Concentrations and lines of research

The Graduate Program in Linguistics is organized around four concentrations:

  1.  Applied Linguistics;
  2.  Psycholinguistics;
  3.  Sociolinguistics and Dialectology;
  4.  Linguistic Theory and Analysis.

 

Concentrations and lines of research

The Graduate Program in Linguistics is organized around four concentration areas, which involve distinct lines of research. These concentration areas of study and lines of research are the result of a strategic planning process undertaken by the program in 2009.

AREA: APPLIED LINGUISTICS

Line of research 1: Mother tongue and foreign language teaching and learning

This line of research addresses the social uses of language under socio-historical and socio-cognitive perspectives. The main goals are the study of language teaching and learning processes, in written and oral forms and in interface with other semiosis; the practice of linguistic analysis; the creation and evaluation of teaching materials; teacher education; linguistic-educational policies; and the assessment practices in school contexts.

Professors:

Dr. Audrei Gesser

Dr. Adair Bonini

Dr. Adja Balbino de Amorim Barbieri Durão

Dr. Ana Paula de Oliveira Santana

Dr. Leandra Cristina de Oliveira

Dr. Marcos Antonio Rocha Baltar

Dr. Maria Inêz Probst Lucena

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Cerutti-Rizzatti

Dr. Rodrigo Acosta Pereira

Dr. Rosângela Hammes Rodrigues

Dr. Rosely Perez Xavier

Dr. Sérgio Romanelli

Dr. Werner Ludger Heidermann

Line of research 2: Brazilian Sign Language

This line is oriented toward research in different linguistic fields that focus on the Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and that have direct or indirect application in bilingual education and in the social inclusion of Deaf people. Among the themes under this perspective are: a) the relation between sign language, culture, and identity of Deaf people; b) development of linguistic theories and descriptive studies from data of visual-spatial languages; c) sign language acquisition; d) teaching of sign language as L1 and as L2; e) Portuguese teaching as L2 for Deaf students; f) sign language writing; and g) bilingual education for the Deaf.

Professors:

Dr. Audrei Gesser

Dr. Marianne Rossi Stumpf

Dr. Ronice Müller de Quadros

Dr. Tarcísio de Arantes Leite

Line of research 3: Language: discourse, written culture, and technology

This line of research includes studies about uses of language from/for applied language research in the fields of education, clinic, and other contexts of Applied Linguistics. Under this perspective, it privileges studies on discourse analysis, written culture, and on educational technologies. Regarding discourse analysis, the studies have discourses and speech genres as objects of study. Regarding written culture, the topics of interest are: graphocentrism in contemporary societies; literacy theories; relations between (il)literacy and social mobility; uses of writing in different economic and sociocultural surroundings and in different chronologies; writing domains and appropriation of knowledge. As for language in educational technologies, studies are centered on: distance learning; educational communication with the use of multiple technologies; and semiotics in the audiovisual media.

Professors:

Dr. Adair Bonini

Dr. Ana Paula Santana

Dr. Atílio Butturi Junior

Dr. Marcos Antonio Rocha Baltar

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Cerutti-Rizzatti

Dr. Rodrigo Acosta Pereira

Dr. Rosângela Hammes Rodrigues

Dr. Sandro Braga


AREA: PSYCHOLINGUISTICS

Line of research 4: Language acquisition and processing

This line of research is developed for testing theories of first and second language acquisition and of the learning of the writing system, through data observation, description and subsequent explanation. Regarding language processing, it investigates, through experimental psycholinguistic and neurosciences, how, in its distinct phases, acoustic signs, visual-spatial signs or other signs are transformed into meanings on one hand, and how meanings are transformed into sounds and visual-spatial signs on the other hand. Still on the learning of the writing system, new literacy methodologies and the development of reading and writing competencies are investigated.

Professors:

Dr. Ana Cláudia de Souza

Dr. Cristiane Lazzarotto-Volcão

Dr. Leonor Scliar Cabral

Dr. Mailce Borges Mota


AREA: SOCIOLINGUISTICS AND DIALECTOLOGY

Line of research 5: Language Policies

The line of research in Language Policy includes a series of authors linked to the continental European sociolinguistics (Kloss, Kremnitz, Vellverdù, Marcellesi, Calvet) and to the Anglo-Saxon tradition, especially Fishmann, Ferguson, and Haugen. It developed from the 1960s, focusing on the formation of new states arising after decolonization and on the matters associated to plurilingualism, with special theoretical contribution from the ex-colonies (Gupta, Hammel). With time, it has broadened its research focus: currently, it covers plurilingualism and its management; the constitution of national languages; linguistic rights and the minorization of languages; linguistic education, especially in bilingual or multilingual contexts; among other phenomena pertaining to the relationship between power, State, citizenship, nationalities, identities, and languages.

Professors:

Dr. Cristine Görski Severo

Dr. Fábio Luiz Lopes da Silva

Dr. Gilvan Müller de Oliveira

 Line of research 6: Linguistic variation and/or change

This line includes descriptive studies of linguistic variation and/or change on different grammar levels of Portuguese in spoken (VARSUL, ALERS, ALIB databases), and written (plays, letters, student text productions) forms, as well as in situations of linguistic contact. These studies follow different approaches in geolinguistics and sociolinguistics, under a formal and functional perspective. It is expected that empirical evidence and theoretical-methodological reflections regarding the analysis of language in use can support hypotheses about the Brazilian and the European varieties of the Portuguese language.

Professors:

Dr. Cristine Görski Severo

Dr. Edair Maria Gorski

Dr. Felício Wessling Margotti

Dr. Izete Lehmkuhl Coelho

Dr. Leandra Cristina de Oliveira

Dr. Marco Antônio Martins


AREA: LINGUISTIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS

Line of research 7: Speech under a perceptual-acoustic-articulatory point of view, and the phonological models

This line of work develops studies on phonetics from perceptual, acoustic or articulatory approaches, especially focused on mother tongue and/or foreign language speech. It investigates inter-phonology: under construction sound systems of distinct foreign languages, focused on Brazilian Portuguese native speakers. It also studies distinct phonological models and their interfaces, such as classic structuralism, SPE, Feature Geometry, and other more dynamic models.

Professors:

Dr. Cristiane Lazzarotto-Volcão

Dr. Izabel Christine Seara

Line of research 8: Cognition and Use

Within this line, we undertake research that takes into account the cognitive, pragmatic-communicative, and socio-cultural dimensions of the grammatical phenomena. The adopted methodology aims to integrate studies of the linguistic system and of the language in use. The addressed topics are: emergency and crystallization of grammatical categories; interaction between functional and structural forces; lexical structure and its relation to cognition; and the cognitive base of grammar structures. Cognition, in interface with language, can be understood both as neural correlates of the linguistic processing and as a source of interactional processes. Research projects on methodological and epistemological aspects of the interface between language and cognition will also be developed.

Professors:

Dr. Ana Paula Santana

Dr. Edair Maria Gorski

Dr. Heronides Maurílio de Melo Moura

Dr. Izabel Christine Seara

Dr. Leandra Cristina de Oliveira

Dr. Tarcísio de Arantes Leite

 Line of research 9: Grammar and its interfaces: description, analysis, and theory

Studies of grammatical phenomena in natural languages, at the morphological, syntactic, and semantic levels, both from a formal perspective and from an empirical-descriptive and experimental perspective. It also includes studies on new perspectives of Portuguese language in the classroom.

Professors:

Dr. Marco Antônio Martins

Dr. Nubia Saraiva Ferreira

Dr. Sandra Quarezemin