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Emeritus Professor Ronnie Ferguson

Prof Ronald G FergusonContact Details

rgf@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Research and Teaching

My main research interest is Italian Renaissance theatre, especially comedy in Venice and the Venetian state between c.1500 and c.1560. I have published extensively, and am continuing to carry out research, on Angelo Beolco (Ruzante), on the popular theatre of the early Conquecento, on multilingual Renaissance theatre and on stage sets of the period.

I work and publish on Italian dialectology, with a particular focus on the dialects of the north east of Italy. I have recently applied koineisation and sociolinguistic models to establish the origins of Venetian. My book A Linguistic History of Venice was published by Olschki of Florence (2007). I have published a series of etymological studies of north-eastern Italian lexis in major journals (Lingua Nostra, L'Italia Dialettale, Ce Fastu). I am continuing to research and publish on aspects of Venetian and Veneto linguistics, etymology and onomastics.

My next monograph will be Saggi di Lingua e Cultura Veneta. It will consist of some 10 chapters amounting to c. 100,000 words. It will cover aspects of literature, drama, philology and linguistics relating to Venice and the Veneto.

My research on Italian identity has ranged from work on the Italian far right to my edited volume on Italian Identities (Oxford, Forum for Modern Language Studies). I am currently working on the links between language and identity and on the theory and mechanics of language variation and change.

My work on Dante is particularly focused on Dante's use of naturalistic similes. At the moment I am carrying out a study of bird imagery in the Commedia.

PhD Supervision

Alessandro Pipitone

Publications

Le iscrizioni in antico volgare delle confraternite laiche veneziane
Ferguson, R. 15 Nov 2015 Venice: Marcianum Press. 144 p. (Anecdota Veneta)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Saggi di Lingua e Cultura Veneta
Ferguson, R. 14 Jul 2013 Padua: CLEUP. 416 p. (Romanistica Patavina)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

A Linguistic History of Venice
Ferguson, R. G. 2007 Florence: Casa Editrice Leo S Olschki. 320 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Theatre of Angelo Beolco (Ruzante): Text, Context and Performance
Ferguson, R. G. 2000 Longo. 256 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Il Rabelais di Sir Thomas Urquhart: traduzione o rielaborazione?
Ferguson, R. G. 21 Sep 2016 "Fedeli, diligenti, chiari e dotti". Traduttori e traduzione nel Rinascimento. Gregori, E. (ed.). Padua: CLEUP, p. 393-410 17 p. (Romanistica Patavina; no. 8)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

'Molte cose stanno bene nella penna che nella scena starebben male': Reading between the lines of the surviving Ruzante texts
Ferguson, R. 1 Oct 2013 The Tradition of the Actor-Author in Italian Theatre. Fischer, D. (ed.). Oxford: Legenda, p. 20-29 9 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A Companion to Early Modern Venice, 1400-1797
Ferguson, R. 1 Aug 2013 A Companion to Early Modern Venice, 1400-1797. Dursteler, E. (ed.). Leiden: Brill, p. 929-957 28 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Poetiche del paradosso nel teatro ruzantiano
Ferguson, R. 30 Jun 2012 Molte cose stanno bene nella penna che ne la scena starebben male : Teatro e Lingua in Ruzante. Cecchinato, A. (ed.). Padua: CLEUP, p. 205-221 17 p. (Romanistica Patavina)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Food and its roles in the theatre of Angelo Beolco (Ruzante)
Ferguson, R. G. 2010 L'italiano a tavola: Linguistic and Literary Traditions. Lepschy, A. L. & Tosi, A. (eds.). Guerra (Perugia), p. 43-52
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The long-term contact influence of Italian on Venetian: dynamics of convergence, resistance and divergence
Ferguson, R. G. 2007 Languages of Italy: Histories and Dictionaries. Lepschy, A. L. & Tosi, A. (eds.). Longo, p. 43-53
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

