Second Language Acquisition

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This chapter presents a brief overview of some of the research issues and topics which have been the object of current research on the acquisition of European Portuguese (EP) and Brazilian Portuguese (BP) as a second language (L2). It first provides a brief introduction to some of the research questions which have dominated recent L2 acquisition research. The chapter then reviews studies on L2 Portuguese. It concentrates on five topics which have received some attention in recent literature: pronominal clitic and null objects, inflected infinitives, aspect, verb movement, and pronominal subjects. The recent literature on the acquisition of Portuguese has also revealed a growing interest in heritage language and third language (L3) acquisition, following a trend which has been observed for other languages. It concludes with a brief balance of what these studies have taught us and of the questions which they raise for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Portuguese Linguistics
EditorsW. Leo Wetzels, Sergio Menuzzi, João Costa
Place of PublicationMalden, MA / Oxford
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-79195-0
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameBlackwell Handbooks in Linguistics


  • Clitics
  • Grammatical aspect
  • Inflected infinitive
  • Language acquisition
  • Null objects
  • Null subjects
  • Second language
  • Verb movement
  • VP-ellipsis


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