Language Functioning - 1st semester


Expected learning outcomes:
i) the ability to use the adequate tools for linguistic analysis and description;
ii) the ability to use the adequate terminology for describing grammatical knowledge;
iii) the ability to describe fundamental aspects of the Portuguese language, including phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic aspects;
iv) the ability to apply, in a critical manner, the acquired knowledge to the analysis of new linguistic forms.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandra Fiéis


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Leo Wetzels, Sergio Menuzzi & João Costa (eds.) (2016) The Handbook of Portuguese Linguistics. Wiley Blackwell.
Martins, Ana Maria & Ernestina Carrilho (eds.) (2016) Manual de Linguística Portuguesa. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
Mateus, Maria Helena, Ana Maria Brito, Inês Duarte, Isabel Hub Faria et al. (2003) Gramática da Língua Portuguesa. Lisboa: Caminho.
Raposo, Eduardo Paiva et al (eds) (2013) Gramática do Português. Lisboa: FCG.

Teaching method

The seminars will have both a theoretical and a practical component. The practical work involves the comparative analysis of different grammar descriptions, and data analysis, in such a way as to enable student to draw conclusions, make descriptive generalizations, and develop argumentation skills. The following activities will be proposed: observation and analysis of linguistic data, and problem solving exercises.

Evaluation method

At the end of the unit, a written exam will enable a global evaluation.

Subject matter

1. Grammatical description: theoretical models and tools for analysis
2. The components of the grammar
2.1. Phonetics and Phonology
2.2. Morphosyntax
2.3. Semantics
3. Models of grammatical description in the analysis of forms and structures of Portuguese:
3.1. Argument structure
3.2. Pronominalization
3.3. Concordance
3.4. Basic and derived structures (passives and relatives)


Programs where the course is taught: