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Language contact and change in the upper Rio Negro

Grant number: 14/50764-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: October 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics
Cooperation agreement: University of Texas - Austin
Principal researcher:Luciana Raccanello Storto
Grantee:Luciana Raccanello Storto
Principal researcher abroad: Patience Epps
Institution abroad: University of Texas at Austin (UT), United States
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The Amazon basin is one of the most linguistically diverse regions on earth, yet evidence from across the region suggests that the maintenance of this diversity overtime has been accompanied by extensive interaction among speakers of different languages. This project explores these processes of language contact and change through the lens of Upper Rio Negro region, focusing on the Nadahup language family, a small family of four languages that has experienced extensive contact with its neighbors in the Upper Rio Negro region of northwest Amazônia. We will investigate the influences that regional languages have had on the Nadahup languages over time. In the process, we will also consider the influences that Nadahup and its neighbors have had on the local colonial languages - Nheengatú (also known as Lingua Geral, a Tupi-Guarani contact language spread by Jesuit missionaries) and the regional variety of Portuguese. We will focus in particular on the relationship between particular processes of contact-driven change and the cultural, social, and historical contexts of speakers. (AU)

Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the research grant:
Por la supervivencia de los idiomas indígenas 
Toward the survival of indigenous languages 
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