Project 1: NESCLi (Núcleo de Estudos de Sentenças Complexas em Línguas Indígenas/ Complex Structures in Brazilian Languages)

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) /Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

Principal Investigators: Suzi Lima and Uli Sauerland (ZAS).

The general objective of the is project to understand the ability to form and understand complex sentences and to integrate this with the current understanding of complex sentences with the grammatical theory and psycholinguistics. Five Brazilian languages are being investigated in this project: Maxakalí, Kaingang, Kawaiwete,  Kuikuro and Yudja.  The project contributes to the development of experimental methods for fieldwork and develops a widely applicable fieldwork questionnaire and experiments for complex sentences. Specific phenomena that may be targeted are complex sentences such as control, logophoric pronouns, the interpretation of indexicals, sequence of tense, switch reference, and question formation.

Project 2: A typology of count, mass and number in Brazilian languages

Coordinators: Suzi Lima and Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University)

This project is a typological investigation of the count/mass distinction and related aspects in Brazilian Indigenous Languages. Approximately 20 languages are being investigated by specialists on Brazilian languages based on a questionnaire created by Suzi Lima and Susan Rothstein. A conference in August 2017 and a publication (Special Volume: Linguistic Variation) will be the outcomes of this project.


Project 3: A multimedia database for Linguistics documentation (DocLin!)

Coordinators: Keren Rice and Suzi Lima.

Funding: Advancing Teaching & Learning in Arts & Science (ATLAS) Fund.