Começar com começar: leituras sobre as configurações de começarem português europeu contemporâneo

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The main objective of this work is the analysis and description of the values of começar in european Portuguese, in order to explain the differences that can be observed in the various configurations in which it occurs, such as < x começar y >, < começar ADV >, < começar Prep INF>, < começar Prep SN>. We try to identify the principles that generate invariance, in spite of the multiple functions these configurations may be associated with. By doing this, we intend to explain the semantic and enunciative properties of this verb in order to describe and explain its different functions. Therefore, it is suggested that the grammatical constructions containing começar can be addressed using a theoretical-methodological support designated by “Schematic Form”. On this hypothesis, see among others Culioli (1990), Paillard (2000), Correia & Coutinho (2006). The “Schematic Form” represents an invariant structure and, at the same time, it shows the deformability originated by the relationship between the verb and its arguments, or among the arguments themselves. We believe that this hypothesis allows for a better understanding of the functioning of the sequences in which this verb occurs.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages9
JournalRevista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2019
EventXXXIV Encontro Nacional da APL - Lisbon
Duration: 26 Sept 201828 Sept 2018


  • verbo começar
  • tipologias verbais
  • relação predicativa
  • domínio nocional
  • começar (to start/to begin)
  • verbal typologies
  • predicative relation
  • notional domain
  • Schematic Form
  • forma esquemática

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