ERIC Number: ED030873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Estrutura do Verbo no Portugues Coloquial (Verb Structure in Colloquial Portuguese).
In this study the author uses the techniques of modern descriptive linguistics to analyze various features of the Portuguese verb system. The analysis is based on the colloquial, spontaneous speech of educated natives of Rio de Janeiro and is divided into four chapters: Phonology (pp. 6-29), Morphophonemics (pp. 30-49), Morphology (pp. 50-86), and Verbal Categories (pp. 87-132). The first two chapters provide the background for the chapter on morphology, the nucleus of the paper. In her phonological description the author eliminates two phonomes ("-lh" and "-nh") which occur in earlier analyses (M. Lemle and Mattoso Camera) and presents a new interpretation of certain other features. The chapter on morphophonemics establishes morphophonemes reflecting phonological conditioning of several alternative verb forms, thus simplifying the morphological description. The final chapters describe in detail the verb flexional system and present a classification of verbs according to their grade of irregularity. Verbal categories of mood, time, aspect, person, and number are expressed as a function of the system of categorical oppositions. Since a morpheme may represent more than one category, cases of neutralization are frequent in which one or the other category is null. Cumulative morphemes are postulated when necessary. (JD)
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Morphology (Languages), Morphophonemics, Phonology, Portuguese, Standard Spoken Usage, Structural Analysis, Structural Grammar, Structural Linguistics, Suffixes, Verbs
Author, Rua Paulo Afonso 257, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (U.S. $3.00).
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Identifiers: Brazil (Rio de Janeiro); Portuguese (Brazilian)
Note: Revised version of M.A. Thesis, University of Brasilia, June 1965, entitled "Sistema Flexional do Verbo Portugues"