Research Groups

Research Group Nemesis - Studies on the Lexicon and the History of the Portuguese Language 

  • Leader: Americo Venancio Lopes Machado Filho
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  • Research Line: History and Functioning of Natural Languages / Line - Historical Linguistics, Philosophy and History of Written Culture
  • Beginning: 2013
Summary: The Research Group Nemesis, certified by The Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in May 22, 2013, is established under the interest of investigating the history of the Portuguese language, with greater emphasis on the history of its lexicon and the texts of the archaic period of Portuguese in the theoretical models of Lexicography and Lexicology, also including the models and techniques of Philology and the relationship between lexicon and teaching. Its headquarter is at the Institute of Linguistics and Literature (ILUFBA) and associated with UFBA’s Graduate Program in Language and Culture (PPGLinC).

Hispanic Linguistic Studies

  • Leader: Carlos Felipe da Conceição Pinto
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  • Research Line: Historical Linguistics, Philology and History of Written Culture; Dialectology and Sociolinguistics; Grammar Theory
  • Beginning: 2014
Summary: The research group aims to consolidate linguistic studies in the field of Spanish language at the Federal University of Bahia. It aims to: a) qualify new researchers (scientific initiation, master and doctorate’s); b) offer contributions to improve the empirical and theoretical knowledge on the Spanish language in different linguistic perspectives; c) offer specialization/refresher courses for Spanish teachers and professionals in the continuing education axis.

The Phi-Syntax of Natural Languages (PHINA)

  • Leader: Danniel da Silva Carvalho
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  • Research Line: Grammar Theory
  • Beginning: 2010
Summary: Phina – The Phi-Syntax of natural languages is a research group certified by CNPq since 2019 and it aims to gather researchers whose works deal with the functioning of the grammar of natural languages from theories based on the constitution of their traits - whether they are syntactic or constituent of their interfaces, such as the phonological, morphological, and semantic levels. Thereby, the group has developed several activities to promote individual work, including the organization of local, national and international events. 

Program for the History of the Portuguese Language (PROHPOR)

  • Leader: Tânia Conceição Freire Lobo
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  • Research Line: Historical Linguistics, Philology and History of Written Culture; Dialectology and Sociolinguistics
  • Beginning: 1991
Summary: The Program for the History of the Portuguese Language – PROHPOR was established in 1990 and registered in the CNPq Research Groups Directory in 1991 under the coordination of its founder, Professor Rosa Virgínia Mattos e Silva, full professor and emerita at the Federal University of Bahia and CNPq researcher I-A, deceased in July 2012. In the context of the renewal of historical-diachronic studies of Portuguese that took place in the Brazilian academic scene during the late twentieth century, in 1997 PROHPOR was one of the sources of inspiration for the creation, under the coordination of Ataliba Teixeira de Castilho (UNICAMP / USP), of the Program for the History of Brazilian Portuguese – PHPB, which brings together research groups from 13 Brazilian universities to date: UEL, UFSC, USP, UNICAMP, UNESP, UFRJ, UFMG, UFBA, UEFS, UFPB, UFRN, UFAL e UFPA.

Aspects of the Popular Portuguese in the state of Bahia

  • Leader: Gredson dos Santos
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  • Research Line: Dialectology and Sociolinguistics  
  • Beginning: 2002
Summary: The linguistic project Aspects of the Popular Portuguese of the state of Bahia (Vertentes Project) is developed with public resources at the Federal University of Bahia since 2002. It aims to expand the knowledge on the sociolinguistic reality in the State of Bahia, as well as the historical process of its formation, considering the multi-ethnic aspect of the Brazilian society. Its major social commitments are related to the struggle against linguistic prejudice and the diagnoses that support public policies of Portuguese language teaching more appropriate to the linguistic and cultural reality of the country.

Linguistic Atlas of Brazil

  • Leader: Jacyra Mota; Silvana Soares Costa Ribeiro
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  • Research Line: Dialectology and Sociolinguistics
  • Beginning: 1950
Summary: The Linguistic Atlas of Brazil (ALiB Project) – national large-scale action under development – aims to create a general atlas of Brazil regarding the Portuguese language. That desire that permeated the dialectal activity in Brazil throughout the development of linguistic and philological studies came to life at that end/beginning of millennium from the initiative of a group of researchers from the Institute of Linguistics and Literature. Once again, UFBA takes a pioneering attitude in undertaking the implementation of this proposal, which is being carried out as a joint project involving twelve universities so far.

Linguistic Interfaces

  • Leader: Juliana Escalier Ludwig Gayer; Rerisson Cavalcante
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  • Research Line: Grammar Theory
  • Beginning: 2014
Summary: The establishment of the UFBA-based research group Linguistic Interfaces aims to promote and strengthen the field of formalist linguistic studies, through the participation of researchers who work with linguistic description and analysis within formal theoretical frameworks. Among the perspectives are the Generative Grammar (including the Distributed Morphology and Lexical Semantics), Formal Semantics, and the Optimality Theory. The research topics encompass phenomena of distinct linguistic levels, especially those involving interaction between different levels, such as semantic-syntax, morphology-syntax, semantic-morphology, morphophonology, phonology-syntax, and grammar-pragmatic interface, in a synchronic or diachronic perspective. The aimed results are the publication of the developed studies, the organization of academic courses and events, and the qualification of new researchers in the field, as well as the exchange with researchers from other national and international institutions.

English as a lingua franca: criticism, attitude and identity

  • Leader: Domingos Sávio Pimentel Siqueira
  • Research Line: Applied Linguistics
  • Beginning: 2010
Summary: The general aim of the project is to create a center of studies, research and knowledge production, related to deep analysis of the process of expansion and consolidation of English as a lingua franca and its political-pedagogical implications for our teaching and learning context. Based on a solid bibliographic framework, the program aims, among other things, to understand how English has developed around the world and how its expansion affects us in the position of trainers of future English teachers. Our aim views the configuration of a theoretical framework that provides information for the launch of teaching education proposals and local pedagogies based on the current condition of teaching a lingua franca in countries such as Brazil. With its critical studies on and for the general theme (ELF), the group also intends to contribute to the discussion and curriculum evaluation regarding the formation of future ELF teachers. Moreover, the project works with the implementation of projects for the evaluation of existing English language instructional materials, the production of alternative, intercultural materials, devoid of hegemonic postures and/or ethnocentric motivations, as well as the consolidation of exchanges with other research centers focused on similar fields in an academic space of constant reflection.