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Vector Semantics and Counterdirectionality in Brazilian Portuguese

Grant number: 17/21110-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2018
Effective date (End): December 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal researcher:Renato Miguel Basso
Grantee:Renato Miguel Basso
Host: Joost Zwarts
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands  


This research project aims to investigate within the formal semantics of natural languages the phenomenon of "contradirectionality" and the semantics of locational and directional prepositional modifiers, as well as temporal adjuncts, using the tools of "space vector semantics". These investigations are intrinsically connected, they deal with topics that have not yet been explored in the analysis of Brazilian Portuguese in the context of formal semantics, and constitute an important contribution to the description of this particular language besides being relevant to a typological perspective which contrasts, for instance, Romance and Germanic languages. At the end of this project, which will be developed at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), under the supervision of prof. Joost Zwarts, we will present other ongoing researches in which we will participate during our research stage.

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RENATO MIGUEL BASSO; THAYSE LETÍCIA FERREIRA. Sobre a estrutura dos PPs locativos no português brasileiro: nome ou parte axial?. DELTA: Documentação de Estudos em Lingüística Teórica e Aplicada, v. 36, n. 1, p. -, 2020.
RENATO MIGUEL BASSO. SOBRE A SEMÂNTICA DE ‘DE VOLTA’: UM EXERCÍCIO EM CONTRADIRECIONALIDADE. Alfa, rev. linguíst. (São José Rio Preto), v. 63, n. 2, p. 397-419, Set. 2019.

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