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The Graduate Program in Philology and Portuguese Language

The Graduate Program in Philology and Portuguese Language of the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, was created in 1971 and, since then, has been offering master’s and doctorate level courses.

Its objective is to educate and train, in specializations tied to Philology and Portuguese Language studies in general, both researchers that seek scientific and professional development and teachers who wish to work in higher education centers and institutes and universities. Historically, it has been responsible for the qualification of professionals that work in important Graduate Programs in Languages, Literature and Linguistics all over the country.

The main research and teaching activities assume the Portuguese language as an object of study, approached under the philological and the linguistic perspectives.

The philological approach is organized in one line of research and encompasses a set of disciplines –  Paleography, Codicology, Material Bibliography, Diplomatics, Textual Criticism, Digital Humanities – oriented towards the study of the production, transmission and edition of written texts in Portuguese.

The linguistic approach is organized in five lines of research, dealing with four subareas of knowledge: Linguistic Theory and Analysis, Applied Linguistics, Discourse Theory and Historiography. The first subarea deals with theoretical research and data analysis of Portuguese and contact languages in the phonetical, phonological, morphological and syntactic levels in generative, functionalist and cognitivist perspectives. The second one covers research on first and second language teaching, as well as the development of technologies oriented towards linguistic studies.  The third subarea investigates the processes of textual and discursive constitution under different theoretical perspectives and its corresponding methodology. At last, the fourth one comprises studies concerning the history of grammatical ideas.   

Six lines of research assemble all researchers of the Program and, in each one of them, professors develop, with their advisees and other colleagues, several research projects.


Areas of concentration

Linguistic Theory and Analysis

Applied Linguistics

Discourse Theory

Historiography of Linguistics


Lines of research – Master’s and Doctoral Level Studies

Philology

This line is dedicated to the investigation of written texts through different fields: Paleography, Codicology, Material Bibliography, Diplomatics, Textual Criticism, Digital Humanities. The researchers aim to describe, identify and edit texts in order to achieve a reliable basis for philological studies and for the constitution of corpora in Portuguese].  

Grammars of Portuguese and Contact Languages

This line is dedicated to the investigation of grammar (Phonology, Morphology and Syntax) of Portuguese and Contact Languages.

History of the Portuguese language and Historiography of Linguistics

This line has two main axes of investigation: the study of the Portuguese language through a diachronic or historical point of view and the study of the History of Linguistic Ideas.

Portuguese Lexicon

This line encompasses researches that assume the lexicon as its focus, considering it in etymological, morphological, semantic and discursive perspectives. Its several projects aim at describing and analyzing lexicon though historical, dialetological, neological and stylistical point of views and at producing lexicographical and terminological works. 

Applied Linguistics

This lines conducts transdisciplinary research on grammatical, textual and discursive procedures in first and second language teaching in educational contexts (initial teacher education and continuing professional development).

Textual Linguistics and Discourse Theory

This line draws upon distinct theoretical and methodological approaches to study the processes of oral and written texts constitution, as well as the configuration of discourses in different social fields. 


The Curriculum

The Graduate Program Curriculum is coherently organized in function of its six lines of research. Each one of them offers, periodically, introduction and advanced courses. The first ones seek to present a theoretical and methodological overview of a field of knowledge, whereas the second ones deal with specific aspects of a field, in accordance with the projects developed by the researchers.

Master’s Program

Holders of undergraduate diplomas may apply for admission to the Master’s Program. The candidate chooses a line of research and undergoes an admission process constituted by three stages: a language proficiency test; a knowledge exam, based on bibliography disclosed through proper documentation in July; and an interview about the candidate’s research project. The first two stages have an eliminatory character, whereas the last one is classificatory.

The Master’s Level student must accomplish 24 required credits in disciplines and write a dissertation. These 24 credits correspond to three or four disciplines, undertaken in the course first year. The Program suggests that the student enrolls in an introduction and an advanced course aligned to his/her line of research and in one (or two) more discipline(s) pertaining to a different line of research.

Doctoral Program (PhD)

Holders of Master’s degrees may apply for admission to the Doctoral Program. The candidate chooses a line of research and undergoes an admission process constituted by three stages: a language proficiency test; a knowledge exam, based on bibliography disclosed in proper documentation; and an interview about the candidate’s research project. The first two stages have an eliminatory character, whereas the last one is classificatory.

The Doctoral Level student must accomplish 16 required credits in disciplines and write a thesis. These 16 credits correspond to two or three disciplines, undertaken in the course first two years. The Program suggests that the student enrolls in two advanced courses: one aligned to his/her line of research and one linked to another area of concentration.


Other information

The Program also sponsors two important academic journals in the fields of Philology, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.

Filologia and Linguística Portuguesa is a high-ranked (Qualis A2) open-access journal that aims at publishing original papers on Philology and Linguistics. Every submitted paper is assessed through a double-blind peer review process, in order to certify the quality of the scientific production and to guarantee the most transparent and non-biased selection process. Filologia e Linguística Portuguesa publishes papers in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

http://www.revistas.usp.br/flp

Linha D’Água is a high-ranked (Qualis B1) open-access journal that aims at publishing original papers, book reviews and translations. It focuses on the discussion of the Portuguese language in its oral and written modalities (be it in traditional or digital media), Literature, discursive processes and first and second language teaching. Linha D’Água publishes papers in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

http://www.revistas.usp.br/linhadagua



Dr. Radut Consulting