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Insubordinate adversative conditional constructions: a descriptive analisys in Brazilian Portuguese

Grant number: 18/24523-6
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:Camila Pires Alves
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:17/15225-9 - Adversative insubordinate conditional constructions: a descriptive analysis in Brazilian Portuguese, BP.IC


Recently, there are many studies that deal with a linguistic phenomenon related to the non-prototypical use of complex sentences which is not considered by normative grammar. It is the case of constructions that, although presenting some subordination mark, are used independently without being related to a matrix clause, a phenomenon characterized as "insubordination" (EVANS, 2007 2009). Considering this tendency, this project aims to describe the uses of insubordinate conditional constructions with an adversative value in Brazilian Portuguese, which have not been amply described in this language. For this purpose, the linguistic functionalist perspective will be adopted, following to Evans (2007), Schwenter (2013, 2016), Sansiñema (2015), D' Hertefelt (2015), Gras (2011), theoretical assumptions referring to the insubordination process, and conditional clauses. It is intended to contribute with the fulfilment of a gap concerning conditional constructions' studies in Brazilian Portuguese. The internship in Ghent seems valorous due to Prof. Dr. Renata Enghels theoretical background. She is a renowned specialist in contrastive linguistic, especially in romance languages, and in Construction Grammar, which is vital for the research. In a previous work, similarities were found in the use of insubordinate adversative conditionals in Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish, and we assumed that these constructions may be understood as a regular phenomenon in romance languages, something that could be further explored while in Gent. Furthermore, we hope to contribute to a better treatment of insubordinate adversative conditional constructions in Brazilian Portuguese. (AU)

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