Research Groups

Group: Study Group on Languages, Literacy and Formation (NELLF)

Coordinator(s): Daniella Lopes Dias Ignácio Rodrigues, Jane Quintiliano Guimarães Silva, Juliana Alves Assis and Maria Angela Paulino Teixeira Lopes

The Study Group on Languages, Literacy and Formation (NELLF) gathers researchers from different institutions articulating various research groups. Under an enunciative, interactive and discursive perspective, the Group's actions are defined in the work with language and discourses, taking into consideration the socio-historical and cultural dimensions of languaging activities. During its trajectory, NELLF has acquired funding from national and international agencies, as well as established partnerships with other researchers from Brazilian and international Institutions. The Group's main research lines: Academic-scientific writing; Literacies; Teacher's formation and work; Activities genres in the mother tongue teacher formation; Representations in social practices; Processes and positions of identity. Coordinators: Jane Quintiliano Guimarães Silva, Juliana Alves Assis, Maria Angela Paulino Teixeira Lopes and Daniella Lopes Dias Ignácio Rodrigues.

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Group: Media Writings

Coordinator(s): Daniella Lopes Dias Ignácio Rodrigues

It aims to understand and interpret languaging phenomena involved in the discursivities of media writing. In relation to the journalistic writing, it seeks to describe ways of discursivities of press and digital media, considering its persuasion strategies and the representations and identities spread by them. It is a project integrated to NELLF's study group, coordinated by Prof. Juliana Alves de Assis.

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Group: Construction of academic and professional authorship and identity – dialogues between knowledge and practices

Coordinator(s): Maria Angela Paulino Teixeira Lopes

Registered in the field of language teacher training, this project intends to develop an examination of dialogical movements as a strategy of authorship and identity constitution, in discursive activities developed by graduate students of Portuguese Language and Literatures, especially in internship practices. Under an interactionist and socio-discursive perspective of analysis, in the light of research on textual genres as a possibility of instrumentalization and participation of the subjects in the spheres of activities, as well as studies on social representations and identity(ies), its aim is to examine emerging linguistic and discursive strategies in/from the networks of interdiscourses that organize enunciations of others brought by the speaker/licensee to weave the polyphonic plot of their discursive action, in order to glimpse paths of constitution of academic and professional identity.

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Group: Formative and professional practices: identities and representations in discourses

Coordinator(s): Juliana Alves Assis, Maria Angela Paulino Teixeira Lopes

The group studies formative and professional practices, with strong interest in reading and writing. Concerning the formation, the emphasis is on teaching/learning practices of reading and writing in basic education and at the university, evaluating, in the case of the university, the impacts of these practices in the process of appropriation of the academic discourse and in the identity construction of the ever-developing professional. It also seeks to understand the role of representations on the objects of teaching and learning in the formative process. With regard to professional acting, it aims to understand and interpret acting, especially that of the mother tongue teacher, based on the examination of the professional activity carried out and the discourses produced in/about work situations. It already had several research projects approved by national agencies. Since 2015, it develops an international cooperation project within the Capes/Cofecub project, in partnership with 3 French and 4 Brazilian Higher Education Institutions.

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Group: Complex Cognitio - an integrated view of human cognition: body, brain, mind, language, meaning

Coordinator(s): Hugo Mari and José Carlos Cavalheiro da Silveira

The Complex Cognitio Research Group intends to discuss an integrated proposal of the processes of human cognition, from the field of neurosciences, linguistics, mind theories, biology, among others. The proposal is based on the principle of the organism integration with the environment, through human sensors that ensure the meaning production, essential to its self-organization. Thus, the organism acts in its environment, experiencing it through its sensorial apparatus and significantly projects other worlds. The main objectives of the Group are as follows: a) to evaluate the nature of interfaces between dimensions of cognition, integrating the activity of meaning through brain, mental and linguistic properties/functionalities; b) to point out the need to broaden the radius of integration so that we can extract from it a functional understanding of the organism. The Group was financed by FAPEMIG in the two stages in which the main project was submitted to the Universal Demand Notice.

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Group: ELINC – Study Group in Language and Cognition

Coordinator(s): Arabie Bezri Hermont and Sandra Maria Silva Cavalcante

The eLinC group is organized around the proposition of studies that manifest the search for understanding, on the one hand, of phenomena of a semantic-lexical, morphosyntactic and phonological nature involved in the acquisition (oral and written) of mother tongue and foreign language and, on the other hand, of phenomena of a discursive-cognitive nature. In its work routine, the group includes study meetings and research work based on theoretical and methodological assumptions that are identified in important theoretical frameworks of contemporary linguistics, including Generative Grammar, Cognitive Linguistics and frameworks that converge their efforts in the best understanding of the foreign language acquisition process. Recently, there have been various studies on the relationship between literacy in typical and atypical situations.

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Group: Africa and Brazil: literary and cultural repertoires

Coordinator(s): Terezinha Taborda Moreira

The Group intends to discuss literary and cultural repertoires by which Africa and Brazil make themselves known, problematizing them. It aims to review, under the sign of cultural diversity, concepts and ideas from which Africa and Brazil are commonly thought. Within the Group, thinking the literary and cultural repertoires related to Brazil and the African continent involves asking about the propositions and views of Africa and Brazil that can be perceived in literary and artistic texts in general; the ways that artistic and critical productions elect in order to insert Africa and Brazil in the contemporary cultural scene and the dialogues that literature and other arts have promoted with political and social horizons. The Group also hopes to contribute to the training of teachers who can implement the provisions in Article 26, Law 10,639 of 2003, which establishes the teaching about African and Afro-Brazilian history and culture.

