Salvatore Attardo is a professor at the University of Texas A & M Commerce (EEUU). He previously worked at the University of Youngstown. He was a visiting professor at the University of Geosciences, Beijing, Purdue University and Indiana University. He is the most prestigious worldwide expert on the study of linguistic humour, as recognised by researchers such as Tony Veale or Kurt Feyaerts. He has made essential contributions to the study of humour such as Humorous Texts: A semantic and pragmatic analysis. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter. 2001 and Linguistic Theories of Humour, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1994. He founded the specialised journal Humor, on publications about this topic from all disciplines. He has edited a range of monograph issues in journals such as Pragmatics and Cognition. 2011. 19:2; The Pragmatics of Humor, special volume of Journal of Pragmatics. 35:9. 2003. 1287-1449; Humor Research East of the Atlantic, special volume of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 5:1, 1992. Over 80 publications have published his works on humour in such prestigious journals as Humor, Journal of Pragmatics, International Journal of Pragmatics or Language and Linguistics Compas, and he has made contributions in journals such as The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory, Elena Semino and Jonathan Culpeper (eds.) Cognitive Stylistics: Language and Cognition in Text Analysis. Amsterdam: Benjamins, J. Vershueren, J-O. Ostman, J. Blommaert and C. Bulcaen (eds.) Handbook of Pragmatics. He has spoken at conferences in Alicante, Madrid, Ciudad Real, Turin, Siena, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Taiwan, Taipei, Krakov, Peking, etc. He is a native speaker of Italian and French and speaks English fluently. He can also read Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese and Romanian.