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The phonology and morphosyntax of the Mehináku Arawakan language

Grant number: 19/02662-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 16, 2019
Effective date (End): February 15, 2020
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Angel Humberto Corbera Mori
Grantee:Paulo Henrique Pereira Silva de Felipe
Supervisor abroad: Patience Epps
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Texas at Austin (UT), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:16/18391-4 - Phonology and morphosyntax of Meniháku (Arawakan)language, BP.DR

Abstract

This research project aims to give continuity to the phonological and morphosyntactic description of the Mehináku (Arawak) language. We intend to refine and deepen the analyses already made in Brazil, especially in relation to the morphosyntax of the language, which from the point of view of the linguistic description does not have any type of more in-depth analysis. We also intend, during the doctoral period abroad, to refine the analyses we have already conducted on phonology, especially with regard to nasality and accent in Mehináku. We believe that the gains from the exchange will be very significant, since the University of Texas has one of the largest libraries in the world on Amerindian studies, the 'Benson Latin American Collection', where a database with materials from many indigenous languages, including several Arawak languages, is available, which may facilitate linguistic comparison with the Mehináku language. In addition, the research will be overseen by Dr. Patience Epps, who is a leading expert on South American indigenous languages, with extensive knowledge and scientific production in the field.