Ana Vilacy Galucio

Ana Vilacy Galucio: Linguist, researcher at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi / MCTIC, works in the area of ​​documentation, description and analysis of indigenous languages. She is a professor in the Graduate Program in Sociocultural Diversity (PPGDS / MPEG) and in the Postgraduate Program in Letters (PPGL / UFPA), directing Master’s and PhD students.

Anari Braz Bomfim

Anari belongs to the Pataxó ethnic group and is a member of the Pataxó – Atxohã Research Group. After a Master’s Degree in Ethnic and African Studies at the Federal University of Bahia (2012), she is currently a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Between 2010 – 2012 she participated as a researcher in the Program of the Observatory of Indigenous School Education of Bahia – Núcleo Yby Yara. Anari has experience in the areas of indigenous school education, policies for indigenous education, indigenous languages, production of pedagogical materials for indigenous schools. She works mainly in the following subjects: rescue or revitalization of the Patxohã language, identity and linguistic policies.

Arianna Berardi-Wiltshire

Arianna Berardi-Wiltshire, PhD is a senior lecturer in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her primary area of research is heritage and minority language education and revitalisation, with her most recent study exploring the language maintenance efforts of NZ migrant families with young children from a Family Language Policy perspective. Outside the NZ context, Dr Berardi-Wiltshire is involved in a Brazil-based collaborative project aimed at the establishment of an indigenous language preschool centre for the Kaingang community in southern Brazil.


Bruna Franchetto

Bruna Franchetto is a 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 Kuikuro and other varieties of the Upper Xingu Carib Language (Southern Amazonia). At the Museu do Índio (FUNI, Rio de Janeiro), she is the scientific coordinator of ProDoclin (Program for the Documentation of Indigenous Languages) since 2009. Her broader interests include: translation (from and to indigenous languages), ethnopoetics, genesis and impact of writing and literacy in native languages, multilingualism and linguistic ideologies, the relation between language and music in songs and chanted speech, verbal arts and gender. Current projects include the final stages of development of a broad descriptive grammar and an encyclopedic dictionary of Kuikuro. Since 2014, she is responsible for collaborative projects on the revitalization of Guató (isolate), Yawanawa (Pano), and Patxohã (Macro Jê). She also coordinates the Center for Linguistic Research (Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology, National Museum, UFRJ) and the Group of Studies in Linguistics and Anthropology (CNPq):

Fábia Fulni-ô

Fabia holds a degree in Letters from the Federal University of Alagoas (2008), a Masters in Linguistics from the Graduate Program in Letters and Linguistics / UFAL (2011) and a PhD in Linguistics from the Graduate Program in Letters and Linguistics / UFAL. She has experience in the area of Linguistics, working with the description, analysis and documentation of Brazilian indigenous languages, with special attention to Yaathe (Fulni-ô), which is the  language spoken by the Fulni-ô indigenous group to which she belongs. She is currently an Assistant Professor I at UFAL – Campus do Sertão. In the field of Linguistics, her main interest is for studies in Phonology and Morphology, with the objective of applying the knowledge acquired in the systematization of a revised orthography for Yaathe, which can be used in teaching the language in the village schools.

Luiz Amaral

Luiz Amaral holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from Ohio State University, a Master’s Degree in Language Science from PUC-Rio and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). He is an associate professor in the Hispanic Linguistics program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-director of the Language Acquisition Research Center – LARC,  at the same institution and research associate with the Linguistics Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His current research focuses on two areas: (i) bilingual acquisition with a focus on second language and (ii) revitalization, learning and teaching of Brazilian and Mexican indigenous languages. For more information, see the website:

Marcia Nascimento Kaingang

She is a linguist, postdoctoral researcher at UFRJ with a CNPq scholarship and develops a project in the area of ​​revitalization of indigenous languages, with emphasis on the methods of intergenerational transmission of language and culture. She coordinates the project Kanhgág vĩ mré ẽg jykre pẽ jagfe “Kaingang language and culture nest” which is being developed in the Nonoai Indigenous Land community since 2016. Marcia was born and raised in TI Nonoai and has Kaingang as her first language.