From proto-language of state to urban dialect: The impact on Venetian of long-term contact with Italian
Ferguson, R. G. 2007 Language Contact and Minority Languages on the Littorals Europe. Ureland, S., Lodge, A. & Pugh, S. (eds.). Logos Verlag, p. 161-173
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ruzante and Venetian Renaissance Theatre
Ferguson, R. G. 2006 A History of Italian Theatre. Brand, P., Farrell, J. & Puppa, P. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 61-73
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Appunti sul veneziano di Ruzante
Ferguson, R. G. 2005 In lengua grossa, in lengua sutile: Studi su Angelo Beolco, il Ruzante. Schiavon, C. (ed.). Padua: Esedra, p. 207-225
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Andrea Calmo', 'Angelo Beolco', 'Maffio Venier', 'La Veniexiana', 'Venetian Polyglot plays'
Ferguson, R. G. 2002 The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature. Hainsworth, P. & Robey, D. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Venues and Staging in Ruzante's Theatre: A Practitioner's Experience
Ferguson, R. G. 1999 The Renaissance Theatre: Texts, Performance, Design, I: English and Italian Theatre. Cairns, C. (ed.). Ashgate
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Veneto selega (AIS 488) e sisila (AIS 499): due etimi greci connessi?
Ferguson, R. G. 1998 L'Italia Dialettale Edizioni ETS,Pisa, vol LIX. p. 299-311
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Status, Function and Evolution of Dialect in Ruzante's Theatre.
Ferguson, R. G. 1996 Italian Dialects and Literature. Zancani, D. & Tandello, E. (eds.). Institute of Romance Studies, p. 23-36
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Dating the vernacular inscription on the wall of St Mark's Treasury in Venice. A case study in medieval epigraphic philology
Ferguson, R. 7 Jul 2017 In : Italian Studies. 72, 3, p. 222-237 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Torcello 1366: le scritte in volgare ricamate sul gonfalone di Santa Fosca
Ferguson, R. 1 Dec 2015 In : Lingua e Stile. 50, 2, p. 193-208 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Un'iscrizione in veneziano trecentesco su reliquiario marciano
Ferguson, R. 1 Sep 2015 In : Quaderni Veneti. 4 , 1, p. 1-10 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Primi influssi culturali italo-veneti sull'inglese: la testimonianza dei venezianismi in Florio, Coryate e Jonson
Ferguson, R. 26 Nov 2012 In : Quaderni Veneti. 1, 1, p. 57-82 26 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Five comedies from the Italian Renaissance.
Ferguson, R. Apr 2006 In : Modern Language Review. 101, p. 554-556 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Alle origini del veneziano: una koiné lagunare?
Ferguson, R. G. 2005 In : Zeitschrift für Romanische Philologie. 121, 3, p. 476-509 34 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Formation of the Dialect of Venice
Ferguson, R. G. & Lodge, R. A. (ed.) Oct 2003 In : Aspects of Linguistic Change. 39, 4, p. 450-464 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The critique of national identity in the novels of Mario Rigoni Stern
Ferguson, R. Apr 2002 In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 38, p. 155-169 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

L'etimologia dell'adriatico cocàl(e)/crocàl(e): 'gabbiano'
Ferguson, R. G. Jan 2002 In : Ce fastu? : Rivista della Società filologica friulana "Graziado I. Ascoli.". 78, 1, p. 7-22
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Critique of National Identity in the Novels of Mario Rigoni Stern
Ferguson, R. G. & Ferguson, R. G. (ed.) 2002 In : Italian Identities. 38, 2, p. 35-50
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Influence of Venetian Popular Theatre on Ruzante's Parlamento and Bilora.
Ferguson, R. G. 1996 In : Italian Studies. LI, p. 113-33
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Review of the volume Speaking the Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy, edited by Jo Ann Cavallo and Carlo Lottieri, Special Issue of "Annali d'Italianistica", 2016, 448 pp., ISSN 0741-7527.
Ferguson, R. 7 Jul 2017 In : Italian Studies. 72, 3, p. 338-340 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

La prima oratione, by Angelo Beolco (il Ruzante). Ed. by Linda L. Carroll. (MHRA Critical Texts, 16). London: Modern Humanities Research Association. 2009. 158pp. ISBN 978-0-947623-79-1.
Ferguson, R. G. Apr 2010 In : Modern Language Review. 105, 2, p. 576-579
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Venice and the Islamic World 828-1797. Ed. by Stefano Carboni. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006. 375pp. ISBN979-0-300-12430-9.
Ferguson, R. G. Mar 2009 In : Italian Studies. 64, 1, p. 166-168
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Sui dialetti italoromanzi: Saggi in onore di Nigel Vincent. Ed. by Delia Bentley and Adam Ledgeway. The Italianist, 27 (2007), Special supplement, I. 316 pp. ISSN 0261-4340.
Ferguson, R. G. Sep 2008 In : Italian Studies. 63, 2, p. 340-342
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

Staging Scripted Comedy in Renaissance Venice (1500-1560): A Survey of the Evidence
Ferguson, R. G., Richardson, B. (ed.), Gilson, S. (ed.) & Keen, C. (ed.) 2004
Research output: Other contribution

Per la storia di brufolo
Ferguson, R. G. 2004
Research output: Other contribution

Introduction - Introducing Italian identities
Ferguson, R. Apr 2002 In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 38, p. 121-125 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Italian Identities
Ferguson, R. G. Apr 2002 In : Forum for Modern Language Studies. 38, 2, p. 240 240 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue