entries on semiotics of the Treccani encyclopedia and publishing the short volume Minisemantica (1982), De Mauro turned to the problem of linguistic education.

De Mauro teaches philosophy of language and is director of the Department of Linguistic Science at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

In 1975 he has been elected to the Regional Council of Lazio in the lists of PCI. In 1976 he has been appointed commissioner for culture, position he held until 1978.

He has been Minister of Education in the Government Amato II.

From 2001 to 2010 he chaired digital world, the foundation of the city of Rome.

He has collaborated in newspapers and magazines: 1956-1964 with the weekly Il Mondo, from 1966 to 1979 the newspaper Paese Sera, from 1981 to 1990 with regular columns on the school (1981–85) and language (1986 ff.) the weekly L'Espresso. He occasionally collaborated with L'Unità, La Stampa, La Repubblica, Il Manifesto, Il Sole-24 Ore, Il Mattino and regularly with Internazionale with the headings "The word" since 2006 and "Schools" since 2008.

Between 1960 and 1973 he collaborated frequently on radio and television RAI when he went back to work again in 1997-2000. Since 1978 he has worked in cycles of radio and television broadcasts of the RTSI (Swiss Italian Radio and Television).


He has given lectures and seminars in universities in various countries:

He has held individual lessons in Italian universities and in some Italian cultural institutes abroad and the lesson cycles sns of Pisa (1973), the IUSS in Pavia as Visiting (2007), University of Tübingen (2009) and to 'computerized university Neptune (2009).


He was awarded the international prize by Giambattista Vico Foundation of Naples and Vatolla (2009). June, 23rd 2006, the Giorgio Napolitano in October.

He has received numerous honorary degrees, including:


  • Storia linguistica dell'Italia unita (prima edizione 1963, Laterza)
  • Introduzione alla semantica (prima edizione 1965, Laterza)
  • Introduzione, traduzione e commento del Corso di linguistica generale di Ferdinand de Saussure (prima edizione 1967, Laterza; dal 1972 l'apparato di De Mauro correda l'edizione originale francese)
  • Senso e significato (raccolta di saggi, 1971, Adriatica, Bari)
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: his Place in the Development of Semantics (1966, Dordrecht)
  • Parlare italiano (1973)
  • Scuola e linguaggio (1977, 1978)
  • Guida all'uso delle parole (prima edizione 1980, Editori Riuniti)
  • Minisemantica (prima edizione 1982, Laterza)
  • Capire le parole (raccolta di saggi, prima edizione 1994, Laterza)
  • Direzione del Grande Dizionario Italiano dell'Uso, 6 voll. (1999, Utet)
  • Prima lezione sul linguaggio (2002, Laterza)
  • La cultura degli italiani a cura di Francesco Erbani (2004, Laterza)
  • La fabbrica delle parole (2005, Utet)
  • Introduzione, traduzione e commento degli Scritti inediti di linguistica generale di Ferdinand de Saussure (2005, Laterza)
  • Parole di giorni lontani (2006, il Mulino)
  • Lezioni di linguistica teorica (2008, Laterza)
  • Che cosa è una lingua
  • In principio c'era la parola? (2009, Il Mulino)
  • Parole di giorni un po' meno lontani (2012, il Mulino)
  • La lingua batte dove il dente duole (2013, Laterza; scritto con Andrea Camilleri)

Selected works


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External links

  • Official website

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