The Portuguese inflected infinitive across varieties

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the properties and distribution of the inflected infinitive in different varieties of Portuguese, both from a diachronic and a synchronic perspective. Considering the development of the inflected infinitive from the 12th century up to the present, we argue that there are three types of inflected infinitives in Portuguese, which differ in their degree of finiteness, ranging from a form that exhibits similar characteristics to finite verb forms to a form which behaves like an uninflected infinitive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies on Variation and Change in Varieties of Portuguese.
EditorsPilar Barbosa, Maria da Conceição Paiva, Celeste Rodrigues
Place of PublicationAmsterdam/Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages279-299
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789027258137
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • finiteness
  • syntax
  • control verbs
  • inflected infinitives
  • Portuguese
  • Diachrony
  • synchrony

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