Fifty years in Brazil—a compendium in tribute to its ethnolinguistic communities

(January 2009) After fifty years of cooperation with Brazilian academic institutions and government agencies, SIL has published a book in tribute to Brazil's ethnolinguistic minorities. It presents sixteen articles that exemplify the contributions of SIL in Brazil to the fields of linguistics and related disciplines, especially applied linguistics.

The book, Fifty years in Brazil: A sampler of SIL work 1958–2008, was edited by Mary Ruth Wise, Robert A. Dooley and Isabel Murphy. It will appeal to local audiences interested in their own languages and cultures as well as to linguists, anthropologists and officials with an interest in Brazil. Each chapter is introduced by the editors in both English and Portuguese.

This volume includes a history of SIL's 50 years in Brazil. Papers describing at least some aspects of the grammar of almost all languages studied by SIL field linguists are listed in the selected bibliography.


  • Apresentação/Foreword (Francisco Gomes de Matos)
  • Introduction (Mary Ruth Wise)
  • "SIL—50 Anos no Brasil" (Isaac Costa de Souza)
  • "Desmond Derbyshire (1924–2007)" (Geoffrey K. Pullum)
  • "Word order universals and the existence of OVS languages (Desmond C. Derbyshire)
  • "Syntactic typology) "Desmond C. Derbyshire"
  • "Os parágrafos gramaticais, fonológicos e léxicais na língua Kaiwá" (Loraine I. Bridgeman)
  • "Network diagramming applied to translation" "Margaret Sheffler"
  • "Marked topicalization processes in nambiquara" (Ivan Lowe)
  • "When switch reference moves to discourse" (Robert A. Dooley)
  • "Análise do discurso e estudo da gramática" (Ursula Wiesemann)
  • "Mamaindé coda processes" (Dave Eberhard)
  • "Exemplos do dicionário Parintintín-Português Português-Parintintín" (LaVera Betts, Compiladora)
  • "A snapshot of Indians and culture areas of mid-twentieth century Brazil" (Dale W. Kietzman)
  • "Uma seleção de dados de Ofaié" (Sarah C. Gudschinsky)
  • "Excerpts from Cross-Referencing Changes in Some Tupí-Guaraní Languages" (Cheryl Jensen)
  • "On Surui social organization" (Carolyn Bontkes and William R. Merrifield)
  • "Interpretação de segmentos e seqüências de segmentos ambivalentes" (Gloria E. Kindell)
  • "O novo ritual Kayapó de educação" (Isabel Murphy)
  • Bibliografia Selecionada da SIL-Brasil (Kathleen Jefferson e Alan R. Vogel, Compiladores)

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