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Complement clauses of Portuguese under a cognitive-functional approach

Grant number: 16/01839-2
Support Opportunities: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 Investigator: Augusto Soares da Silva
Host 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
Research place: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Braga (UCP), Portugal  


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)

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