Nata a Trieste, Marina Sbisà si è laureata in Filosofia all'Università di Trieste nel 1971 (relatore: Guido Morpurgo-Tagliabue)

 Marina Sbisà – CV


Birth date

Trieste (Italy), 22/09/1948



1967-1971 University of Trieste, Faculty of Lettere e Filosofia.

1971     Degree in Philosophy (supervisor: Guido Morpurgo-Tagliabue; score: 110/110 cum laude).


Academic positions at the University of Trieste

1975 Researcher in Philosophy

1991 Lecturer in Semiotics

1992 Associate Professor of Semiotics

1998 Associate Professor of Philosophy of Language

2001 Full Professor (Professore Ordinario) of Philosophy and Theory of Languages

2018 (November 1st) – to date   Retired

2018 (November 1st) – to date   Research collaborator as Senior Scholar

2019 (Spring Term) Lecturer in Philosophy of Language as Eminent Scholar


Roles at the University of Trieste

Marina Sbisà served on several occasions as Coordinator or Vice-Coordinator of study programs at BA, MA and PhD level.

She was a member of the CIRD (Interdepartmental Center for Research on Teaching), University of Trieste, and the Coordinator of the CIMeL (Interdepartmental Center for Research on Mind and Language).

In 2012-2015 she served as the Head of the Department of Humanities and a member of the Academic Senate.



Her research has been concerned with

- the philosophy of language of Wittgenstein, Austin, and Grice

- the philosophy of J.L. Austin and how it contributes to various philosophical issues

- pragmatics (speech act theory, presupposition, implicature)

- gender studies (the feminine subject, critique of the stereotype of the Mother, gender and language)

narrative semiotics and discourse analysis (analyses of selected samples or corpora from conversations, the press, TV or social networks, literary texts, especially in the fields of political discourse, scientific information, L1 teaching, and gender relations)

- linguistic and cultural identities.


Participation in research projects and other research experiences

1972  Collaboration with J.O. Urmson (Oxford, Corpus Christi College) on the revised edition of J.L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words.

1997-2005 Participation in several Italian national research projects (PRIN) in the area of philosophy and direction of the local research units at the University of Trieste

1999 (Spring) Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (MD), USA.

2001-2004 Participation in the European research project "Participation and the Dynamics of Social Positioning - The Case of Biotechnology. Images of Self and Other in Decision-Making Procedures" coordinated by Alfons Bora (University of Bielefeld) and direction of the research unit at the University of Trieste

2002 (Fall) Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy of Rutgers University, New Brunswick (NJ), USA.

2008-2010 Participation in the PRIN project on “Aspects of truth” as a member of the research unit of the University of Bologna, directed by Paolo Leonardi.

2008-2017 Research visits to the Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University as an Academic Visitor.

2012-15 Participation in the research project of the University of Trieste, Department of Humanities, “Pragmatismo e pragmatica. Problemi e prospettive”, directed by Riccardo Martinelli.

2013-2015, participation  in a PRIN project on “Realism and objectivity” as a member of the research unit of the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, directed by Annalisa Coliva.

2015-2017, Participation in the research project of the University of Trieste, Department of Humanities, “The Jew’s Body. Rappresentazioni, narrazioni, linguaggi dopo la Shoah”, directed by Tullia Catalan.


Invited Professorships and Fellowships

2006 (Hilary Term) Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford

2006 (September) Invited cycle of lectures at Fuji Women’s University, Sapporo, Japan.

2010 (May) Visiting Professor at the University of Amiens and at CURAPP (CNRS), France.

2019 (Trinity Term) Visiting Fellow at New College, Oxford.

2019 (June) – to date Elected Member of the Acadaemia Europaea.

2020 (May) Visiting Professor at the University of Szczecin.


Lectures and Seminars

Marina Sbisà delivered lectures and conducted seminars at various Universities in Italy and abroad:

- Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Chieti, Genova, Macerata, Milano (Statale, Cattolica, S. Raffaele), Napoli (Istituto Italiano Studi Filosofici), Padova, Palermo, Parma, Pavia, Perugia, Pisa, Roma (Sapienza, Roma Tre), S. Marino, Sassari, Siena, Torino, Venezia (Cà Foscari);
- Albany (SUNY), Antwerp, Baltimore (Johns Hopkins), Barcelona, Berkeley Ca, Boston (B.U.), Cambridge, Capodistria/Koper, Cincinnati, Heidelberg, Leeds, Leuven, Ljubljana, New Brunswick NJ (Rutgers), Nova Gorica, Paris, Rijeka, Santander, Sheffield, Tilburg, Vienna.


