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Object relatives in Karitiana

Grant number: 16/07643-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 22, 2016
Effective date (End): May 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Luciana Raccanello Storto
Grantee:Karin Camolese Vivanco
Supervisor: Norvin Waldemar Richards III
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:14/15141-1 - Word order variation in Karitiana relative clauses, BP.DR


The goal of this project is to analyze object relative clauses in Karitiana, a Tupian language of the Arikém family. Relative clauses in this language are internally-headed and object relatives specifically show an inverse voice morpheme, which also marks some wh- constructions in the language. Additionally, object relative clauses have two possible word orders: SOV and OSV. This project intends to investigate both the inverse morpheme {ti-} and the word order variation inside relative clauses. In order to clarify these two topics, we will search for the relevant structures in spontaneous data and we will also develop controlled elicitation protocols to be carried out with native speakers. (AU)

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