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The behavior of the verb there to be in Pero Gandavo’s text

Author(s): Simone Azevedo Floripi

Journal: Via Litterae
ISSN 2176-6800

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 165;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Grammaticalization | Existential verbs | verbs there to be | verb to have | Linguistic change

In order to discuss the grammaticalization process occurred in earlier periods of Portuguese, this study uses Pero de Magalhaes Gandavo’s text History of the Province of Santa Cruz, dating from 16th century. We showed the possibilities of occurrence of the syntactic elements in relation to the verb position and we present a description of its behavior when the verb there to be is employed in an existential sense in Portuguese. Thus, we aim to map the behavior of arguments of this verb and bring some theoretical discussions about the grammaticalization process, as well as the structural features of existential verbs like the verb there to be and the verb to have.
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