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The Graduate Program in Linguistics of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora was born from the Graduate Program in Letters (at the master’s level), which had its areas – Linguistics and Literature Theory – extended to two new full programs, offering both masters and doctorate degrees. Accredited for the master’s degree (in March / 2007) and doctorate (in August / 2007), it maintained the initial grade 4 in the CAPES assessments in the 2007-2009 and 2010-2012 triennia. In the last four years (2013-2016), the Graduate Program in Linguistics / UFJF was graded 5 by CAPES.

The first three-year evaluation 2007-2009 identified as positive aspects: the intellectual production; coherence and consistency in the composition of its faculty and students in the lines of research; the projects and training activities; as well as the concern to professional and research development, from Linguistics as a knowledge area, seeking articulations with the social, cognitive and educational sciences. Regarding committee recommendations, it was pointed out “the fragility of the Program in relation to the number of permanent professors”, and it was made clear in the evaluation that the Program should pay attention to this issue for the next three years.

In a brief retrospective, the Graduate Program in Linguistics suffered a reduction of its permanent faculty since its creation in 2007, with the retirement of Prof. Mario Roberto Zágari (2007), and the detachment of the Prof. Tânia Clemente (2007); Sandra Monteiro (2008) and Nilza Dias (2009). In order to reassemble the teaching staff, the Program approved the accreditation of  Patrícia Fabiane Amaral da Cunha Lacerda (2008) in the Language and Society research line. In 2009, two new professors were accredited: Denise Barros Weiss, who joined the Linguistics and Language Teaching Line , and Prof. Luciana Teixeira, who joined the line of Linguistics and Cognition.

For the admission of new teachers to the Program, the criteria for teacher accreditation (check subsection 1.2 below and Article 24 of the Program Regulations in OTHER INFORMATION – section 1 of the Program Proposal) were used as reference.

In line with the UFJF Graduation policy, the Graduate Pro-Rectorate held two vacancies of Visiting Professor for PPG Linguistics in 2010, which counted with the effective collaboration of Prof. Roberto Rondinini (professor at UFRRJ – 2010) and Prof. Aléria Lage (professor at UFRJ – 2013), who worked both in the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, teaching classes and integrating the research groups of the Program.

Also in 2010, the Program started with a PRODOC Fellow, Prof. Guiomar da Silva Albuquerque (professor of UFES – 2013), who integrated the researchers group of the Linguistics and Cognition Line, working more specifically with Prof. Maria Cristina Lobo Name (Coordinator of PRODOC Project) and Luciana Teixeira, in the sub-line Psycholinguistics. This project was conceived with a view to strengthening and consolidating the NEALP (Center for Studies in Acquiring Language and Psycholinguistics) and the Psycholinguistics sub-line. In 2010 and 2011, the accreditations of two other professors were approved: Prof. Ana Claudia Peters Salgado, in the line Language and Society, and Prof. Tiago Timponi Torrent, in the line of Linguistics and Cognition.

Due to the small number of teachers in the Linguistic and Language Teaching line, it became necessary to seek reinforcement for this group of researchers and, in December 2011, the selection was made to fill a vacancy for a PNPD fellowship (from the project “Practices of Orality and Citizenship”), under the coordination of Prof Neusa Salim Miranda and Prof Keylla Manfilli Fioravante, who worked at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for the next three years, developing teaching, research and orientation activities, focusing on teaching Portuguese.

Therefore, at the end of the three-year period (2010-2012), the Program had 16 teachers: 12 permanent staff (one of whom worked on two lines of research – Prof. Neusa Salim Miranda: “Linguistics and Cognition” and “Linguistics and Language Teaching”); 3 collaborators and 2 guests. It is important to note that of the 12 permanent researchers, two were researchers with a research productivity grant at CNPq – level 2: Prof. Maria Cristina Lobo Name and Prof. Paulo Cortes Gago.

The triennial 2010-2012 final evaluation highlights: “The Program has adapted to the appropriate dimension to a master’s and doctoral degree course and has encouraged the continuous training of its teachers through post-doctoral training and participation in institutional exchanges. The Program maintains note 4 for having obtained a ‘Good’ concept in the area of ​​Intellectual Production.” The Program sought to resolve its fragility in relation to the number of permanent teachers, but a period of professional maturation of the new researchers was still necessary in order to balance the distribution of guidelines and qualified relation to the permanent teaching staff. In addition, the overload of teaching activities and administrative functions was negatively reflected in the bibliographical production of teachers in general.

In 2013, Professors Fábio da Silva Fortes (Language and Society line) and Mercedes Marcilese (Linguistics and Cognition line) joined the Program. The Prof. Guiomar da Silva Albuquerque (PRODOC Fellow), after being approved at the Federal University of Espírito Santo, ended its activities in March 2013, disconnecting from the project “Linguistics and Cognition – Psycholinguistics”, coordinated by Prof. Cristina Name. Also in 2013, a new selection for the PRODOC grant was made to fill the vacancy, having been approved the Prof. ClaraNóvoa Gonçalves Villarinho, recently PhD student in Language Studies / PUC-Rio.

