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Semi-insubordinate constructions in Brazilian Portuguese: a synchronic analysis

Grant number: 18/24459-6
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:Eder Cavalcanti Coimbra
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:18/07733-7 - Semi-insubordinate constructions in Brazilian Portuguese: a synchronic analysis, BP.IC


Evans (2007) defines insubordination as the independent use of subordinate clauses, without a main clause to which it relates syntactically. A semi-insubordinate construction, on the other hand, is defined by Van Linden and Van de Velde (2013) as a structure formed by a clause with typical marks of subordination preceded by a non-clausal element, to which it is syntactically related in a similar way to subordination. It is proposed in this project to collect real utterances formed by a preceding element followed by a que-clause from Corpus do Português (Davies and Michael, 2006) and to apply tests to it, following Sansiñena's (2015) methods, in order to verify which elements constitute semi-insubordinate constructions in Brazilian Portuguese and what are the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic relevant characteristics of such constructions. It is expected from the Research Internship Abroad to provide academic growth to the intern and improve the quality of this work and future ones, benefitting from the supervision of Prof. Dr. Renata Enghels, a specialist in constructional grammar and contrastive linguistics, concerning Portuguese among other romance languages, as well as from distinct classes, study groups, academic events and the international experience as a whole. Furthermore, being in Ghent would enable opportunities to contact directly some researchers whose works are references to this project, such as Maria Sol Sansiñena Pascual (KULEUVEN) and Pedro Gras (UAntwerpen). (AU)

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