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Subordinating morphology in the western branch of Tupian family

Grant number: 20/04988-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2020
Effective date (End): July 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Luciana Raccanello Storto
Grantee:João Paulo Fernandes Bento da Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Theses of organization of the Tupi linguistic family based on the subordinating and nominalizing morphology present in the languages of its various branches, with a focus on the Western branch (Arikém, Tuparí, Mondé, Ramaráma and Puruborá families) (Rodrigues 1986). The hypotheses to be tested are the arboreal models of the Western branch of Rodrigues (2002), assembled based on lexical comparisons, and Wolski (2019), assembled based on syntactic comparisons. If the data obtained do not corroborate one of the two hypotheses, a new layout of the model will be proposed. We will compare the functions and uses of the {-pa} nominalizer, {-a} gerundative and {-p} infinitive or propositive morphemes in languages such as Karitiana (Arikém branch), Wayoro and Mekens (Tuparí branch), Gavião (Mondé branch) and Karo (Ramaráma branch), seeking to differentiate their uses and functions, as well as parallels that approximate or remove the degree of linguistic kinship based on the morph syntactic comparison. For this, articles and dissertations on the morphology and syntax of languages will be used to obtain and analyze data that would be useful in the morph syntactic comparison.

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