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Truncated word formation in Brazilian Portuguese: a process applied to the root

Grant number: 11/10818-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): September 26, 2011
Effective date (End): August 12, 2012
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Ana Paula Scher
Grantee:Ana Paula Scher
Host Investigator: Andrew Ira Nevins
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University College London (UCL), England  


The present research project suggests the analysis of truncated forms such as "forasta", a synonym for "forasteiro", in Brazilian Portuguese (PB), or "cafeta", a synonym for "cafeteria", in Peninsular Spanish (EP), under the Distributed Morphology (MD) perspective, a model proposed in Halle & Marantz (1993), and its most recent developments, presented in Siddiqi (2009) and Embick (2010), for example. Its main aim is to identify, as much as possible, some regularity in this truncated word formation process. It also intends to offer an analysis for the phenomena, based on the MD postulates, among which is the one which says that all word formation processes are syntactic and start in the root. (AU)

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