Lines of Research

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 result from strategic planning organized by the program during the second semester of 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-historic and socio-cognitive perspectives. The main goals are the study of language teaching and learning processes, orally and written, and in interface with other semiosis, the practice of linguistic analysis, the creation and evaluation of didactic material, teacher formation, linguistic-educational policies, and the evaluative practices in school contexts.

 

Professors:

Audrei Gesser, PhD

Adair Bonini, PhD

Adja Balbino de Amorim Barbieri Durão, PhD

Ana Paula de Oliveira Santana, PhD

Leandra Cristina de Oliveira, PhD

Marcos Antonio Rocha Baltar, PhD

Maria Inêz Probst Lucena, PhD

Mary Elizabeth Cerutti-Rizzatti, PhD

Rodrigo Acosta Pereira, PhD

Rosângela Hammes Rodrigues, PhD

Rosely Perez Xavier, PhD

Sérgio Romanelli, PhD

Werner Ludger Heidermann, PhD

 

Line of research 2: Brazilian Sign Language

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

Professors:

Audrei Gesser, PhD

Marianne Rossi Stumpf, PhD

Ronice Müller de Quadros, PhD

Tarcísio de Arantes Leite, PhD

 

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

This line of research includes studies about the use of language of/for language’s applied research in the fields of education, clinic, and other action 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 interest points 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, we include studies about distance learning, educational communication with the use of multiple technologies; and semiotics in the audiovisual media.

Professors:

Adair Bonini, PhD

Ana Paula Santana, PhD

Atílio Butturi Junior, PhD

Marcos Antonio Rocha Baltar, PhD

Mary Elizabeth Cerutti-Rizzatti, PhD

Rodrigo Acosta Pereira, PhD

Rosângela Hammes Rodrigues, PhD

Sandro Braga, PhD

 


AREA: PSYCHOLINGUISTICS

Line of research 4: Language acquisition and processing

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

Professors:

Ana Cláudia de Souza, PhD

Cristiane Lazzarotto-Volcão, PhD

Leonor Scliar Cabral, PhD

Mailce Borges Mota, PhD

 


AREA: SOCIOLINGUISTICS AND DIALECTOLOGY

Line of research 5: Language Policies

The line of research of Linguistic 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 constitution of new states that arose after decolonization, and the social matters associated to plurilingualism. 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 of the relationship between power, State, citizenship, nationalities, identities, and languages.

Professors:

Cristine Görski Severo, PhD

Fábio Luiz Lopes da Silva, PhD

Gilvan Müller de Oliveira, PhD

 

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 spoken Portuguese (VARSUL, ALERS, ALIB databases), and the written Portuguese (plays, letters, student text productions), as well as situations of linguistic contact, with different approaches: geolinguistic and sociolinguistic, under a formal and functional perspective. We aim to analyze empirical evidence, and reflections of theoretical-methodological character regarding the analysis of language in use that can develop hypotheses about the Brazilian and the European varieties of the Portuguese language.

Professors:

Cristine Görski Severo, PhD

Edair Maria Gorski, PhD

Felício Wessling Margotti, PhD

Izete Lehmkuhl Coelho, PhD

Leandra Cristina de Oliveira, PhD

Marco Antônio Martins, PhD

 


AREA: LINGUISTIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS

Line of research 7: The 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: sound systems under construction 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 more dynamic models.

Professors:

Cristiane Lazzarotto-Volcão, PhD

Izabel Christine Seara, PhD

 

Line of research 8: Cognition and Use

Within this line we undertake research that takes into account cognitive, pragmatic-communicative, and socio-cultural dimensions of the grammar-related phenomena. The adopted methodology aims to integrate studies of the linguistic system and language in use. The addressed topics are emergency and crystallization of grammar 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 process and as a source for interactional processes. Research projects about methodological and epistemological aspects of the interface between language and cognition will also be developed.

Professors:

Ana Paula Santana, PhD

Edair Maria Gorski, PhD

Heronides Maurílio de Melo Moura, PhD

Izabel Christine Seara, PhD

Leandra Cristina de Oliveira, PhD

Tarcísio de Arantes Leite, PhD

 

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

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

Professors:

Marco Antônio Martins, PhD

Nubia Saraiva Ferreira, PhD

Sandra Quarezemin, PhD