Hallmarks of Portuguese Syntax

Alain Rouveret

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Hallmarks of Portuguese Syntax

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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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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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