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About the productivity of subject-absent sentences in Brazilian Portuguese

Author(s): Anderson Ulisses S. Nascimento

Journal: Via Litterae
ISSN 2176-6800

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Syntax | Subject-Absent Sentences | Phenomenological Verbs | Grammaticalization. Ergativity

Traditionally, sentences without subject have been addressed categorically exceptional cases as within the Portuguese syntax. It happens that they are in a much larger scale, using both written and spoken, than they do assume the lessons of this tradition of learning Portuguese. This situation occurs, mainly, in Brazilian Portuguese, where such buildings are replaced by definite expansion, thus imparting considerable expansion in the range of possible sentences without subject in this variety of Portuguese language. We intend here to briefly describe the circumstances in which it gives such clausal structure and raise the motivations for such an extension of syntactic possibilities.
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