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Phonological and lexical reconstruction of the Proto-Creole of Gulf of guinea

Grant number: 13/08100-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2013
Effective date (End): December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature
Principal Investigator:Gabriel Antunes de Araujo
Grantee:Manuele Bandeira de Andrade Lima
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


There are four Portuguese Creole languages in the Gulf of Guinea: Santome, Angolar, Principense and Fa d'ambô. Günther (1973), Ferraz (1979) and Hagemeijer (2009), among others, claim that in the late fifteenth century contact and multilinguism promoted the emergence of a protocreole that latter branched into four languages. Thus, these languages, though now distinct from each other, had a common origin (Hagemeijer, 2009). The aim of this research is rebuild the phonology and the lexical component of this protocreole of Gulf of Guinea, based on the Comparative Method of Historical Linguistics (Kaufman, 1990; HOCK, 1991; CROWLEY, 1992; RANKIN, 2003; HARRISON, 2003; CAMPBELL, 1998). In this project, I propose a reconstruction based on the analysis of the daughter languages that make up the branch: Santome (spoken on the island of São Tomé), Principense (spoken on the island of Príncipe), Angolar (spoken by the angolar community in São Tomé) and Fa d'ambô (spoken on the island of Annobón, Equatorial Guinea). My corpus has about 2,500 words (of each language) that belong to the common lexicon of the four languages. Here, cognates will be used to discriminate phonological and lexical-semantic similarities between these languages, in order to identify their irregular and regular changes.

Scientific publications
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DE ARAUJO, GABRIEL ANTUNES; BANDEIRA, MANUELE; AGOSTINHO, ANA LIVIA. Vowel Harmony in the Proto-Creole of the Gulf of Guinea. ENTREPALAVRAS, v. 10, n. 1, p. 36-58, JAN-APR 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
Academic Publications
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LIMA, Manuele Bandeira de Andrade. Phonological and lexical reconstruction of Proto-Creole from the Gulf of Guinea. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas São Paulo.

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