Vera Ferreira

Short Bio

After taking the licentiate degree in English and German Studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal, 1999) and getting an M.A. degree in General Linguistics and Linguistic Typology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich (Germany, 2000),  Ferreira started her PhD in General Linguistics at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University and specialized in Language Documentation and endangered languages in Europe. 

Since 2007, Ferreira gives courses on Language Documentation and endangered languages at the Institute for General Linguistics and Language Typology (Ludwig-Maximilian-University) in Munich. In one of these courses, she developed a multimedia dictionary of Bavarian. From 2008 to 2012, she was responsible for the documentation of Minderico within the DoBeS project financed by the Volkswagen Foundation at the University of Regensburg.

Current Work at CIDLeS

Vera Ferreira is the president of CIDLeS and head of its Language Documentation and Language Typology group. She is involved in several projects focusing on the documentation and study of minority/endangered languages in Europe. She holds seminars and workshops on language documentation, fieldwork, endangered languages and language typology. Ferreira works also together with the researchers of the Language Revitalization group of CIDLeS, being engaged in several activities aiming at the revitalization of Minderico. She is one of the Portuguese delegates of the COST Action "New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges" (IS1306).

Projects as principal investigator:

  • 2015-2016: "Documenting Fala" financed by Foundation for Endangered Languages
  • 2013-2015: "Documenting Fala – a minority language in Spanish Extremadura" financed by Endangered Language Fund
  • 2011-2015: "Multimedia Bilingual Dictionary of Minderico" financed by ADIRN
  • 2013: "WordByWord – Aprender Minderico: A multimedia software for learning Minderico vocabulary" financed by the Foundation for Endangered Languages



Recent publications

Ferreira, Vera 2016. The importance of new technologies in the revitalization of Minderico. In Justyna Olko, Tomasz Wicherkiewicz & Robert Borges (eds.). Integral Strategies for Language Revitalization. Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 565-580.

Ferreira, Vera & Peter Bouda 2016 (ed.). Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

Ferreira, Vera 2016. New speakers of Minderico: Dynamics and tensions in the revitalization process. In Vera Ferreira & Peter Bouda (eds.). Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe. 26-37. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

Ferreira, Vera, Ilona Schulze, Paulo Carvalho Vicente & Peter Bouda 2015. Dicionário Bilingue Piação - Português. Minde: CIDLeS.

Vicente, Francisco Carvalho, Paulo Carvalho Vicente & Vera Ferreira 2015. Candidates's communication strategies in two televised debates during the 2011 Portuguese presidental campaign: a political-linguistic approach. Revista Portuguesa de Ciência Política 5, 183-200.

Bouda, Peter, Vera Ferreira & António Lopes 2012. Poio API - An annotation framework to bridge Language Documentation and Natural Language Processing. In Francesco Mambrini, Marco Passarotti & Caroline Sporleder (eds.). Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities. Lisboa: Edições Colibri, 15-26.

Ferreira, Vera 2011. Eine Dokumentationslinguistische Beschreibung des Minderico. In: Endruschat & Ferreira (Hrsg.), 149-176.

Endruschat, Annette & Vera Ferreira (Hrsg.) 2011. Sprachdokumentation und Korpuslinguistik – Forschungsstand und Anwendung. Akten des 8. Deutschen Lusitanistentages. München: Martin Meidenbauer.

Ferreira, Vera, Francisco Vicente & Paulo Vicente 2010. O que sabemos da Europa? As eleições europeias e os debates televisivos em Portugal (2009): uma abordagem linguístico-política. In Augusto Soares da Silva, José Cândido Martins, Luísa Magalhães & Miguel Gonçalves (org.). Comunicação, Cognição e Media. Braga: Faculdade de Filosofia da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 589-603.

Ferreira, Vera & Peter Bouda 2009. Minderico: An endangered language in Portugal. In Peter K. Austin, Oliver Bond, Monik Charette, David Nathan & Peter Sells (eds.). Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 2. London: SOAS, 95-106.