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Linguistic interference in the contact between Chinese and Brazilians in the city of São Paulo: an ethnographic approach

Grant number: 22/09601-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2022
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Sociolinguistics and Dialectology
Principal Investigator:Livia Oushiro
Grantee:Ruizhi Zhu
Host Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This research proposes to investigate the interference of Chinese on the Portuguese spoken by Chinese immigrants in the city of São Paulo, aiming to 1) describe the multilingual and multidialectal situation of the Chinese immigrant community in São Paulo, in view of the possibility of language shift; 2) analyze three phenomena of Chinese interference on Portuguese, one lexical, one grammatical, and one phonic, based on the theoretical framework of Variationist Sociolinguistics. In order to put the research into practice, methods of ethnographic observation and recordings of sociolinguistic interviews will be used. The data collected throughout the research will be processed in ELAN and R. The proposed research will contribute to sociolinguistic contact studies by describing the multilingual and multidialectal situation of the Chinese community in São Paulo, and by interpreting qualitatively and quantitatively the patterns of acquisition and variation of Portuguese by immigrants, issues that have been little explored in Brazilian and Paulista Linguistics.

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