Research

I am presently working to document, describe and analyze the Tuparí language, which is spoken by approximately 350 people in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. You can read more about the group at this link (click here for a Portuguese version). You can also learn more about the native peoples of southern Rondônia through the work of the translator Gleice Mere (English version forthcoming).

Here are some of my publications:

  • Singerman, Adam Roth. 2016. ‘Nasal harmony and phonotactic well-formedness in Tupari.’ International Journal of American Linguistics 82(4):453-485.
    article and audio files
  • Singerman, Adam Roth. 2018. ‘Negation as an exclusively nominal category.’ Language 94(2):432-467.
    article and audio files
  • Singerman, Adam Roth. 2018. The morphosyntax of Tuparí a Tupían language of the Brazilian Amazon. PhD dissertation, University of Chicago.
    full text
  • Antonia Fernanda de Souza Nogueira, Nicole Soares-Pinto, Ana Vilacy Galucio, and Adam Roth Singerman. 2019. ‘Termos de parentesco na família Tupari (Tupi) / Kin Terms in Tupari Family (Tupi).’ Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Ciências Humanas 14(1):33-64.
    article (in Portuguese)
  • Singerman, Adam Roth. 2019. ‘Non-witnessed evidentiality in Tuparí and its connection to resultative constructions in the perfect aspect.’ International Journal of American Linguistics 85(3):401-445.
    article

I’ve received a research fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The purpose of the fellowship is to develop a full reference grammar and text collection for Tuparí as well as community-oriented revitalization materials. On the theoretical side, my current projects include:

  • the relationship between internally-headed relative clauses and direct quotation in Tuparí discourse
  • the interaction between ergative-absolutive and nominative-accusative properties in Tuparí morphosyntax
  • number-driven verbal suppletion in Tuparí and related languages of southern Rondônia

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