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Insubordinate Completive Constructions in Portuguese: form and function

Abstract

The aim of this project is to describe and analyze the uses of insubordinate constructions in Brazilian and European Portuguese, more specifically insubordinate completive constructions, from the theoretical proposals developed particularly by Evans (2007, 2009), Mithun (2008), Gras (2011, 2013), Verstraete, D'Hertefelt, Van Linden (2012), Van Linden e Van de Velde (2014), D'Hertefelt, (2014, 2015), Sansiñena (2015), Schwenter (forth.) among others. Insubordination is the process by which constructions that present any mark of subordination, as completive conjunction that are now used independently without being connected to a main clause. Discursive contexts in which these constructions are used as well as their formal and functional characteristics will be established. This project expects to reach a more systematic treatment of completive constructions in Portuguese, and also to contribute to the typological works that deal with the phenomenon of insubordination, comparing specificallyPortuguese and Spanish constructions (Sansinena, 2015) (AU)