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Name: Manuela Ambar

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Academic Degree: Ph.D

Professional Status: Professor at the Linguistics Department, University of Lisbon (Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa).

CLUL's Research Sector: Laboratory of Psycholinguistics

Research Areas: comparative syntax, theoretical syntax


Academic Degrees:
 2006  Agregação (Academic Title). General and Romance Linguistics 2nd group A. University of Lisbon.
1989  Doutoramento em Letras “Linguística Portuguesa”, PhD in Theoretical Syntax and Comparative Syntax - word order, University of Lisbon. Thesis title: Para uma Sintaxe da Inversão Sujeito Verbo. Thesis supervisors:  Richard Kayne (M.I.T.)  and Malaca Casteleiro  (University of Lisbon).
1976  MA Romance Philology (Licenciatura em Filologia Românica) University of Lisbon.
1974  BA Romance Philology (Bacharelato em Filologia Românica), University of Lisbon.
Positions
2006-2008   President, Linguistics Department (Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica).
Since 1989  Professor, Linguistics Department (Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica).
1978-1989   Assistente, Linguistics Department (Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica).
1976-1978   Monitor, Linguistics Department (Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica).

Activities:

Selected education stages
1982-1989    Universités de Paris VIII et de Paris VII, France - working with Nicolas Ruwet, Richard Kayne, Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Jacqueline Guéron, Hans Obeanuer, a.o..
1986, 1987     Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US - Visiting Scholar,
and 1997        proposals by Richard Kayne in 1986, Noam Chomsky in 1987.  

Invited Visiting Professor 
1989, July                University of Girona
1990, June               University of Rabat
1992, October          Université du Québec à  Montreal, Canada (UQAM).
1994, June               University of Vienna, Austria. 
1995, April               University of Poitiers, France 
1996, May               Université du Québec à  Montreal, Canada (UQAM) et U. Sherbrooke.
2001, March            University of Trieste, Italy.
2001, May               Université du Québec à  Montreal, Canada (UQAM).
2002, September    University of Trieste, Italy
2003, October          Université du Québec à  Montreal, Canada (UQAM).
2005, January          USP (Universidade de São Paulo), Brasil, CNPQ.
2005, May-June       Université de Paris 7, France, CNRS  (dossier submitted, Ref. VB912-338075).
Summer Schools
1989 Girona International Summer School in Linguistics, Girona, Spain. (Invited Professor; other invited Professors: Esther Torrego and Jean-Yves Pollock).
1990 International Institute of the Linguistic Society of Morocco, Rabat, Morocco. (Invited Professor, other invited Professors : Joe Emonds, Jacqueline Guéron, Teun Hoekstra, Anna Maria Di-Sciullo, Jean-Yves Pollock, Eric Reuland, Alain Rouveret).

Editorial/Advisory Boards
1989- Rivista di Grammatica Generativa, Italy.
1993-  DELTA (Revista de Documentação de Estudos em Linguística), Brasil.
2002- Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, Portugal.
Reviews for (from 1989 to present):
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Probus
John Benjamins
MIT Press

Congress Scientific Committees
15th GLOW Colloquium – Lisbon, 1992 (President).
6th Colloquium on Generative Grammar – Spain, 1996.
XIII Encontro Nacional da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística – Lisbon 1997.
ConSOLE 6 – Lisbon 1997.
Eléments Minimaux de la Variation Linguistique – Paris, 1997-1999.
8th Colloquium on Generative Grammar – Palmela, 1998.
9th Colloquium on Generative Grammar – Spain, 1999.
10th Colloquium on Generative Grammar – Spain, 2000.
24th GLOW Colloquium – Braga, 2001.
XXVIII Incontro di Grammatica Generativa – Italy, 2002.
Second Lisbon Meeting on Language Acquisition with special reference to Romance Languages – Lisboa, 2004.
9ème Atelier des Doctorants en Linguistique – Paris, 2005.
18th Colloquium on Generative Grammar, 2008.
LSRL proceedings.
Going Romance (multiple).
Incontro di Grammatica Generativa (multiple).

