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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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Hallmarks of Portuguese Syntax

Hallmarks of Portuguese Syntax

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(p.232) Hallmarks of Portuguese Syntax
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Functional Heads
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Alain Rouveret

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.003.0018

This chapter proposes a unified account of three apparently unrelated phenomena of Portuguese syntax: VP ellipsis, the enclisis of weak personal pronouns in root declarative affirmative tensed clauses, and the aspectual interpretation of the pretérito perfeito composto. These phenomena are traced back to the presence of [tense] on the head v in Portuguese, where the verbal form is argued to be already complete at the v-level.

Keywords:   Portuguese, VP ellipsis, enclisis, personal pronouns, clauses, pretérito perfeito compost

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