O particípio presente no Português Antigo

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This paper describes the behavior of present participles in a corpus of Old Portuguese and it raises some hypotheses concerning their syntactic status, compared to other non-finite forms. Although present participles in contemporary Portuguese no longer exist as verbal forms, in Old Portuguese we could find verbal occurrences of this form. In Old Portuguese, present participles could occur in typical adjectival contexts, while still maintaining verbal properties.
Although there is some overlapping between present participles and gerunds, we argue that the functional structure of present participle clauses is more defective than the functional structure of gerund clauses.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)417-440
Number of pages23
JournalRevista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventXXX Encontro Nacional da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 22 Oct 201424 Oct 2014


  • Present Participle
  • Gerund
  • Old Portuguese
  • Particípio Presente
  • Gerúndio
  • Português Antigo

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