Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Term: July 19, 2017-July 18, 2020
Bruna Franchetto is Full Professor in both the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Anthropology (National Museum) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), from which she received her PhD in Social Anthropology in 1986. Since 1977, her linguistic and ethnological research has focused on the description, documentation, and analysis of Kuikuro, one of the varieties of the Upper Xingu Carib Language, spoken in southern Amazonia, and on oral traditions and verbal arts. She has organized an extensive documentary archive on Kuikuro housed at the DoBeS Program (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) and the Documentation of Indigenous Languages and Cultures Archive (FUNAI/Museu do Índio/Rio de Janeiro). At the Museu do Índio, she has coordinated the ProDoclin (Program for the Documentation of Indigenous Languages) since 2009. Her publications on Kuikuro and the other varieties of the Upper Xingu Carib Language include articles and book chapters on phonology, morphology, syntax and verbal arts. Her broader interests include: description, analysis and documentation of minority languages, especially Amerindian languages; translation; genesis and impact of writing and literacy in native languages; multilingualism; linguistic policies and ideologies; the relation between language and music in songs and chanted speech; verbal arts; language revitalization. She coordinates, with the anthropologist Carlos Fausto, the Project Documenta Kuikuro (DKK), in collaboration with the Kuikuro Indigenous (AIKAX) and the Group of Kuikuro film-makers (CKC).
Institutional webpage: http://www.ppgasmn-ufrj.com/bruna-franchetto.html