Interpretação de pronomes sujeito anafóricos e catafóricos por falantes de português L2: efeitos da língua materna

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This paper investigates the interpretation preferences for null and overt subject pronouns in anaphoric and cataphoric contexts in L2 Portuguese and, specifically, whether: i) the L1 of the participants (Italian and German)
influences their interpretation; ii) there is evidence of development; iii) there are differences determined by pronoun type and context. The results of a picture selection task administered to the L2 groups and a group of L1
adults show that the distinction between null and overt subjects is established early; learners distinguish anaphoric and cataphoric contexts and their performance may be influenced by processing constraints; there is so
me development from beginner to advanced level, visible in the Italian group mainly for overt pronouns; and the proximity of the L1 appears to facilitate L2 acquisition.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)135-153
Number of pages18
JournalRevista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventXXXII Encontro Nacional da APL -
Duration: 19 Oct 201621 Oct 2016


  • L2
  • Portuguese
  • Subject pronoun
  • Anaphora resolution
  • Português
  • Pronome sujeito
  • resolução de anáfora

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