Marcus Maia

MARCUS MAIA holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California – USC, (1994). He completed postdoctoral studies in the area of ​​Language Processing as a visiting researcher at the City University of New York – CUNY (2003-2004). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Spanish and Portuguese Department and at the Language Acquisition Research Center of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the first semester of 2012 and at the Department of Linguistics at Massey University, New Zealand, in the second semester of 2017. He is currently Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics and at the Graduate Program in Linguistics of the College of Letters of UFRJ. He is a Research Fellow, level 1C (CNPq) and was a Scientist of Our State (FAPERJ, 2015-2018). Founding member of the National Science Network for Education. He founded and coordinates the Laboratory of Experimental Psycholinguistics (LAPEX ). He works in the areas of Psycholinguistics, Theory and Linguistic Analysis and Brazilian Indigenous Languages, developing research on syntax and lexical processing, experimental syntax, Theory of Grammar, educational psycholinguistics, indigenous languages, indigenous education ​​and language revitalization.

Mari Ropata Te Hei

Mari Ropata-Te Hei is a senior lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator in Initial Teacher Education Programmes Te Aho Tātairangi – Bachelor of Teaching & Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori,  and Te  Aho Paerewa – Post-graduate Diploma Māori Medium Teaching at School of Māori Knowledge-Te Pūtahi a Toi, Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Her research focusses on using traditional Māori art forms as a  visual transformator of Māori knowledge within contemporary educational spaces, and as a framework for community and collaborative interaction.     Mari  also works within her own community developing and delivering traditional Māori language art forms to elevate both formal and informal cultural practices. Such practices include the role of Māori women in the art of the rituals of encounter. Mari has a particular interest in the education of Māori children within total immerson  Māori environments, practicing the philosophy of Te Aho Matua, the only education philosophy to come out of New Zealand, that encapsulates Māori epistemologies.

Miguel Oliveira Jr.

Miguel Oliveira Jr (UFAL / CNPq) holds a PhD in Linguistics from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). He worked as an associate researcher at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense, Denmark), at the Institute for Computational and Theoretical Linguistics, ILTEC (Lisbon, Portugal), at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, MPI (Leipzig, Germany), and at the University of St Andrews (St Andrews, Scotland, UK). He was a visiting researcher at the Electronic Research Laboratory (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA) and a visiting professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, California. He mainly works in the following areas: prosody, experimental phonetics, psycholinguistics and linguistic documentation.

Sally Akevai Nicholas

Dr Sally Akevai Nicholas is a lecturer in Linguistics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focusses on the description, documentation, and revitalisation of her ancestral language; Cook Islands Māori. She also works on matters of linguistic justice, and language revitalisation more broadly. Ake has a particular interest in how young people can be encouraged to learn and use their ancestral languages.

Suzi Lima

Suzi Lima holds a BA and an MA in Linguistics from the University of São Paulo and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Suzi Lima’s work integrates theoretical and experimental research and focuses on Brazilian Indigenous languages. Her areas of specialization are semantics and psycholinguistics, with an emphasis on language acquisition. Over the last 12 years, Suzi Lima has been directly involved in large-scale, community-collaborative documentation projects. A significant part of her work with indigenous communities has been the development of language materials for indigenous schools in Brazil, as well as training of indigenous researchers on language documentation methodology. 

Suzi Lima is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

Te Rina Warren

Te Rina is a mother of Kohanga Reo (Māori Language Nests – preschool), Kura Kaupapa Maori & Wharekura (Māori Language Primary & Secondary School) who is currently a senior lecturer at Te Putahi a Toi (Maori Studies) at Massey University and teaches in the area of Maori education.  She teaches pangarau (mathematics) in the Maori Immersion teaching degree Te Aho Tatairangi, and the politics of Maori education courses in mainstream programs that explore the history of education in Aotearoa & the influence of protest, advocacy & resistance in Maori education. Te Rina’s research interests center on Maori development in general and range from te reo Maori revitalisation, Maori education & pedagogy, to iwi development, environmental kaitiakitanga & Māori digital spaces. Te Rina is a member of Te Atakura Society for Conscientisation who work on Treaty education, she is actively involved in a number of iwi development initiatives for her people, and has presented to the Waitangi Tribunal (National Tribunal investigating breaches of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi) on various issues.