On Mood & Modality in Portuguese (course 3)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Course lectured within the Lisbon Summer School in Linguistics 2019 programme. On Mood & Modality in Portuguese Abstract: This course explores mood and modality through the presentation and discussion of theoretical, descriptive and diachronic proposals, as well as of some methodological issues. It will be organised as follows (but note that the various parts are interrelated): 1. Distinction between mood and modality; discussion of distinct typologies of modality; mood and modality markers in (contemporary) Portuguese. 2. Forms / constructions expressing modal values in Portuguese past stages (medieval period): epistemic / non epistemic; relevance of the ‘lexical / grammatical’ distinction. 3. How to identify (in order to describe and explain) modal markers? – Discussion of methodological issues: examples versus attestations; selection of sources and retrieving of data for diachronic studies (originals, copies, Latin / medieval Portuguese translations).
Period1 Jul 20195 Jul 2019
Event titleLisbon Summer School in Linguistics 2019 - PhD Programme Knowledge, Representation and Use
Event typeConference
LocationLisboa, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • mood
  • modality
  • portuguese language
  • theoretical, descriptive and diachronic proposals