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Grammar of disease names

Grant number: 13/20753-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2013
Effective date (End): November 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal researcher:Gladis Maria de Barcellos Almeida
Grantee:Maria Beatriz Escanhuela Sajovic
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


This project aims at proposing a description of constructions composed by support verbs and predicative nouns of a specific semantic category, the diseases names. The analysis is based on the Lexicon-Grammar methodological model, as proposed by Gross (1975, 1981). We intend to develop an intensive research on sites related to health and medicine in order to list the names of human diseases used in Brazilian Portuguese. We also intend to establish a set of properties of nominal constructions with the support verbs "ter", "estar com", "pegar" and "sarar" followed by the diseases names, and to classify these nouns according to their structure in the Lexicon-Grammar tables. This sort of description may be useful to set up linguistic resources for Natural Language Processing Systems due to the fact that the data is presented in a formal and structured way.

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