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Study of augmentative and diminutive forms in archaic Portuguese

Grant number: 09/12181-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2010
Effective date (End): February 29, 2012
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Historical Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Gladis Massini-Cagliari
Grantee:Thais Holanda de Abreu-Zorzi
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil


This project aims to study augmentative and diminutive words in Archaic Portuguese (AP), through the observation of prosodic phenomena produced by morphophonological process of grade suffixes attachment: -inno and its variations for the diminutive, and -on(a), for the augmentative, in the Galician Portuguese, 13th century. Through this research we intend to discuss the question of prosodic status of augmentative and diminutive forms in AP as simple forms (one main lexical stress) or compounds (two lexical stresses). Thus the mapping and the analysis of prosodic phenomena in AP aim to contribute to a more general description of the phonological component of the language in that moment of the Portuguese origin. (AU)

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