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Department of Linguistics

Tracey Carro Noya


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Tracey Carro Noya
Thesis title:
The expression of Tense-Aspect-Mood in Tomárãho
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PhD Research

For her PhD Tracey is working on the Tomárãho variety of Chamacoco, a Zamucoan language spoken in the Paraguayan Chaco. The Tomárãho were known among anthropologists for their rich and complex system of mythological and cultural representations, which shaped their identity and social organization. Their language, however, remains underdescribed. Tracey's aim is to initiate a documentation of the language in collaboration with the Tomárâho community. She spent the year 2011-2012 on fieldwork in Paraguay, where she recorded several traditional and mythological narratives, children’s stories, and personal histories, as well as different descriptions of traditional practices and accounts of changes in the community’s lifestyle and values. During her time in Paraguay, Tracey had the opportunity to collaborate in the production of the Atybicha Akylio Bebyrpe (Tomárãho Cultural Dictionary), which was already taking shape under the coordination of Tomárãho community member Rodolfo Nuhwyt Fretes and Paraguayan researcher Guillermo Sequera. The dictionary will now be published after a successful crowd-sourced fundraising initiative (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1897292046/tomaraho-cultural-dictionary).

Tracey is currently working on the analysis of linguistic data obtained during her fieldwork and on writing her thesis, which will examine some aspects of the verbal morphosyntax of Tomárãho, with a particular focus on the expression of TAM values in the language.


Tracey completed a BA in English Philology at the University of A Coruña (Spain). She first heard about endangered languages whilst undertaking postgraduate studies in General Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. This led her to SOAS, where she did the MA in Language Documentation and Description, with funding from the Fundación Caixa Galicia.

PhD Conferences

  • 22 January 2013. The expression of Tense-Aspect-Mood in Tomárãho, SOAS, Department of Linguistics PhD Seminar
  • 14-15 June 2013 La expresión de tiempo y aspecto en la variedad tomárãho del chamacoco, Italo-Americana IV Convegno, Scuola Normale Superiore, Cortona, Italy.