Controlo e infinitivos flexionados em português L2

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It is known that knowledge of the interpretative properties of the standard inflected infinitive develops late both in L1 and L2 acquisition, and that subject control with most verbs is acquired early in L1. In this study we focus on a context which has not been addressed so far, and investigate how the interpretation of the null subjects of inflected infinitival complements of subject control verbs develops in the interlanguage of Englishand Spanish-speaking learners of L2 European Portuguese. We applied a selection task to intermediate and advanced learners in order to understand whether they differentiate between inflected and uninflected infinitives in these contexts and whether they assign control properties to the inflected infinitive. Our findings show that, although learners accept the occurrence of inflected infinitives with subject control verbs and assign a controlled reading to the infinitival null subject, knowledge of some of the properties of these constructions is delayed, namely, which verbs allow inflected infinitives and what are the interpretative properties of inflected infinitival subjects under different control verbs.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)176-190
Number of pages15
JournalRevista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventXXXV Encontro Nacional da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística - Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
Duration: 9 Oct 201911 Oct 2019


  • Control
  • Inflected infinitive
  • Null Subjects
  • L2 European Potuguese
  • Controlo
  • infinitivo Flexionado
  • Sujeitos Nulos
  • Português Europeu L2

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