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Portuguese Relative Clauses in Synchrony and Diachrony
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Portuguese Relative Clauses in Synchrony and Diachrony

Adriana Cardoso


This book sheds light on language variation and change from a generative syntactic perspective, based on a case study of relative clauses in Portuguese and other languages. Concretely, it offers a comparative account of three linguistic phenomena documented in the synchrony and diachrony of Portuguese: remnant-internal relativization, extraposition of restrictive relatives, and appositive relativization. The research methodology adopted involves comparative syntax, both in the diachronic and the synchronic dimensions: Contemporary European Portuguese is systematically compared with earlier sta ... More

Keywords: variation, change, generative grammar, relative clauses, extraposition, nominal discontinuity, Portuguese, Romance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723783
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198723783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adriana Cardoso, author
Researcher, University of Lisbon