There were, in 2013, the accreditation of 2 permanent members: Prof Amitza Torres Vieira, in the Language and Society Line, and Prof Thais Fernandes Sampaio, in the Linguistics and Cognition Line. Also in 2013, Professors Margarida Salomão (Line of Linguistics and Cognition) and Sonia Bittencourt Silveira (line Language and Society) retired, but continued to be applied in PPG Linguistics as permanent (see art.2, subsection IV, letter b, of the Ordinance). No. 02 of January 4, 2012). Prof  Margarida Salomão formalized with the Coordination of this Program and the Postgraduate Dean of the UFJF her interest in opening new vacancies for doctoral orientation in the Selection Process of 2014, whose classes began in 2015. Prof Sonia Bittencourt explained that she did not intend to continue working on the program after the completion of her guidelines (in 2013, four theses were in progress, with defenses in 2014, 2015 and 2016).
The Graduate Program in Linguistics started 2013 with 17 teachers (of whom 15 were permanent members = 88.2%, 2 were collaborator = 11.8%), remembering that a permanent teacher worked in two lines of research, Profa. Neusa Salim Miranda (Linguistics and Cognition and Linguistics and Language Teaching). The program also had 2 visitors: Prof. Clara Villarinho (PRODOC Fellow), selected after the termination of Prof. Guiomar Albuquerque in March 2013, and Prof. Keylla Manfili (PNPD).

The assumption about the postgraduate program dynamic nature aware of the importance of the balance in the distribution of its teachers among the lines of research made the Graduate Program in Linguistics, still in the process of seeking its consolidation, invest in the constant qualification and weighted enlargement of  its faculty. In these ten years of the Graduate Program in Linguistics, there is a qualified and balanced growth of the Program teaching staff, fact already observed in the Midterm Evaluation 2013-2014: initial composition (11 permanent and 3 employees); composition at the end of the triennium 2007-2009 (8 permanent and 3 employees); composition at the end of the three-year period 2010-2012 (12 permanent, 2 visitors and 3 employees). In 2013 and 2014, there were 15 permanent (75%), 2 visitors (10%) and 3 employees (15%). In 2015, the number of permanent staff remained the same as in 2016, when PPG Linguistic ended the four-year period with the following staff: 17 permanent staff (77.3%), 2 visitors (9.1%) and 3 staff (13.6%).
Always articulating the three lines of research (Linguistics and Cognition, Language and Society, Linguistics and Language Teaching) the Program presented, in the quadrennium 2013-2016, other figures that reflected the constant commitment not only to growth and qualification, but also to the intellectual production and the projects of the faculty, which also had a direct impact on the involvement and intellectual products of graduate students. In 2013, in addition to 3 theses and 12 dissertations defended, 66 bibliographical productions (35 of students as authors) and 168 techniques (109 of students) were computed, which were linked to 24 research projects. In 2014, in addition to 6 theses and 12 dissertations defended, 75 bibliographical productions (40 of students) and 151 techniques (86 of students) were added, which were linked to 29 research projects. In 2015, in addition to 9 theses and 10 dissertations defended, 77 bibliographical productions (34 of students) and 168 techniques (80 of students) totaling 37 research projects were added. The year 2016 had 5 theses and 7 dissertations defended, 53 bibliographical productions (30 of students) and 165 techniques (72 of students), which were linked to 28 research projects. Altogether in the quadrennium, there were, in all, 271 bibliographical productions and 653 techniques, certainly different numbers from the previous triennium.

During the last four years, a more comprehensive total of graduates can be observed: 64, of which 23 are PhDs and 41 are masters. During these four years, the average academic qualification was 27 months (2013), 27 months (2014), 29 months (2015) and 27 months (2016). With respect to the doctorate, the average time of titration was 52 (2013), 45 (2014), 55 (2015) and 54 (2016), and the average of the whole quadrennium totaled 51.5. As for the qualification exam in 2016, 10 doctoral students, belonging to the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014, had their thesis projects approved.

With the renewal of the faculty in 2016, and in anticipation of the accreditation of new teachers in 2017, the PPG Linguistic felt the need to make some changes in disciplines and in the lines of research to contemplate the updates of the researchers and the demands of science. 

After successive meetings, we reached the proposal of a new curriculum structure of the Graduate Program in Linguistics that would pass from three to two lines of research. In a meeting of June 7, 2017, the lines Language and Society and Linguistics and Language Teaching were extinct and gave rise to the line Language and Humanities. At that time, the faculty were allowed to change lines so that their research projects were better suited. Thus, as of June 7, the structure of Graduate Program in Linguistics started to count on two lines of research:1) Linguistic and Cognition Line with the following teachers: Aline Alves Fonseca, Aline Garcia Rodero Takahira, Ely Edson da Silva Matos, Luiz Fernando Matos Rocha, Maria Cristina Lobo Name, Mercedes Marcilese, Patrícia Fabiane Amaral da Cunha Lacerda, Paula Roberta Gabbai Armelin, Sandra Aparecida Faria de Almeida, Tiago Timponi Torrent; 2) Language and Humanities Line with the following teachers: Alexandre José Pinto Cadilhe de Assis Jácome, Amitza Torres Vieira, Ana Claudia Peters Salgado, Ana Paula Grillo El-Jaick, Denise Barros Weiss, Fábio da Silva Fortes, Fernanda Cunha Sousa, Marta Cristina da Silva, Patrícia Nora de Souza Ribeiro, Thaís Fernandes Sampaio. Prof. Luciana Teixeira requested her dismissal of the Program from April 9, 2018.


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