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The Emergence of the Topicalization Construction in European Portuguese

Grant number: 11/19235-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 15, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Historical Linguistics
Principal researcher:Charlotte Marie Chambelland Galves
Grantee:Aroldo Leal de Andrade
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/06078-9 - Portuguese in time and space: linguistic contact, grammars in competition and parametric change, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):13/24637-8 - Building a comparative analysis of romance Fronting: a case study on the history of French, BE.EP.PD


The project proposes to investigate the emergence of the topicalization construction in European Portuguese, in which the topic is resumed by a null category. In order to do so, it will involve the conduction of a corpus-based quantitative research on plays of Portuguese writers born in the fifteenth century until the twentieth century, which will include the counting of various types of informationally marked expressions and the counting of discursive topics, with the help of the methodology proposed by T. Givón. Moreover, we will adopt I. Roberts's theory of syntactic change, which conforms to the Principles and Parameters Theory, accrued by studies on the syntax - information structure interface. The main scientific challenge which to be addressed consists in the attainment of a proposal for the relationship between pragmatic values and syntactic expressions, which makes possible to explain the change in the use of different types of informationally marked expressions in the history of European Portuguese. The main contribution to be offered by this research concerns the understanding of this singular feature of the Portuguese language when compared to other Romance languages, devoid of that construction, including a possible understanding for its existence in Brazilian Portuguese. Apart from that, it opens the opportunity to assess the existing proposals for the derivation of this construction on the basis of diachronic clues.

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DE ANDRADE, AROLDO. A special type of left dislocation in Galician and Portuguese: the D-construction. ESTUDOS DE LINGUISTICA GALEGA, n. SI, p. 81-105, . (12/06078-9, 11/19235-2)

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