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Copular constructions in Karitiana

Grant number: 16/25531-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2017
Effective date (End): January 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Luciana Raccanello Storto
Grantee:Tarcisio Antonio Dias
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The main goal of this research is to provide a syntactic derivation for copular constructions in Karitiana language (Arikém branch, Tupi stock). Storto (2010) suggests that the copula selects a nominalized small clause as a complement from where it extracts its subject. Rocha (2016) argues that the small clauses in Karitiana copular constructions are adverbial, suggesting an adjunct status for them. Having the discussion between both authors as a starting point, we attempt to purpose a unified analysis for the derivation of this constructions. This analysis must consider the different kinds of predication involved in these constructions, and also the status of the element associated to the copular verb. Our research will be developed under the Generative approach, particularly the Principles and Parameters Theory. In order to achieve our goal, the relevant works within the paradigm adopted must be evaluated in order to be included in the theoretical framework that will be used in our analysis of Karitiana copular sentences. (AU)

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DIAS, Tarcisio Antonio. Copular constructions in Karitiana. 2019. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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