José Ferrari Neto

CV – Lattes http://lattes.cnpq.br/0982550255078545

E-mail: lwlopes@hotmail.com

Research groups: 1) dgp.cnpq.br/dgp/espelhogrupo/1039193809503298 2) dgp.cnpq.br/dgp/espelhogrupo/1237096254713239

PROJECTS:

1. PROCESSING AND ACQUISITION OF co frame RELATIONS: AN INVESTIGATION ON RELATIONS BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND WORKING MEMORY

This project aims to characterize aspects of the processing and acquisition of co reference relations by speaking adults and children in early language development stage of the Brazilian Portuguese (PB). The co reference meaning used in this research means the linguistic phenomenon in which certain linguistic elements present in the discursive chain establish a referential relationship between themselves and other entities. These relationships can be anaphoric, in which an element, said history is retrieved by another, resumed at a later stage of the discursive chain, or cataphorics where an element situated at a later stage of the discursive chain is anticipated by another element that refers to it. This project is linked to the research projects developed in LAPROL (Laboratório de Processamento Linguístico), Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), which are conducted under a modular perspective of the cognitive apparatus of language processing, and takes the relationship between linguistic

knowledge (grammar) and syntactic processor (parser) as well as between other components of human cognition, particularly memory as something fundamental.

2. PROCESSING, ACQUISITION AND FORMS OF LEXICAL REPRESENTATION MORPHOLOGICALLY COMPLEX OF BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE

This project aims to characterize the aspects of lexical competence in adult and children speakers of Brazilian Portuguese (BP) in its initial acquisition phase. Lexical competence means knowledge that a speaker has on the lexicon of their language. Such competence comprises knowledge of a list of lexical items and the relationships between them, the knowledge of its internal structure and the underlying knowledge of the ability to form new items, reject ungrammatical lexical formations and to process these items, recognizing its constituents and its internal structure. This project assumes that an adequate characterization of lexical competence of a BP speaker requires the analysis of aspects related to the morphology of the language, especially regarding the organization and characterization of grammar morphological component and its relation to linguistic processing systems. Among the aspects of lexical competence that deserve to be investigated, it is worth to mention the ones related to the lexicon, their characterization and their place in models of language and language processing, organization and representation of lexical items stored in it, how to access them, the description of grammatical mechanisms that allow the formation of new items, and the development and acquisition of these mechanisms for a BP speaker. To carry out this research, the project herein presented aims to analyze how the processing, acquisition and lexical representation of morphologically complex forms happens, especially those that are the product of grammatical mechanism of morphological derivation, in its various types, and product of morph-syntax variations, such as gender and number.