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Group: João Guimarães Rosa's work: production and reception under the perspective of cognitive aesthetics

Coordinator(s): Márcia Marques de Morais

The research proceeds from a project concluded on Guimarães Rosa's novel ("Grande Sertão: paths of its genesis and scope of its production" in its phases I and II), going on to work with the entire production of Rosa's text, in view of the high demand for the Program, by people interested in Guimarães Rosa's work. In addition to the novel, we will examine the production of Rosa's text, in search of answers to the questions: what resources does the authorship use to enhance the multiplicity of readings that the work involves?; what devices of literary theories pulse in the construction of the fictional text, leading it to stage its own language/literature?; what interpretative lines are privileged in the reception, in a broad sense, and in the strict reception of Rosa's criticism and why?. The study aims to: (i) emphasize the metaliterary aspect of Guimarães Rosa's work, "structuring" its genesis; (ii) point out language, considering it to be the object of fiction discourse (metalanguage), as the real protagonist of Guimarães Rosa's work and the enabler itself for contemplating readings in other fields of knowledge (interdisciplinarity); (iii) discuss the role of intertextuality as a reiterative resource of the stylistic and aesthetic-philological work of the authorial production. The research operationalization will take place by (i) joint reading and discussion of the fictional work, taken from the research objects of the Doctoral students, Master's students, and scientific initiation researchers, and examination of the critical studies dedicated to each selected text; (ii) close analysis of the literary text exploited by the aesthetic-stylistic theories and by the examination of its language, both through linguistic and philological perspective, considering the hybrid oral/written that tensions the production/reception of Rosa's literature; (iii) the production of essays that contemplate the examined episodes, in order to contribute to the circulation of the reading of Guimarães Rosa's literature.

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Group: Children of exile

Coordinator(s): Priscila Campolina de Sá Campello

The research group "Children of exile" investigates the representation of minority ethnic groups in the contemporary narrative of authors of Arab and Latin American origin from diverse literatures, establishing relationships with the historical legacy of immigration. The group discusses several ways of interaction that the characters maintain with the society of different countries and with their countries of origin and how the memorialist narrative is related to the process of text construction. Currently, the group disseminates contemporary authors and texts on the literature of immigrants in the United States through the production of academic articles on the topic, the exercise of translating short stories and poems, as well as translating critical and theoretical texts about the translation process, in addition to developing studies on methods and aspects of literary texts translation and reflections on the possibilities of translation.

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Group: Versiprosa

Coordinator(s): Raquel Beatriz Junqueira Guimarães

The research group Versiprosa is dedicated to studies on the literature/memory/journalism interface and contemporary poetic production, specifically Portuguese-language poetry. The group currently holds the "Portuguese-language poetry seminars — dialogues" together with the Center for Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies. In the previous years, works of poets such as Ferreira Gullar, Manuel Bandeira, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and journalist-writers like Fernando Sabino have already been discussed. Some theoretical issues developed by the group's works are particularly relevant such as the limits of the notion of free verse, and the constitution of poetics of memory in its various manifestations: memoirs, autobiographies, letters, diaries, poems, documentaries, reports, testimonies, interviews.

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Group: Literary text: shadows of writing and its projection in reading

Coordinator(s): Márcia Marques de Morais

The group aims to work the analytical reading of the literary text — poems and narratives — in order to: (i) scrutinize mediations between the production of meaning(s) in literature texts and their reception, considering the strategies used by authorship to enhance the polysemy of the work(s) examined; ii) emphasize the strangeness, considering the different "strata" of writing: phonetic, morphosyntactic, lexical, and semantic, as an insinuating tension to relevant meanings in/for the reception of the text; (iii) examining the text/work, looking for the articulations signifier/signified, form/background, enunciation/statement, context/text, in order to perceive in them the reiteration and the insistence of interpretative directions; (iv) promote reading and writing (creative) laboratories, working on the deconstruction (reading) of the literary text and its (re)construction (creative writing) and the testing of these processes by teachers who train readers in basic education.

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Group: Literary territorialities

Coordinator(s): Ivete Lara Camargos Walty

The present research group has as its main purpose to analyze theoretical and critical works, in dialogue with fictional works from Brazilian writers (José de Alencar, Machado de Assis, Mário de Andrade, Silviano Santiago, Luiz Ruffato), examining the configuration of their aesthetic projects, taking in account the place of literature and other forms of art (specifically plastic arts works, such as the ones by Portinari, Tarsila do Amaral and Adriana Varejão) and their agents in the formation of territories. The reading operators applied in the analysis are territory, map, circuit, recursion and anthropophagy. 1. Publication of Cadernos Cespuc de Pesquisa, including articles written by all participants. v. 36 (2019): Territories and anthropophagy 2. Lecture: Anthropophagy and anthropoemic in Adriana Varejão's paintings, to be published as an article.

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