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Giovanni Ciotti

Giovanni Ciotti

PhD Student, Indian Studies


I completed both my B.A. and M.A. in South Asian Studies in Italy, at the University of Bologna. During my M.A. I became interested in the Indian grammatical literature, especially from the angle of a comparison of its theoretical frameworks with those of Western linguistics, and I graduated with a dissertation on the influence of the speakers’ native tongues on the phonological features of contemporary spoken Sanskrit.

Subject groups/Research projects

Indian Studies:

Research Interests

For my Ph.D., I am working on some – yet untranslated – mediaeval Sanskrit treatises on phonetics and phonology, some of which are preserved in manuscripts kept in the University Library. Recently, I have also developed an interest in the Tamil language, both modern and classical.