Lorenzo C. Coveri is a former full professor of Italian Linguistics and Director of the Masters program in the Teaching of Italian to Foreigners at the University of Genoa. He earned his degree in Modern Languages & Literatures at the University of Genoa with a thesis in Linguistics, specializing in Italian and Romance language dialectology at Louvain, Nijmegen and Saarbruecken. He has taught at the University of Calabria, University of Pavia, and the University for Foreigners in Siena. He has been visiting professor at the Italian School at Middlebury College, at Ohio State University, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and at the Universities of Turku, Helsinki, Lund and Stockholm. His research interests deal mainly with dialectology (Italian, Romance, and Ligurian dialects), as well as sociolinguistic themes in contemporary Italian with special emphasis to young people’s communication and the language of mass media (films, television, radio, songs and new media). He has written about the vocabulary of food, literary onomastics, and the teaching of Italian as a first and as a second language. He has published extensively on these subjects, including books, essays, articles and reviews. His latest work is the book Una lingua per crescere. Scritti sull’italiano dei giovani [A Language for Growing Up: Essays on Young People’s Italian] (Florence, Cesati, 2014). He is the director of RID, “Rivista Italiana di Dialettologia” [Italian Review of Dialectology], and a member of the academic board of the journals LId’O, “Lingua Italiana d’Oggi” [Italian Language Today], “Lingue e culture dei media”, “Giornale degli Amici dell’Accademia della Crusca,” [Journal of the Friends of the Crusca Academy], “Cahiers de Linguistique Sociale.” He has published numerous articles in the cultural pages of Genoa’s daily paper, “Il Secolo XIX” and participated in many radio and television programs both locally and nationally.