Herr Dr. Francisco da Silva-Xavier

Einladende Institution: Institut für Afrikastudien
Aufenthalt: 01. November 2015 - 23. Dezember 2015
Heimatuni: Universidade de São Paulo (USP) (Brasilien)
Schwerpunkt regional: Angola
Forschungsfelder: phonology, morphosyntax of African languages
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Francisco da Silva-Xavier holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. He is a member of the African Studies Group at USP and his main interest is the description of the phonology and morphosyntax of African languages. Within the framework of the project "The role of African languages in the development of Brazilian Portuguese” he did research training with the LLACAN/CNRS to accomplish his graduate studies, conducting a detailed phonological description of Kimbundu, a Bantu language of Angola. In his book "Segmental and Suprasegmental Phonology of Kimbundu - Regiolects of Luanda, Bengo, Cuanza Norte and Malanje", published in 2012, he covers the phonology of Kimbundu including its prosodic structure. Francisco da Silva-Xavier has also taught Brazilian studies at the University of Sorbonne IV, in Paris, where he currently lives. As a visiting researcher invited by Clarissa Vierke and Manfred von Roncador he spent 7 weeks at the IAS studying idiosyncratic agreement patterns in Kimbundu as well as comparing the grammatical functioning of two languages spoken in Angola: Kimbundu and Umbundu.

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