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If-Insubordinate conditional constructions in Portuguese: a diachronic analysis

Grant number: 18/24455-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 04, 2019
Effective date (End): June 03, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Flavia Bezerra de Menezes Hirata Vale
Grantee:Maria Carolina Coradini
Supervisor: Renata Enghels
Host Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Ghent University (UGent), Belgium  
Associated to the scholarship:18/07734-3 - Insubordinate conditional constructions with "if" in Brazilian Portuguese: a diachronic analysis, BP.IC


This work aims to verify the insubordination trajectory (EVANS, 2007) of insubordinate conditional constructions with if in Portuguese and to attest the language change through the centuries, exploring the use motivations of speakers (DEUTSCHER, 2014). The insubordinate constructions present some subordinate marks, but work unlinked of a main clause. Although these constructions are frequently used, they have not been fully described. Thus, it is expected to attest the constitution process of these constructions on a diachronic perspective in Portuguese, which has not been adopted yet in this language. For this, historical occurrences will be extracted from a corpus from the 1500s to the 2000s and will be described and analyzed based on previous works (GRAS, 2011; VAN LINDEN E VAN DE VELDE, 2013; D'HERTEFELT E VERSTRAETE, 2013; SANSIÑENA, 2015) and resources of Construction Grammar. It is expected that the accomplishment of the research internship abroad will be very productive for the results of this work, once it will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Renata Enghels, specialist in Contrastive Linguistics, especially in romance languages, and Construction Grammar, in Ghent University, Belgium. The results obtained in this research will serve as reference not only for the treatment of insubordinate constructions in Portuguese, but also for other descriptive works about the phenomenon of insubordination, once the collected data will be discussed with specialists of the subject. It is intended to take this work to study groups and present, congresses and lectures, so that it can be discussed and evaluated. (AU)

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