ARTHUR SANTANA

PhD. Linguist, Phonologist
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ARTHUR SANTANA

PhD. Linguist, Phonologist
  • email arthurpereirasantana@gmail.com
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Hello! I am a linguist based in São Paulo, Brazil. I have a PhD in linguistics from the University of São Paulo and most of my academic work has focused on Phonology. I am also interested in phonetics, variable phenomena, data anlysis and computational linguistics. Currently, I am an Associate Linguist at Google Brazil (via Lionbridge), where I work with a variety of NLP projects focusing on Brazilian Portuguese. You can download my CV in PDF below. If you would like any other information you could not find here, please, contact me.

Education

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PhD in Linguistics
University of São Paulo
2015 - 2019

Advisor: Raquel Santos
Project: Unstressed vowel neutralization in Brazilian Portuguese

Visiting Exchange Scholar
University of Southern California
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018

Supervisor: Rachel Walker
Grant: CAPES - Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior

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M.A. in Linguistics
University of São Paulo
2013 - 2015

Advisor: Raquel Santos
Project: Postonic mid-vowel alternation in Brazilian Portuguese

B.A. in Letters
Federal University of Maranhão
2008 - 2013


Journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings

2018

SANTANA, Arthur. The status of unstressed lax-mid vowels in northern dialect of Brazilian Portuguese. Revista Linguíʃtica. [link]

SANTANA, Arthur. The role of phonological processes in defining the vowel inventory of Brazilian Portuguese. Acta Linguistica Academica, v. 6, p. 69-86, 2018. [link]

2016

SANTANA, Arthur. Uma abordagem fonológica para as postônicas não-finais. Domínios de LinguaGem, v. 10, p. 494-518, 2016. [link]

2014

BEZERRA, José de Ribamar Mendes ; SANTANA, Arthur. A redução de proparoxítonas no falar maranhense. In: RAZKY, Abdelhak, LIMA, A. F. de, OLIVEIRA, M. B. de, COSTA, E. O. da. (Org.). Estudos sociodialetais do português brasileiro. 1ed.São Paulo: Pontes, 2014, v. 1, p. 31-47.

2013

SANTANA, Arthur; BEZERRA, José de Ribamar Mendes . Proparoxítonos e estratégias de redução com base no corpus do ALiMA. Cadernos de Pesquisa, v. 20, p. 79-88, 2013.

2012

SANTANA, Arthur. A síncope revisitada: análise com base no corpus do ALiMA. Littera Online, v. 5, p. 50-68, 2012.

SANTANA, Arthur.O apagamento das postônicas não-finais no falar maranhense. In: IV Seminário Internacional de fonologia, 2012, Porto Alegre. Anais do IV Seminário Internacional de fonologia. Porto Alegre: Editora da UFRGS, 2012.

SANTANA, Arthur; BEZERRA, José de Ribamar Mendes . A neutralização das postônicas não finais no falar maranhense: uma análise preliminar. In: II Congresso Internacional de Dialetologia e Sociolinguística, 2012, Belém. Diversidade linguística e política de ensino: anais. São Luís: EDUFMA, 2012. p. 2335-2343.

Conference Presentations

2018

Is there reduction via laxing in northern dialects of Brazilian Portuguese? Generative Linguistics in the Old World - GLOW 41 (Budapest, Hungary. April, 2018) [poster]

Syncope and the canonical foot in Brazilian Portuguese. 7th Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference (Tempe, Arizona. March, 2018)

The status of unstressed lax-mid vowels in northern dialect of Brazilian Portuguese. Experimental Portuguese Linguistic (Toronto, Canada. April, 2018) [slides] [abstract]

2016

The role of phonological processes in the vowel inventory of Brazilian Portuguese. Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP 13, 2016) [abstract][poster]

2015

Neutralization of non-final postonic mid vowels in Brazilian Portuguese: assimilation or feature deletion? Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (PAPE 2015) [abstract][poster]

Uma abordagem fonológica para as postônicas não-finais. II Encontro intermediário do GT de Fonética e Fonologia da ANPOLL. [programação]

Vogais medias em dialetos nordestinos: as postônicas não-finais em São Luís. 63 Seminário do GEL [resumo]

Projects

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Reduction via laxing in northern dialect of Brazilian Portuguese
2015 - 2019

Brazilian Portuguese (BP) has an inventory of seven vowels in stressed syllable /a, ɛ, e, i, ɔ, o, u/. The contrast between lax /ɛ, ɔ/ and tense vowels /e, o/ is lost in unstressed contexts.

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External Sandhi in Brazilian Portuguese
(with Raquel Santos)
2017 - Ongoing

Previous studies of external sandhi in Brazilian Portuguese have proposed the existence of three categorical process targeting adjacent vowels in word boundaries

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Postonic mid-vowel alternation in Brazilian Portuguese
2013 - 2015

Brazilian Portuguese has a seven-vowel system in stressed position /a, ɛ, e, i, ɔ, o, u/, which is neutralized in unstressed syllables.

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Syncope in Brazilian Portuguese
2010 - 2013

Syncope in BP can be defined as a variable process that deletes the vowel in non-final postonic syllables (eg. [ˈah.vo.ɾɪ] ~ [ˈah.vɾɪ] ‘tree’).