Vincenzo Orioles was Full Professor of Linguistics since 1987 at the Universities of Messina and Udine (actually retired, 1.1.2016). At the University of Udine he has been entrusted in different academic roles: chair of the Department of Linguistics and Classical Philology (1995-1999), director in the International Centre for the Study of Plurilingualism (1998-2004), dean of Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures (2004-2007), president in European Studies Degree courses (2006-2008). From 2000 to 2001 he was a member of the advisory committee constituted by the Minister for Regional Affairs to bring into force law no. 482/1999 (“Rules for the protection of linguistic minorities”) by elaborating the concerning accomplishment Regulations.

Among his research interests, he deals with language contact and bilingualism, status of the languages and politics of linguistic diversity, history of linguistic thinking, ancient pre-Roman languages. As a principal investigator, he coordinated a Project of Relevant National Interest (PRIN) on the subject of “Metalanguage of Linguistics. Models and Applications”, 2011-2013). He has also developed a research focus about Italian Language in the world as a local ordinator of a research unit involved in a FIRB (Fund for Investment in Basic Research) Program: Shift, retention and retrieval of the linguistic and cultural space in the 2th and 3th generations of Italian immigrants in the world: language, languages, identity. The Italian language and culture as value and heritage for new professional skills in the emigrants communities, 2009-2013.

He wrote several essays on a wide range of topics. In particular he published an essay a monograph on Russian loanwords in the Italian language (I russismi nella lingua italiana, 2006), a collection of lexical essays (Percorsi di parole, 2006, 2nd ed.), a volume of contributions on minority languages (Le minoranze linguistiche, 2003) and the revisited Italian edition of Uriel Weinreich, Languages in Contact (Lingue in contatto, 2008).
He has promoted many publishing initiatives by editing proceedings of conferences and collections of essays.

He is editor of the Journal Incontri Linguistici (Pisa and Roma, Fabrizio Serra), member of the Board of other scientific periodicals (for instance Rivista italiana di Linguistica e Dialettologia, Expressio). He is also editor or co-editor of book series such as "Lingue, culture e testi" and "Lingue, linguaggi, metalinguaggio" (Roma, Il Calamo), “Valori identitari e imprenditorialità” (Udine, Forum), “Lezioni di linguistica e comunicazione” (Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso), "Il Mediterraneo Plurilingue" (Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso), He was also guest editor of three special issues of the Journal Studi Italiani di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata: Le eteroglossie interne. Aspetti e problemi (2005, with F. Toso). Il metalinguaggio. Temi e costrutti (2010), Il modello di Žarko Muljačić (2015).

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