Word Order in Brazilian Portuguese

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Overview

This book is a new contribution to syntactic theory. The reader will find a clear overview of the central facts concerning Brazilian Portuguese (BP) word order, as well as a comparison to the facts in other Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, and French). In relating other Romance languages to BP, the book shows that BP word order has a number of interesting restrictions that set this language clearly apart from the other Romance languages. This volume provides accounts for declaratives and interrogatives found not only in BP but also in the other Romance languages discussed, taking into consideration parametric differences among the languages studied.

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Gláucia V. Silva is Senior Lecturer at Ohio State University, USA.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
1 Word order in Brazilian Portuguese 1
2 Overview of the Minimalist Program 5
3 Analyses before Minimalism 7
4 Minimalist accounts 19
5 Structure of the study 26
2 Basic order in declaratives 29
1 Basic word order 29
2 Adverb position 31
3 Sentential adverbs 51
4 Verb position and other adverbs in Brazilian Portuguese 60
3 Postverbal subjects in Brazilian Portuguese 77
1 Introduction 77
2 The Unaccusative Hypothesis 78
3 Unaccusatives in Brazilian Portuguese 84
4 Verb-subject order in Brazilian Portuguese 92
4 Verb movement in interrogatives 143
1 Introduction 143
2 Interrogatives in Romance: paradigms 144
3 The Wh-Criterion 150
4 Accounts for Spanish: no V-to-C 154
5 Questions raised by V-to-C 160
6 Embedded interrogatives 182
7 Previous studies of Brazilian Portuguese interrogatives 185
Notes 191
References 199
Index 207
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