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Project for the History of Paulista Brazilian Portuguese

Grant number: 11/51787-5
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: December 01, 2012 - November 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Letters and Arts - Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Manoel Mourivaldo Santiago Almeida
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Ataliba Teixeira de Castilho ; Clelia Candida Abreu Spinardi Jubran ; Maria Célia Pereira Lima Hernandes ; Sanderléia Roberta Longhin
Associated grant(s):14/07680-0 - Third International Conference on Ibero-Romance historical corpora, AR.EXT
Associated scholarship(s):17/01875-1 - Manuscripts procurations of the fourteenth century to the sixteenth century: the Middle Portuguese in Portuguese language's history, BP.IC
16/09046-1 - A study of the Topic Organization of editorials published in newspapers of the State of São Paulo in the 21st century, BP.MS
15/26486-2 - Semi-diplomatic edition and study of the 17th century manuscript: a contribution to the Paulista Portuguese corpus, BP.MS
+ associated scholarships 15/14038-5 - Partial linguistic atlas of Médio Tietê, BP.DR
15/04512-1 - Juncture '(i)n' change, BE.PQ
14/25930-3 - Verbal alternation in conditional constructions: a sociolinguistic study of "paulista" speech, BP.IC
15/03167-9 - A study of the internal organization of minimal topic segments in reader's letters published in newspapers of the State of São Paulo in the 21st Century, BP.MS
13/06439-4 - Possessive datives in Brazilian Portuguese: a comparative study with European Portuguese, BE.PQ
13/04599-4 - Study of the editions and of the marginal vocabulary in the play Auto da Barca do Inferno by Gil Vicente, BP.IC - associated scholarships


The Project for the History of Paulista Brazilian Portuguese (PHPP) is a set of articulated subprojects within the Historical Linguistics of Portuguese. It aims at (a) collecting, organising, and making diachronic corpora of Paulista Portuguese available in order to support investigations into this variety; (b) analysing such corpora in three areas: (i) studies on Grammatical variation and change according to the cognitive-functionalist and generative perspectives, placing emphasis on word classes and syntactic constructions; (ii) the study on the formation of standard and non-standard varieties, as well as the diffusion of non-standard variety to the River Tietê region, running parallel with the sociohistorical outline of Paulista Portuguese; (iii) studies on discourse genres and textual construction processes based on Critical Discourse Analysis and Textual-interactive perspective. Based on this framework, the Project for the History of Paulista Portuguese seeks to encourage a dialogue among linguistic theories, which is essential to contemporary Historical Linguistics research, not only to account for the complexity of the phenomena under analysis, but also for the subprojects to complement each other. In fact, the grammatical, semantic and discoursive dimensions are proposed as categories that constitute language in use. Therefore, the extent of the project can be justified. Moreover, confined to Paulista Portuguese, it will contribute enormously to the Project for the History of Brazilian Portuguese, which includes, apart from São Paulo, ten other States, namely Pernambuco, Bahia, Paraíba, Alagoas, Ceará, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Norte and Pará. This great national project has emerged from the PHPP initiatives taken in 1997. (AU)

Articles published in Revista Pesquisa FAPESP about the project
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