Romance Linguistics

Overview

Although over 100 million people on various continents use Portuguese as their major language, the academic community in the United States has almost totally neglected the study of Portuguese linguistics. Romance Linguistics links the formal linguistic study of Portuguese with the social contaxt in which language is used. These studies, which cover a wide range of topics, including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and discourse, comprise some of the best recent work on...

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Overview

Although over 100 million people on various continents use Portuguese as their major language, the academic community in the United States has almost totally neglected the study of Portuguese linguistics. Romance Linguistics links the formal linguistic study of Portuguese with the social contaxt in which language is used. These studies, which cover a wide range of topics, including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and discourse, comprise some of the best recent work on Portuguese.

Many of the chapters challenge parts of widely recognized theoretical models of language, such as Chomsky's, while others support existing theories or linguistic concepts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897892971
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/18/1992
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

DALE A. KOIKE is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas, Austin and is the author of Language and Social Relationships in Brazilian Portuguese: The Pragmatics of Politeness (1992).

DONALDO P. MACEDO is Director of the Graduate Bilingual/ESL Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Sect. I Phonology
Ch. 1 Stress and Rhythm in Brazilian Portuguese 3
Ch. 2 A Spectrographic Analysis of Portuguese Stressed and Unstressed Vowels 31
Sect. II Morphology
Ch. 3 Nomes Aumentativos Denominais em Portugues 45
Ch. 4 Capeverdean Diminutives 53
Sect. III Syntax
Ch. 5 Tense and Binding Theory in Portuguese 67
Ch. 6 [actual symbol not reproducible] Antecedents and Empty Subjects in Brazilian Portuguese 87
Sect. IV Pragmatics
Ch. 7 Topico e Ordern Vocabular 107
Ch. 8 Brazilian Portuguese Directives and a Hierarchy of Strategies for Politeness 121
Sect. V Text and Discourse Analysis
Ch. 9 The Definite Article in Portuguese: A Discourse Oriented Approach 43
Ch. 10 Our December 161
Index 195
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