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Complement clauses of Portuguese under a cognitive-functional approach

Grant number: 16/01839-2
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): August 15, 2016
Effective date (End): February 14, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Gisele Cássia de Sousa
Grantee:Gisele Cássia de Sousa
Host: Augusto Soares da Silva
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Braga (UCP), Portugal  

Abstract

In previous research about complement clauses, we identified three ways in which they can be simplified by transforming the complex sentence into simple sentence: (i) grammaticalization of the matrix verb, which become an adverb; downgrading of the subordinate clause; and reanalysis of the complementizer "que" (that) or "se" (if/whether) as part of matrix verb. This last process forms grammatical markers with different pragmatic values. The aim of this research is to analyze these results under a cognitive-functional approach, by comparing dates of Brazilian and European Portuguese. (AU)