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Formation, processing and lexical access of blends and compounds in European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese

Grant number: 18/26571-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): March 03, 2019
Effective date (End): May 19, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Rafael Dias Minussi
Grantee:Rafael Dias Minussi
Host: Alina Maria Santos Martires Villalva
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal  


This project lies within the domain of studies on word formation, since two types of word formation processes are taken into consideration: blending (e.g., cantriz 'singer/actress'; chafé 'tea/coffee', lit. "weak coffee") and compounding (e.g., cantora-atriz 'singer/actress'; guarda-roupa 'wardrobe', lit. 'keep-clothes'). Compounding is a widely studied process in the literature and it is basically defined as the merging of two bases or roots (cf. VILLALVA e GONÇALVES, 2016). On the other hand, blending is a non-concatenative process, usually considered as a marginal type of word formation process (cf. GONÇALVES, 2006). Our main objective is to discuss the structure of the blends in comparison to the structure of the compounds, since some authors now bring these two processes together (see KUBOZONO (1989) and SANDMANN (1990, 1991)) and sometimes distance them (PIÑEROS ), GONÇALVES (2003a, 2003b)). Our preliminary hypothesis is that compounds and blends have different structures. In order to verify this hypothesis and add to the theoretical discussion we intend to test the processing of blends and compounds and investigate whether there are significant differences between them, or if they behave in a similar fashion.