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Phonological analysis of nasals in medieval Galician-Portuguese songs

Grant number: 22/09590-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2023
Effective date (End): August 31, 2025
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Historical Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Gladis Massini-Cagliari
Grantee:Débora Aparecida dos Reis Justo Barreto
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil


This research seeks to develop a descriptive framework of the nasal consonants (represented in spelling as , , , ) of the medieval period of the Portuguese language. The corpus of this project is composed of 250 medieval Galician-Portuguese cantigas, distributed as follows: the first 100 religious poems, by D. Afonso X; and 150 profane poems, 50 of each of the canonical genres. The methodology adopted is based on the observation of the possibility (or not) of variation in the graphic representation of these elements of the archaic stage, as well as on the determination of the weight of the syllables that have the nasal consonants, in order to verify the following points: 1) the phonological status of the nasal, represented as nn and nh in writing, in intervocalic position (aiming to verify the possibility of this element being geminated at the phonological level); 2) the status of simple nasals in the contexts of onset and coda; 3) the nasalization of vowels/diphthongs in the different syllable and word environments. The data will be investigated in the light of a nonlinear phonological approach. From this work, it will be possible to elaborate a phonological characterization of the changes observed in the nasal segments of the language, represented in writing as , , and , during one of the stages of the constitution of Portuguese. (AU)

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