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Portuguese Relative Clauses in Synchrony and Diachrony$
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Adriana Cardoso

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198723783.001.0001

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(p.310) 5 Conclusion
Portuguese Relative Clauses in Synchrony and Diachrony

Adriana Cardoso

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 outlines the main findings of the book. It summarizes the three studies offered in the book and suggests some lines that are worth exploring in future research. It also presents some final remarks on the methodology adopted and on the articulation of the different changes investigated. In this respect, it is shown that comparative syntax has provided precious insights into the diachrony of Portuguese and that the changes investigated in the book might be integrated in a cluster of phenomena changing at the same time in the history of Portuguese. Concretely, it is proposed that the loss of middle scrambling originates in a series of changes whose major superficial effect is the reduction of the word-order patterns available in Portuguese.

Keywords:   relative clauses, word order, middle scrambling, comparative syntax, diachrony of Portuguese

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