Grants
BAL - Bureau d’Action Linguistique, France, 1983,1985.
Luso-American Educational Comission (Comissão Cultural Luso-American), 1986.
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), 1987.

JNIC/JNICT, 1987.
University of Vienna, 1994.
FLAD (Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento), 1997
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1996.
UQAM (Universidade du Québec à Montréal), 1992, 1996, 2003.
CNPQ, USP (Universidade de São Paulo), 2005.
CNRS de Paris, Université de Paris 7, 2005.

Administrative Experience

1989-1991  Scientific Board Faculdade de Letras, UL.
1989-1991   Executive Committee of the Department of Linguistics.
1992-1998   Coordinator of the Linguistics Master at the Department of Linguistics.
1993-1994   Coordinator of the National Portuguese Examination (access to the University, collaboration with Eduardo Chitas).
1991-1993   Portuguese Coordinator of an Erasmus project with the Universities of Venice, Italy and Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain (PIC-91-E-1143/09).
1999-    Socrates program with the University of Trieste, Italy. Italian Coordinator: Prof: G. Longobardi.
2006-2008      President of the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon.
2006-2008       Scientific Board of Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon.
2007-2009       ‘Grupo de Reflexão Estratégica sobre a Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa’.
2008-2010       Faculty of Letters Assembly.

Scientific Meetings Organization
1989  Generative Grammar workshop. Óbidos, Portugal.
1992  15th GLOW Colloquium. Lisboa (President). Main conference (free topi) and two workshops: (I) African and Creole Languages, (II) Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Lexicon - Interfaces.
1993   Fifth European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, Lisbon.
1997   Seventh Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Palmela, Portugal.
1997-1999  Eléments Minimaux de la Variation Linguistique, EHESS, CNRS, Paris.
2003  Second Lisbon Meeting on Language acquisition with special reference to Romance Languages, Lisbon.
2008 18th Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Lisboa, Portugal.
 
Research projects
1978-1980          Portuguese as first and second language - National Institute of Scientific Research (INIC), CLUL, Linguistics Center of the University of Lisbon.

1986-1987 Linguistics and Informatics, CLUL Linguistics Center of the University of Lisbon.

1987-1991     EUROTRA, Automatic Translation Project, European Community.

1988-1993 Syntaxe Comparée – examen de quelques sous-systèmes dans les langues européennes. GDR 120, CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique), Paris, France, as ‘foreign associate member’.

1990-1991        S3 – Systems, Software and Services S.A. – S.I.P. – Interface System in Portuguese, as ‘linguistics advisor’ in collaboration with the Laboratory of Electronic Engineering.

1993-1996          European Portuguese in a perspective of Comparative Grammar – National Institute of Scientific and Technologic Research, JNICT – PCSH/C/LIN/528/93.

1997-1999      Inversion in Romance Languages, Amsterdam-Paris.

1994-1998         Centre de Syntaxe Formelle et de Poétique Comparée URA (Unité de Recherche Associée) 1720, University of Paris VIII and CNRS of Paris, France, as “correspondante étrangère”.

1996-1998          Semantic Representation and Inference – Tense and Discursive Relations.

JNICT, National Institute of Scientific and Technologic Research – PCSH/C/LIN/936/95.

1997-2001          Eléments minimaux de la Variation Linguistique – syntaxe comparée

(micro)paramétrique. JNICT (National Institute of Scientific and Technological Research)  and CNRS of Paris. In collaboration with Hans Obenauer and Jean-Yves Pollock. Directors: Hans Obenauer (France) and Manuela Ambar (Portugal).

1998-2003   Les asymmetries, leur forme et leur traitement par les systèmes de performancee, director : Anne-Maire Di Sciullo, UQAM (Université du Québec,  à Montréal), ‘Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada’- as foreign associate member.

1999-2002 Português Europeu e Português Brasileiro: unidade e diversidade na passagem do milénio (PEPB2000).

2000- SynCom (Syntax Companion), directed by Henk van Riemsdijk and Martin Everaert, Holland – Case: “Infinitives in Romance”.

2004-2008     Asymétries d'interfaces et traitement cognitif , director: Anna-Maria Di Sciullo, UQAM,  ‘Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada’, as  ‘colaborateur externe’.

