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Gender and number agreement in passives, nominal predicates and DPs in Brazilian Portuguese

Grant number: 08/00244-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2008
Effective date (End): June 30, 2010
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Jairo Morais Nunes
Grantee:Leonor Simioni
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:06/00965-2 - Generative syntax of Brazilian Portuguese at the dawn of the 21st Century: minimalism and interfaces, AP.TEM


The main aim of this research is to investigate the mechanism(s) underlying the establishment of gender and number agreement inside DPs, under the hypothesis that DP-internal agreement and sentential agreement are two of a kind. The focus of the research will be on data from DP-intenal agreement, predicative structures with a copular verb and also passive structures from Brazilian Portuguese (BP); such structures also display gender and number agreement, allowing a comparison between verbal and nominal domains. BP data are relevant because there is, in some varieties of the language, the possibility of agreement incongruences, apparently as a result of the constituent order. BP data will also be compared to data from other languages, and the possible generalizations will be confronted to existent approaches to agreement. The present research also aims at defining the heads where phi-features are interpretable, as well as investigating the influence of morphology over syntax, and clarifying the role of the definiteness feature for the establishment of agreement on natural languages. (AU)

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SIMIONI, Leonor. Agreement in passive constructions with pre and post-verbal argument and incorporation of bare singular in BP. 2011. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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