Invited talks at Conferences or Workshops:

She delivered invited talks at many Conferences and Workshops, among which the following recent ones:

International Conference “Meaning, Context and Cognition”, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland, 11-13/04/2013

Conference “Impliciti nei testi normativi”, Department of Law of the University of Torino, Torino, 28/11/ 2013

International Conference “Speech Acts in Theory and Practice”, University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland, 12-13/12/2013

Workshop on Speech Acts, Berlin, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, 12-13/06/2015

Workshop “J.L. Austin Today”, Oxford, Corpus Christi College, 4-5/09/2015

Conference “Knowledge Dissemination in the Digital Era. Language and Episteme”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena 18-20/11/2015 (with Paolo Labinaz)

International Conference “What’s wrong (and what’s right) with ordinary language philosophy”, Turku (Åbo Akademi University), 5-6/05/2017

Conference “The Methods of Philosophy”, Cesano Maderno (Milano, Università Vita e Salute S. Raffaele, 4-6/10/2017

Workshop on Speech Acts, Cambridge, Faculty of Philosophy, 6/06/2019

53rd Conference of the Società di Linguistica Italiana (Workshop on "Implicit meaning as a means of persuasion"), Como, Università dell'Insubria, 20/09/2019

Workshop "Speech, Harm and Social Norms", Milano, Università Vita e Salute S. Raffaele, 3/10/2019

Conference "Atti linguistici", Padova, 12-13/12/2019

Conference "Hate, Fake e altri enigmi. Pratiche discorsive nello spazio pubblico", Viterbo, 17-18/01/2020

Workshop “Comprendere la mente. L’eredità di Wittgenstein alla luce degli sviluppi della filosofia della mente contemporanea”, Napoli, Istituto Italiano Studi Filosofici, 22-25/03/2021

Conference “Le dimensioni del conflitto: Linguaggio, educazione, politica”, Catania 9-10/12/2021

Workshop “Norms of Public Argument: a Speech Act Perspective”, Lisbona (Nova University), 27-29/06/ 2022

Workshop “Phenomenology: Linguistic or Eidetic?”, Graz 8-10/06/2023

“Giornate di studio sull'argomentazione: Dialogare, includere, vendere. L'arte di argomentare nella società contemporanea”, L’Aquila 28-29/09/2023


Membership in the Boards of Scientific Associations:

1991-to date Member of the Board of the International Pragmatics Association

1994-1996 Member of the Board of the Società di Linguistica Italiana

2008-2010 Member of the Board of the Società di Filosofia del Linguaggio

2018-2023 Member of the Executive Committee of the International Pragmatics Association

2018-to date Member of the Board and President of SWIP Italia (Society for Women in Philosophy, Italy)

2024-2025 President of the International Pragmatics Association


Editorial and Reviewer’s Activities

Marina Sbisà is a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Pragmatics, Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, and Lingua. She also served in the Editorial Board of Esercizi Filosofici, electronic journal in Philosophy produced at the Department of Humanities, University of Trieste (2006-2018). She is a member of the Editorial Board of the series "Pragmatics and Beyond" (John Benjamins, Amsterdam) and of the series “Archivio delle Filosofe” promoted by SWIP Italy and published online by EUT, Trieste.

She has acted as a reviewer for various international journals in philosophy and linguistics, among which: Acta Analytica, Erkenntnis, European Journal of Philosophy, Functions of Language, Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Pragmatics, Kashmir Journal of Language Research, Kriterion, Language & Communication, Language Sciences, Linguistic Compass, Phenomenology & Mind, Philosophical Quarterly, Pragmatics, Principia, Rivista di Estetica, Rivista di Linguistica Italiana, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia Analitica Junior, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, Synthese, Text & Talk, Topoi.


Recent and selected publications:



Austinian Themes. Illocution, Action, Knowledge, Truth, and Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

Essays on Speech Acts and Other Topics in Pragmatics Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023, pp. 327

Detto non detto. Le forme della comunicazione implicita (Said not said.The forms of implicit communication), Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2007, 2nd ed. 2010, pp. 212

Linguaggio, ragione, interazione (Language, reason, interaction), Bologna: Il Mulino, 1989, pp. 284, 2nd ed. as an e-book, Trieste: EUT, 2009

La mamma di carta. Per una critica dello stereotipo materno (The Paper Mother. Towards a critique of the maternal stereotype), Milano: Emme, 1984, pp. 115

Wittgenstein, Roma: Astrolabio, 1975, pp. 143


Edited books:

Pragmatics of Speech Actions ed. by M. Sbisà and K. Turner, Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton 2013, pp. 733

Philosophical perspectives for pragmatics. Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights 10, ed. by M.Sbisà, J-O. Östman, J. Verschueren, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2011, pp. 318

