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The prosodic word in Brazilian Portuguese

Grant number: 12/18314-9
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2012
Effective date (End): May 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal researcher:Maria Bernadete Marques Abaurre
Grantee:Priscila Marques Toneli
Supervisor abroad: Marina Cláudia Pereira Verga e Afonso Vigário
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:10/06748-9 - The prosodic word in Brazilian Portuguese, BP.DR

Abstract

This internship abroad project to be realized at the University of Lisbon - Portugal under the supervision of Professor Dr. Marina Vigário - is part of the PhD thesis entitled 'The prosodic word in Brazilian Portuguese' and has as main goal further studies related to the behavior of prosodic words formed by more than one domain of stress (compound words) in Brazilian Portuguese (BP). In our analysis, we present evidence that the compound words are formed by more than one prosodic word (PW) within the Prosodic Word Group (PWG). Among the segmental phonological processes (vowel reduction, nasal assimilation, among others) that may be evidence of the analysis presented for the compound words in BP, is part of our goal to the internship to observe the behavior of the assignment of Pitch Accents and phonological focus to compound words. In relation to the first rule, Vigário and Fernandes-Svartman (2010) claim that PWs that form a compound word in PB, as in 'macro-endividamento', behave differently from PWs that form a single word, as in 'julgava' since less Pitch Accents are assigned to words such as last. Regarding the second rule, Vigário (2003, 2007, 2010) states that the focus assignment and reduced tonal space right in constructions such as those investigated in the EP will only be restricted to a PW if it doesn't carrier PWG stress. In both cases, we show the relevance of doing an analysis for searching information from the association of tonal events to segmental string, since the distribution of pitch accents in the segmental string and the focus assignment associated with compound words can provide further evidence of the analysis proposed for such words in BP, as already shown by and Vigário and Fernandes-Svartman for BP and Vigário for EP. (AU)

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