• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Prof. Pier Marco BERTINETTO
Full Professor
Tel. +39 050 509261

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di Scienze Umane
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA


Pier Marco Bertinetto (born in Ferrara, 1947) graduated at the University of Torino in 1971 and completed his training with scholarships at the University of Uppsala (1975) and at the University College London (1976).
Since then, he has maintained regular contacts with several European and American centres for linguistic research, both with shared research programs and as visiting scholar/professor.
(NB: the PhD title was only introduced in the Italian academic system subsequently to his appointment as a regular teacher).


Director of Laboratorio di Linguistica at Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) since 1981.
Vice-director of Scuola Normale Superiore in 1999/2000.
Dean of Classe di Lettere therein in 2005/06.
Member of promotion committees for the CNR (twice) and for various Italian universities (four selections for “ricercatore”, three for “associate professor”, two for “full professor”). Consulted expert in several selection procedures of European and USA universities.


President of Societas Linguistica Europaea for 2009.
Foreign member of the Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia (Finnish Academy of Sciences) (since 2006).
Member of the Academia Europaea (since 2010).
Corresponding member of the Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (since 2012).
Former member of the “Permanent Council of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences” and of the board of the International Phonetic Association.
Former member of the Nominating Committee of Società di Linguistica Italiana (twice) and of Association for Linguistic Typology.
Member of the Scientific Committee of LETiSS (Lingue d’Europa: Tipologia, Storia e Sociolinguistica; Centro di Formazione post-Laurea e Ricerca at Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori, Pavia).
Member of the evaluating committee Zentrum für Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft (Berlin, 2005), and on behalf of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2006). Reviewer of projects and staff members on behalf of various international universities and national research agencies (Australia, Italy, Switzerland, USA).
First prize in the Bonaventura competition for literary criticism of the Academy of Sciences of Turin (1979).

»Updated publications list (1971-2017)