2001-    Gramática do Português – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, CLUL.

2001-   Erasmus Program with Trieste – coordinators: Giuseppi Longobardi (Italy), Manuela Ambar (Portugal).

2008-   Interface Asymmetry Project –Natural language interface asymmetries research - Les asymétries d'interface des langues naturelles. Director Anna-Maria Di-Sciullo. UQAM et  ‘Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada’, as  ‘colaborateur externe’.

Honorary Memberships

1991-1992   President of the Glow Society
1996            Canadian Linguistic Association – Association Canadienne de Linguistique.

Publications
1976 (with Maria Antónia Mota) Curso Intensivo de Língua Portuguesa, CLCP, U. Lisbon.
1980 (with Maria Helena Mateus and Maria Antónia Mota) “Adéquation des modèles théoriques à l’enseignement du portugais-langue étrangère”. In Encrages, Paris, pp. 66-73.
1983 (with Manuela Vasconcelos). “O lugar da gramática no ensino de uma língua”. In Actas do congresso sobre a situação actual da língua portuguesa no mundo, Instituto de Cultura Portuguesa, vol.II, Lisboa, 1988, pp. 266-279.
1984
     “Gramática - algumas reflexões”. In Palavras, Lisboa, pp. 19-27.
     “Gouvernement et inversion dans les interrogatives qu- en portugais”. In Recherches Linguistiques 16. Jean Claude Anscombre (ed.), Paris, 1987, pp. 5-51.

1985

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1989

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1994

1995

       Have-PP and the Tense of Past Participle”. Presented at Langues et Grammaire I, Paris, pp. 29.
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2009

2010

2011 (in press):

Invited Lectures

1980

Society of Portuguese Language (Sociedade de Língua Portuguesa), Lisbon.

1981

Lectures at the RDP (Portuguese Radio Divulgation)

1982

Departamento de Linguística da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.

1983, June

Université de Paris 7, Jussieu, France

1985

Université de Paris 7, Jussieu, France

1992, October

UQAM (Université du Québec à Montreal), Canada.

1993, February

Université de Paris 8, France.

1994, June

University of Vienna and Institute of Language Sciences of the University of Salzburg, Austria.

(invited by Martin Prinzhorn).

1995, April

Université de Poitiers, France.

1996, September

Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

2002, September

University of Trieste, Italy.

2005, June

Université de Paris 7, France

Conference Talks

As keynote speaker

1987, April

First International Conference of the Linguistic Society of Morocco, University of Rabat Morocco.

1987, October

Going Romance, University of Utrecht, Holland.

1988, June

Table Ronde Linguistique Comparée et Théorie du Liage, CNRS de Paris.

1990, March

Binding and Sentence Structure. First International Colloquium GDR 120 – Comparative Syntax, CNRS, Paris.

1991, November

Workshop on Romance Languages, University of Groningen, Holland.

1996, February

International Workshop on Focus, Universités de Paris 10  et Paris 3, Sorbonne.

1997, December

Going Romance 1997, Eleventh Conference on Romance Languages, University of Groningen, Holland.

2000, December

Minimal Elements of Linguistic Variation: Aspects of the wh-system in some Romance Languages, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.

2001, May

The Asymmetry Conference, Université du Québec à Montreal, Canada.

2002, June

The 2nd Conference of the English Department University of Bucharest, Linguistics, Romania.

2002, October

Language, Brain and Computation, University  Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy.

2002, October  

Linguistic Variation in the Left Periphery. University of Konstanz, Germany.

2002, December

Sentence architecture – CP: the fine structure of the domain and the relations CP-IP. École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.

2003, October

Approaching Asymmetry at the Interfaces, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Québec, Canada.

2005, January

USP (University of São Paulo), Brasil

2005, January

Evelin 2005, Second South American Summer School in Formal Linguistics (main closing session) - Conferência de encerramento da II Escola de Verão de Linguística Formal da América do Sul, Unicamp and MIT, University of Campinas, Brasil.

2007, May-June

The 9th Conference of the English Department University of Bucharest - Linguistics, Romania.

