Marcia Dos Santos

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Marcia Dos Santos
Director of Linguistics Research

Marcia is an experienced linguistic researcher, lecturer and language project coordinator.  After over two decades doing scientific analyses of exotic languages of Amazon and China, Marcia became the first scholar to publish phonological descriptions of some of the of the most remote and unstudied languages of Brazil.  As a field linguist interested in learning not only the language, but the culture and worldview of isolated tribal groups, Marcia, has spent many years actually living in the jungles of the Amazon. Her special areas of interest have been the analysis of deictic systems and phonological aspects of less studied languages.

Because of her expertise in phonology, Marcia has developed orthographies for several unwritten languages, and  has revised several alphabets at the request of Indigenous educators.  Together with David Hamilton and Edson Massamiti, Marcia develop the concept of Uniskript based on seed concepts posited by King Sejon's writing system created for the Korean People in 1426.

Marcia's main contribution was the creation of the patented 4-Questions Technique, a scientific methodology designed to guide linguists in the process of generating icono-featural alphabets. The 4-Questions Technique is potentially applicable to any spoken language, and has successfully generated intuitive, logical and easy to learn alphabets for almost 20 languages during the last 5 years. Some of Marcia`s scientific papers have been published by UFRJ, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , PUCRS, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as in some International Congresses of Linguistics.

Marcia holds a Bachelor in Ethnolinguistics (UofN) and a Masters Degree in Linguistics (UFRO), and is fluent in 6 languages. She is the Head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii.