Antonio Sciarretta

This is my profile as a toponymy researcher. For my professional and scientific pages, go here.

Hello, I am Antonio Sciarretta. I am from Ortona, a small city on the central Adriatic coast of Italy, in the region Abruzzi (italian Abruzzo). I work as a researcher in mechanical engineering. My specialization is in thermal machines and particularly in the control of powertrains. More spefically, my main current interest is in hybrid vehicles. I have a doctoral title (Ph.D.) from the Università dell'Aquila, where I obtained also my Laurea degree (Master). Since 2006, I work at IFP, based in Rueil-Malmaison, France. I am also lecturer at the ETH-Zürich, in the Switzerland, since 2001.

Besides my research expertise above, since several years I am interested in historical linguistics and particularly in toponymy, the study of place names and their origin. I began with reading books and glossaries. In 1994 I launched my personal research campaign on the Abruzzese Appennine toponymy (see my first section). I explored town after town, interviewing local people used to the mountain paths, asking them for place names in the local, dialectal form. Most of the thousands of place names collected do not appear in any publication, nor in the official Italian maps. In some cases, the place names had been previously recorded only in some "Italianized" form, very different from the original one, which did not allow for the reconstruction of the true name etymology. I published some material in two books, one on the massif of Maiella (you can buy it here) and the other on the natural reserve of Pettorano sul Gizio, plus some articles in a regional journal. Other minor writings are contained in one guide-books that I wrote as a co-author. However the largest fraction of the data collected was still unpublished and that is why I decided to put it on this site. I hope I will be able to eventually complete the duty. It is a very huge amount of stuff! Moreover, in this section I have put some material concerning the dialects of Abruzzi and central Italy in general. The related pages mainly deals with phonetic changes and they are based on my personal records and mainstream publications (linguistic atlases, books, etc.)

The second section is devoted to another exciting research field. The ancient toponymy. With that I mean the place names of Europe in the 1st millennium BC and before, as recorded in Greek and Latin sources. The aim of such thing is to reconstruct, for what is possible, the linguistic conditions in the Old Europe, particularly focusing on those peoples who probably disappeared before their language was ever recorded by the Greeks or the Romans. Therefore this research is strictly correlated to linguistics and, in particular, to indo-european studies. My first publication in this field is my 2010 book issued by a major Italian publisher, Ugo Mursia Editore

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My resume

  • Birth: July 13, 1970 in Ortona, Italy, from Marcello and Lucia Massari. See my genealogy Here.
  • Address: 34 rue du Château, 92500 Rueil Malmaison, France
  • Status: Married with Paola since 2006. Two children: Letizia (2007) and Lorenzo (2010).
  • 1989 graduated from the Liceo Scientifico of Francavilla al Mare
  • 1995 MSc (Laurea) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of L'Aquila
  • 1999 PhD (Dottorato) in Thermal Machines from the University of L'Aquila
  • 2009 Professorial qualification (HDR) in Control Engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology
  • 1998 Teacher of mechanical technology at the Istituto Tecnico Nautico of Ortona
  • 1999 Consultant at Centro Ricerche Fiat (Fiat Research Center)
  • 1999 Reseacrh grant at the University of L'Aquila
  • 2001 Post-doc researcher at the Swiss Institute of Tecnology (ETH)
  • 2003 Lecturer at ETH
  • 2006 Researcher at IFP
  • 2009 Expert scientist, Tuck Foundation Professor in "Hybrid Vehicles and Energy Management" at IFP
Publications about toponymy:
  • 2010 Toponomastica d'Italia: Nomi di luoghi, storie di popoli antichi, Mursia, Milano
  • 2000 La toponomastica, in Guida turistica della Comunità montana Campo Imperatore e Altopiano di Navelli, Menaḅ, Ortona
  • 2000 Toponomastica della riserva naturale Monte Genzana ed Alto Gizio, Pettorano sul Gizio
  • 1995-1999 Toponomastica del versante aquilano del Gran Sasso: la montagna di San Franco, la montagna della Ienca ed il Pizzo di Camarda, la montagna di Assergi, la montagna di Filetto, in Bollettino del CAI dell'Aquila, L'Aquila
  • 1997 Toponomastica della Maiella orientale, Menaḅ, Ortona

Internal links

My professional and scientific pages. With a detailed CV and more stuff.

My genealogy page. See the results of my researches through the archives of my commune.

The feedback page of my site. See what people from all the world wrote to me about toponymy.

All my daily newspapers. See which newspapers from all over the world are in my collection.

Administrative geo-history of the Abruzzi. With several detailed historical maps.