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The history of o que in Portuguese interrogative clauses: from peripheral to general rule

Grant number: 21/01980-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2021
Effective date (End): February 28, 2023
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Historical Linguistics
Principal researcher:Charlotte Marie Chambelland Galves
Grantee:Vitor Morelli Silva
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This research seeks to investigate the variation between que and o que as interrogative pronouns throughout the history of Portuguese. The objective is to find hypotheses for the entry of o que in Portuguese, as well as to analyze the syntactic and textual contexts in which the structure appears more frequently through time. The corpus of this research is composed of the parsed texts from the Tycho Brahe Parsed Corpus of Historical Portuguese and the Post Scriptum Corpus.

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