Graduate Program LS

Research Areas

1. Description of Portuguese, Teaching, and Technology

Study of theoretical and empirical issues related to the Portuguese language and its description. Study of lexical structures in Brazilian Portuguese from the theoretical perspective of cognitive linguistics. Description of Portuguese as a second language and as a foreign language, drawing on multiple theoretical and methodological approaches (functional grammar, pragmatics, interculturalism). Description of Portuguese based on large-scale corpora and computational linguistics/NLP, both drawing on the contributions of post-structuralism and Wittgenstein’s view of language.

Professors: Cláudia Freitas, Margarida Basílio, Rosa Marina de Brito Meyer

Related projects

  • Lexical constructs of portuguese: polysemy
  • Linguistic resources for the nlp of portuguese
  • Intercultural issues of brazilian portuguese as a foreign language 


2. Language and Cognition: Representation, processing, and acquisition of language

Linguistic and psycholinguistic theory in the integrated study of the architecture of internal language and of language production, comprehension, and acquisition in typical and atypical processes. Linguistic processing in reading and writing. Access to and representation of lexical information. Relationship between language and cognition in the lexical domain.

Professors: Cilene Rodrigues, Erica dos Santos Rodrigues, Letícia M. Sicuro Corrêa, Margarida Basílio

Related projects

  • Interface conditions in syntactic dependency
  • Morphemes in romance languages: a theoretical-experimental study into the syntax-morphology interface
  • Recursion/self-embedding in pirahã/mura
  • Cognitive and metacognitive aspects of reading and writing from a psycholinguistic perspective
  • Syntactic processing and questions of interpretation at the syntax-semantics interface
  • Language processing and acquisition from a minimalist perspective: extension and comparison of models 
  • Representation and access to grammatical information in sli: symptoms in common with high-incidence disorders in school-age children
  • Undefined domains: a study of metaphor and metonymy in lexical expressions and compounds

3. Language, Meaning, and Translation

Theoretical and empirical investigations of language-related issues involving signification and the subject in the ambit of translation and/or teaching/learning activities. Plural approach based on linguistics, translation studies, philosophy, literary studies, and psychoanalysis, in keeping with the epistemological tenets of post-structuralism and perspectives of a critical and historiographical nature.

Professors: Helena Martins, Marcia A. P. Martins, Maria Paula Frota, Paulo Henriques Britto

Related projects
  • Language as a way of life and perspectivism
  • Adaptations of the plays of william shakespeare for children & youth
  • Questions of poetics and ideology in different types of rewriting
  • Psychoanalysis, language, translation, teaching
  • Translation of poetry 


4. Discourse, Social Life, and Professional Activities

This area combines discourse-related subjects, bringing together approaches rooted in pragmatics, interactional sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, narrative theory, systemic-functional linguistics, and exploratory practices like theoretical perspectives in applied linguistics. Issues of social identity, face-to-face and technology-mediated interpersonal relations in different sociocultural and professional contexts are investigated, such as school, health, business, legal, and prison settings. Qualitative methodologies are used, including research interviews and ethnographic and ethnomethodological approaches, with a focus on language in use and critical reflections as a form of social transformation.

Professors: Adriana A. Nóbrega, Inês Kayon de Miller, Liana de Andrade Biar, Liliana Cabral Bastos, Maria das Graças Dias Pereira, Maria do Carmo Leite de Oliveira

Related projects

  • Identity and teaching: analysis of evaluative discourse in the social construction of pedagogic knowledge
  • Discursive practices and evaluation in the construction of meaning in pedagogic and professional settings
  • Reflexive, ethical, and investigative discourse in practitioner research
  • Exploratory practices: pedagogic and investigative actions for understanding life in the classroom
  • Teaching initiation program: exploratory actions for understanding of/in the school setting
  • Neutralizing deviance in mixed contacts: narrative, identity, and stigma in three layers
  • Tutorial education program: languages and identities from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Narrative analysis: time, stigma, and interaction in different settings of contemporary social life
  • Autoethnography in language studies and interdisciplinary areas: theoretical approaches, methodologies, and professional practices
  • Language in interaction with deaf and hearing people: professional practices in education and health
  • Hybrid discursive practices in professional settings
  • Interactional expertise and professional practices



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Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brasil - 22451-900

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Ed. Padre Leonel Franca - 3o. andar
(21) 3527.1770

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