2007, November

La structure des types de phrases TUL (Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques, CNRS, Paris.

2008, November

La structure fine des types de phrases TUL (Fédération Typologie et Universaux Linguistiques, CNRS, Paris.

Selected talks

1980, April     Acquisition d’une Langue Etrangère - Perspectives de Recherche, Université de Paris VIII, Vincennes, France.

Talk: “Adéquation des Modèles Théoriques à l’enseignement du portugais-langue étrangère” (with Maria Helena Mateus e Maria Antónia Mota).

1983, June   Congresso sobre a Situação Actual da Língua Portuguesa no Mundo, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Talk: “O lugar da gramática no ensino de uma língua”, (with Manuela Vasconcelos).

1985, October  1º Encontro  da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Talk: “Sobre a estrutura dos constituintes interrogativos - governo e inversão”.

1986, April       9th GLOW Colloquium 1986, University of Girona, Spain

Talk: “Move Infl and sentential arguments” (with Ximena Lois and Hans Obenauer).

1986, October  2º Encontro da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.

Talk: “Auxiliares, Inversão e IP”.

1987, October    3º Encontro da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa.

Talk: “Flutuação do quantificador e subida da flexão”.

1989, June     Workshop de Gramática Generativa, Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, Óbidos.

Talk: “Wh-extraction, verb movement and ECP”.

1989, October    5º Encontro Nacional da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa.

Talk: “Sobre a posição do sujeito - movimento do verbo e estrutura da frase”.

1990, March    Fourth Going Romance Conference on Romance Languages and Linguistics, University of Utrecht, Holland.

Talk: “Weak verbs, thematic identification and the that-t effect”, Selected Abstract.

1990, May       “Congresso da Associação de Linguística e Filologia da América Latina (ALFAL) São Paulo, Brasil.

Talk: “Categorias funcionais e estrutura da frase”. Selected abstract.

1993, March    Third Colloquium on generative Grammar, Universidade Complutense de  Madrid, Spain.

Talk: “Functional Heads and Control in Portuguese and Haitian creole” (with Marie-Thérèse Vinet, University of Sherbrooke, Canada).

1993, May       Second Workshop on the Syntax of Central Romance Languages, University Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Talk: “Functional categories, Selection, Control and Checking Theory”.

1993,December Seventh Going Romance Conference on Romance Languages and Linguistics, University of Utrecht, Holland.

Talk: “A COMP feature and some of its effects”.

1994, January     Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America and of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, University of Boston, USA.

Talk: “Verbal selection, functional categories and control in Haitian Creole” (with Marie-Thérèse Vinet, University of Sherbrooke).

1994, June             Langues et grammaire I, Université de Paris 8, France.

Talk: “Have-PP and the Tense of Past Participle”.

1996, March    LSRL96, (Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages). University Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, City of Mexico, Mexico.

Talk: “Infinitives vs. Participles”.

1996, May              Colloque Grammaire et Variation”, 64 Congrès de l’AFCAS, Université de McGill, Canada.

Talk: “Inflected Infinitives Revisited - genericity vs. single event”.

1996, October         Encontro da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, Braga, Portugal.

Talk: “Estruturas de Complementação em Português vs. Búlgaro”, (with Antonieta Costa e Zlatka Valtcheva-Timenova).

1997, April        Seventh Colloquium on Generative Grammar, University of Oviedo, Spain.

Talk: “Focus and Tense” (with Rita Veloso and Iris Pereira)

1997, June      Langues et Grammaire 3, Université de Paris VIII, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, France.

Talk : « Towards a Minimalist Syntax of Tense”.

1997, September  Eléments minimaux de la variation linguistique,  Ecole de Hautes Etudes de Paris.

Talk : “Tense, Wh and Focus” (with Rita Veloso and Iris Pereira), invited.

1997, October     20º Aniversário do Ensino do Português nas Universidades da Hungria, University of Budapest.

Talk : “Focus and Movement in Portuguese vs. Hungarian”, invited by Giampaolo Salvi (invited).

1998, May             Romance Inversion, University of Amsterdam, Holland.

