Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Brief curriculum vitae


I'm a pronunciation lexicographer and phonetician. With a 1st class master's degree in Applied Linguistics and ELT from St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, London, I have been teaching English pronunciation for over 10 years.


Main appointments: Lecturer in English Phonetics at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy (2011-2013); Lecturer in English Language at the Università degli Studi di Tor Vergata, Rome (2011-2018); Lecturer in English Phonetics and Medical English at the Nursing Board of Rome (OPI) (2010-2020); Lecturer in English Language at the Catholic University "Our Lady of Good Counsel", Tirana (2015-2017); Lecturer in English Language at the Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy (2016-2019); Lecturer in English Phonetics on the Contemporary English pronunciation course, Galleria Prencipe, Rome (2017-2022); Lecturer in Medical English at the Saint Camillus International University of Health Sciences, Rome (2018-2023); Lecturer in English Language for the PhD Program in Human Movement and Sports Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Roma "Foro Italico", Rome (2020-2022); Member of the Scientific committee for the 2015 and 2017 Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference (PTLC) at University College London (UCL), London; Reviewer for the 22nd National Conference of the English Phonetic Society of Japan and the 3rd International Congress of Phoneticians of English (EPSJ22 and ICPE3); Tutor on the UCL's Summer Course in English Phonetics (SCEP), London (2018-2022); Phonetics consultant and proofreader for Luke Nicholson's online English pronunciation course Improve Your Accent.





My main interests are: phonetics of present-day English and Italian; EFL-oriented English phonetics; phonetics in lexicography; English accents; medical English pronunciation.

Main conferences/guest lectures: Apprendere l'inglese: miti e leggende, Tarquinia, Viterbo, 24th November 2013; pS-prominenceS, Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, 12-14 December 2013; Contrastive English/Italian Phonetics, University of Bedfordshire, 25th February 2015.


I am the author of a phonetics blog called Alex's Phonetic Thoughts, and I often correspond with expert phoneticians of the calibre of Jack Windsor Lewis, John Wells and John Maidment. See, for example, the following guest posts here and here, as well as this link to the IPA website.

Together with Beverley Collins and Inger Mees I have written an article on contemporary Italian pronunciation which is contained in the 3rd edition of Practical Phonetics and Phonology, Routledge 2013. For further information, see here and here

I'm one of the authors of the article "Italian", contained in the 4th edition of the book Practical English Phonetics and Phonology (Routledge, 2019; pp. 190-195). 

I've written several books on medical English pronunciation and listening comprehension for Italian students, including:

1) L'inglese medico-scientifico: pronuncia e comprensione all'ascolto (2014; EdiSES). For further information, see this post of mine, and this article by the phonetician Geoff Lindsey

2) Health Care Professionals Speaking: conversazioni in ambito sanitario per i professionisti della salute (with phonetic transcriptions and recordings of all the dialogues included), (2015; EdiSES). See here.

3) Parlare e comprendere l'inglese contemporaneo della medicina e infermieristica (2020; EdiSES Università).

I'm the author of Medicine and Nursing: A Pronouncing Dictionary of Contemporary British and American English, EdiSES Università (forthcoming).

I occasionally also contributed to John Maidment's website E P Tips.  

I have written the article "Congratulatory Message" contained in A Festschrift for Professor Jack Windsor Lewis on the Occasion of his 90th Birthday, Journal of the English Phonetic Society of Japan (2017), no. 21, pp. 20-21.


My first language is Italian, although I have been speaking English since childhood and consider myself fully bilingual in both languages. Here's what the phonetician Jack Windsor Lewis wrote about me:

Alex is a leading teacher of EAL (English as an additional language) in Italy. He sounds exactly like a native speaker when he uses English. (blog 416, 21 August 2012)
[Y]our expertise is so great that I can't even remember one occasion when your transcriptions contained anything that a native speaker wouldnt (sic) say. (blog 7 July 2012)

And here's what Geoff Lindsey has to say in one of his fascinating posts:

The very few non-natives who do use supposedly "intrusive" /r/ are those with an excellent ear who managed to sound native or very nearly so. Earlier this year Italian phonetician Alex Rotatori, who has extremely native-like SSB pronunciation, posted a connected-speech transcription about his home town of Tarquinia, beginning tɑːkwɪniər ɪz... Alex's transcription of unwritten r isn't a mistake, it shows what a good phonetician he is.

For further information, please visit this link.