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Semi-insubordinate constructions in Brazilian Portuguese: a synchronic analysis

Grant number: 18/07733-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2018
Effective date (End): December 29, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Flavia Bezerra de Menezes Hirata Vale
Grantee:Eder Cavalcanti Coimbra
Host Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/24459-6 - Semi-insubordinate constructions in Brazilian Portuguese: a synchronic analysis, BE.EP.IC


This project is a proposal of a synchronic functional analysis of semi-insubordinate constructions in Brazilian Portuguese. The notion of semi-insubordination arises in consonance with that of insubordination, which defines subordinate constructions employed independently, without a main clause to which it relates syntactically. A semi-insubordinate construction, on the other hand, is formed by a clause with typical marks of subordination preceded by a non-clause element to which it is syntactically related in a similar way to subordination. Literature attests to the existence of semi-insubordinate constructions in other languages and presents some characteristics that allow to distinguish them from similar structures. In this project, the first on this approach, it is proposed to collect real occurrences of utterances formed by a preceding element followed by a que-clause and to apply tests to it in order to verify which elements constitute semi-insubordinate constructions in Brazilian Portuguese, form yet to be described in that language. (AU)

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