Come sapere il parto. Storia, scenari, linguaggi (How to be knowledgeable about childbirth. History, scenarios, languages), ed. by M. Sbisà, Torino: Rosenberg e Sellier 1992, pp. 237

J.L. Austin, Come fare cose con le parole. Italian translation of J.L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words, edited by Carlo Penco & M. Sbisà. Genova: Marietti, 1987

Possibilities and limitations of pragmatics, ed. by H. Parret, M. Sbisà & J. Verschueren, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1981, pp. 854

Gli atti linguistici. Aspetti e problemi di filosofia del linguaggio (Speech acts. Perspectives and issues in the philosophy of language), ed. by M. Sbisà. Milano: Feltrinelli, 1978, pp. 298

J.L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words. 2nd revised edition by J.O. Urmson & M. Sbisà. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975.



*selection from those not reprinted in Essays on Speech Acts, 2023

Presupposition and implicature: Varieties of implicit meaning in explicitation practices. Journal of Pragmatics 182, 2021, pp. 176-188

(with Paolo Labinaz) Argumentation as a dimension of discourse: The case of news articles, Pragmatics & Cognition 25 (3), 2018, pp. 602-630.

Speech acts without propositions? Grazer Philosophische Studien 72, 2006, pp. 155-178.

After Grice: neo- and post- perspectives. Journal of Pragmatics 38, 2006, pp. 2223-2234.

The feminine subject and female body in discourse about childbirth. European Journal of Women's Studies 3, 1996, pp. 363-76.

Politica e racconto. Il caso delle elezioni italiane 1994. Polis, 10 (2), 1996, pp.197-217.

Speech acts and the expression of affect. Grazer Linguistische Studien 33/34, 1990, pp. 279-95.

Acte(s) de langage et acte d'énonciation. Langages 70, 1983, pp. 99-106.

(with Paolo Fabbri) Models (?) for a pragmatic analysis. Journal of Pragmatics 4, 1980, pp. 301-19.

Speech acts e femminilità. Problemi 47, 1976, pp.260-83.



*selection from those not reprinted in Essays on Speech Acts, 2023

Replies to contributors. In L. Caponetto and P. Labinaz (eds), Sbisà on Speech as Action Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, pp. 299-332.

Agency and Identity in the framework of an interactional approach. In G. De Anna and M. Dozzi (eds), Political Identity and the metaphysics of polities. New York: Routledge, 2023.

(Im)politeness and the human subject. In Chaoqun Xie (ed), The Philosophy of (Im)politeness, Cham: Springer, 2021, pp. 157-177.

Philosophical Pragmatics. In A.H. Jucker, K.P. Schneider and W. Bublitz (Eds.), Methods in Pragmatics, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2018

Some remarks about speech act pluralism. In A. Capone et al. (eds), Perspectives on Pragmatics and Philosophy, Springer, 2013, pp. 227-243.

J.L. Austin’s linguistic method: towards a reassessment. In Sandra Laugier, Christophe Al-Saleh (eds), John L. Austin et la philosophie du langage ordinaire, pp. 109-135. Hildesheim: Olms, 2011.

(with Patrizia Vascotto) How to conceive of the other's point of view: considerations from a case study in Trieste. In Sharon Millar, John Wilson (eds), The Discourse of Europe. Talk and Text in Everyday Life, pp. 153-171. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2007.

Communicating citizenship in verbal interaction: principles of a speech act-oriented discourse analysis. In H. Hausendorf and A. Bora (eds), Analysing citizenship talk, pp. 151-180. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2006.

Affetto e diritto come dimensioni dell'interazione verbale. In Carlo Galimberti (ed.), La conversazione. Prospettive sull'interazione psico-sociale. Milano: Guerini, 1992, pp.185-203.

Fra medico uomo e paziente donna: quale analisi?. In Franca Pizzini (ed.), Asimmetrie comunicative. Differenze di genere nell'interazione medico-paziente. Milano: Franco Angeli, 1990, pp. 79-99.

Atti linguistici di spiegazione. In M.S. Barbieri (ed.), La spiegazione nell'interazione sociale: aspetti cognitivi ed evolutivi. Torino: Loescher, 1989, pp. 71-103.

Speech acts and context change. In T. Ballmer & W. Wildgen (eds), Process linguistics. pp. 252-79. Tubingen: Niemeyer, 1987.

Perlocuzione e presupposizioni. In F. Albano Leoni and M.R. Pigliasco (eds), Retorica e scienze del linguaggio. Roma: Bulzoni, 1979, pp.37-60.

Il problema della classificazione degli atti illocutori (The problem of the classification of illocutionary acts). In R. Piovesan (ed.), Ricerche di filosofia linguistica, pp.5-43. Firenze: Sansoni, 1972



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