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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory$
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Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.001.0001

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Syntactic change as chain reaction: the emergence of hyper‐raising in Brazilian Portuguese

Syntactic change as chain reaction: the emergence of hyper‐raising in Brazilian Portuguese

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(p.144) 9 Syntactic change as chain reaction: the emergence of hyper‐raising in Brazilian Portuguese
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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory
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Ana Maria Martins

Jairo Nunes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0009

This chapter discusses the emergence of hyper‐raising constructions in Brazilian Portuguese (BP). Assuming Dresher's (1999) cue‐based approach to language acquisition, it argues that the loss of Romance‐type pro‐drop in BP prompted a chain reaction that led to a reanalysis of finite Ts as optional Case‐assigners/checkers (Ferreira 2000) and, therefore, to the incorporation of hyper‐raising structures into the grammar.

Keywords:   hyper‐raising, null subjects, pro‐drop, Brazilian Portuguese, syntactic change

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