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Pilar Chamorro Fernández

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Associate Professor
Co-Graduate Coordinator

Pilar Chamorro's research focuses on the semantic and pragmatic contribution of temporal, aspectual, and modal expressions across languages. She is also interested in the semantics of plurals, the mass/count distinction, and quantification. She has done fieldwork on Spanish, Galician and Portuguese (Romance) since 2007, and on Malayalam (Dravidian) since 2013. Since 2015, she has been doing fieldwork  on Tenetehára (Tupi-Guarani) in Brazil. She is also involved in the documentation and preservation of endangered languages of Brazil as a member of the Laboratório de Línguas Indígenas (LALI) at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.

Specific Research Areas:

Semantics, Pragmatics, Romance languages, Tenetehára


2017 – 2018. UGA-FAPEMIG Seed Grant; Project: Language Documentation and Cultural and Linguistic Cooperation with the Tenetehára Communities, with Fábio B. Duarte, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil.

Selected Publications:

Chamorro, Pilar and Fábio B. Duarte. 2020. On the Semantic Properties of Mass and Count Nouns in Tenetehára. Journal of Linguistic Variation, 20(2). 366 – 381.

Chamorro, Pilar. 2020. Past temporal reference and remoteness distinctions in Guajajára. International Journal of American Linguistics 86(3). 331 – 365.

Fernández, Pilar C. and Lindsey Antonini. 2017. Quantification in Malayalam. In Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Languages. Eds. Edward Keenan and Denis Paperno. Switzerland: Springer, vol. II, 453 – 515.

Amengual, Mark and Pilar Chamorro. 2015. The effects of language dominance in the perception and production of the Galician mid vowel contrasts. Phonetica 72(4). 207 – 236.

Awards and Special Recognitions:

2017. Phonetica: International Journal of Phonetic Science Top Cited Paper Impact Factor Award to Mark Amengual and Pilar Chamorro. 2015. The effects of language dominance in the perception and production of the Galician mid vowel contrasts. Phonetica, 72(4), 207 – 236.

Events featuring Pilar Chamorro Fernández
Miller Learning Center Room 245

Dr. Pilar Chamorro will be presenting “Temporal reference and remoteness distinctions in Guajajára.”

Zell B. Miller Learning Center Rm 248

Dr. Pilar Chamorro will be presenting a talk as part of the 27th Annual Conference on the Americas and the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032.

Articles Featuring Pilar Chamorro Fernández

We are excited to announce our first series of events related to the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032, a global initiative to emphasize the value…

Assistant Professor of Linguistics Professor, Dr. Pilar Chamorro, taught a course titled: "Linguistic Fieldwork and Amazonian Languages" at University of Santiago de Compostela May 20 - 21, 2019.

Dr. Pilar Chamorro has received the Top Cited Paper Impact Factor 2017 award in Phonetica: International Journal of Phonetic Science. This award is for her paper entitled: 'The Effects of Language Dominance in the…

Dr. Chamorro spent time this summer collecting data to investigate temporal reference in Tenetehára. She found that the language has a ‘graded past tense system’ with three degrees of remoteness and an evidentiality system that conflates temporal and…

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