Talk: “Word Order Effects of a Split CP Hypothesis” (invited)

1998, September  Eléments minimaux de la variation linguistique,  Ecole de Hautes Etudes de Paris.

Talk: “On the internal structure of Portuguese wh-phrases and left periphery. Evidence from Portuguese, French and Hungarian” (with Hans Obenauer, Rita Veloso and Iris Pereira), (invited).

1999, September  Eléments minimaux de la variation linguistique,  Ecole de Hautes Etudes de Paris.

“On the nature of wh phrases – extraction, wh-in-situ and word order”, (with Rita Veloso). (invited)

1999, December   Going Romance University of Leiden, Holland.

Talk: “On the nature of wh phrases – extraction, wh-in-situ and word order. Evidence from Portuguese, French, Hungarian and Tetum” (with Rita Veloso).

2000, March        XXVI Incontro di Grammatica Generativa, Università Degli Studi di Roma Tre, Roma, Italy.

Talk: “How do wh-exclamatives and in situ wh-questions correlate?”

2000,  September Português Europeu e Português Brasileiro - Unidade e Diversidade na Passagem do Milénio, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

Talk: “Factores de co-variação em estruturas qu- em PE e PB”, (with Rita Veloso).

2000, December    Going Romance 2000, University of Utrecht, Holland.

Talk: “Wh-questions and wh-exclamatives – unifying mirror effects”.

2001, February      XXVII Incontro  di Grammatica Generativa, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy.

Talk: “Inversion in wh-structures and the status of wh-phrases”.

2001, March            Colóquio da ABRALIN- PE, PB, Fortaleza, Brasil.

Talk: “Padrões de interrogativas-Q no Português Europeu e no Português Brasileiro: análise inter-linguística” (with Rita Veloso).

2002, January           GLOW in Asia 2002, Taiwan

Talk: «Word order, wh-licensing and the left periphery – toward a definition of discourse oriented» . Selected paper.

2002, September    3º Colóquio Português Europeu e Português Brasileiro Unidade e Diversidade na Passagem do Milénio. FL, University of Lisbon.

Talk: «Sobre o operador sempre: interacções entre tempo, quantificação e estrutura frásica em PE e o PB» (with Esmeralda Negrão and Manuela Gonzaga).

2002, November       Going Romance 2002, University of Groningen, Holland.

Talk: “Tense, Quantification and Clause Structure in EP and BP - Evidence from a comparative study on sempre.” (with Esmeralda Negrão and Manuela Gonzaga).

2004, October         Journées d’études sur le portugais Université de Paris VIII, France.

Talk : “V-to-C in BP and EP” (invited).

2005, Outubro 5Th GLOW in Asia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Deli, India

Talk:  “V-to-C, Tense domains and conditions on Merge and Move”.

2006, Março Incontro di Grammatica Generativa 32. University of Florence, Italy.

Talk: “Verb movement and Tense – EPP and t-completeness”

2007, Março         Incontro di Grammatica Generativa 33, University of  Bologna, Italy.

Talk: “Clause structure, Tense valuation and Phases” (with Rita Veloso).

2007, December    Going Romance, University of Leiden, Holland

Talk: “Tense domains in BP and EP – vP, CP and phases” (with E. Negrão, R. Veloso and L. Graça)

2009, January Journée scientifique en hommage à Celia Jakubowicz – théorie syntaxique et acquisition (a)typique du langage. Univ. Paris 8.

Poster: “Jakubowicz’s DCM, the left periphery and the acquisition of Portuguese wh-questions by Portuguese-Brazilian kids”.

2009, February Glow in Asia VII, University of Hyderabad, India.

Talk:  “Left Periphery and variation - BP vs. EP”.

2010, October        RALFe 2010 - Rencontres d’Automne de Linguistique Formelle: Langage, Langues et Cognition, Université de Paris 8, CNRS Paris.

Talk: “Complementation, tense valuation and phases”

2010, December   International Workshop on Natural Language Understanding IDSS’10. Under the framework of the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Apllications, ISDA’10. University of Cairo, Egypt.

Talk: “Word order, complementation and tense”