Grammaticalization in Brazilian Portuguese

Mário Eduardo T. Martelotta and Maria Maura Cezario

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Grammaticalization in Brazilian Portuguese

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This article aims to present a broad view of grammaticalisation phenomena in Brazilian Portuguese language. It provides a concise analysis of a number of different clines of grammaticalization, focusing on the development of pronouns, auxiliaries, and connectives. The theoretical framework used in these studies follows the proposals presented in recent work on grammaticalization that highlight the intersection between grammaticalization theory and construction grammar. Two major mechanisms usually associated with grammaticalisation are metaphorisation and metonymisation.

Keywords: Brazilian Portuguese language; grammaticalisation; pronouns; auxiliaries; connectives; construction grammar; metaphorisation; metonymisation

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Language Families

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