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Margarida Maria Taddoni Petter

Margarida Maria Taddoni Petter was a guest of the IAS from June 1st - July 31st, 2010, invited by Manfred von Roncador. She is a full professor at the Department of Linguistics of the University of São Paulo. She teaches in the fields of general and African linguistics. She did her M.A. at the Université Nationale de Côte D’Ivoire in 1984. In 1992, she defended her PhD at the University of São Paulo. Her thesis was on “A construção do significado de fàni ‘pano e vestuário’ em diula” (The construction of the meaning of fani ‘cloth and clothing’ in Diula). In 2008 her Habilitation “Variedades linguísticas em contato: português angolano, português brasileiro e português moçambicano” (Linguistic varieties in contact: Angolan Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese and Mozambican Portuguese) was accepted at the University of São Paulo.

Margarida Petter is head of a study group on African linguistics – GELA. Her publications focus mainly on the structure of the lexicon and on contact linguistics (African languages and the varieties of Portuguese spoken in Angola, Brazil and Mozambique). During her stay in Bayreuth, she delivered two guest lectures on “African Languages in Brazil” and on “Portuguese in contact in Angola, Brazil and Mozambique”. The possibilities of further cooperation were discussed with the African Linguists in Bayreuth (Gabriele Sommer, Clarissa Vierke, Dymitr Ibriszimow, Manfred von Roncador); a first step being the integration of a doctoral student from São Paulo, Juliana Macek, as a guest junior fellow at BIGSAS.

NAB X, 2010, p. 35.

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