Advanced Topics in Linguistics


By the end of the semester students should be able to:
Relate, within a complementary perspective, description proposals of various linguistic domains.
Understand the complementarity of different linguistic approaches as a contribution for a deeper knowledge of human languages.
Identify distinctive features of Portuguese, relating these features to the language diachronic paths, in contrast with other Romance and non-Romance languages.
Master bibliographical search strategies, reading and analyses practices of scientific texts within the scope of the course’s contents.
Assemble and structure information related to the course’s contents and to organize a portfolio.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Teresa Leitão Brocardo


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Brocardo, M. T. / Caetano, M. C. (2014) Que papel para a irregularidade (morfológica)? Algumas notas sobre ir a partir de dados do CIPM e do DVPM. In Fiéis, A. / Madeira, A. / Lobo, M. (eds.). O Universal e o Particular: uma Vida a Comparar. Homenagem a Maria Francisca Xavier. Lisboa: Colibri, pp. 79-89.
Campos, M. H. (2001) Enunciação mediatizada e operações cognitivas. In Silva, A.S. (org) Linguagem e Cognição. A Perspetiva da Linguística Cognitiva. Braga: APL/UCP, pp. 325-340.
Herce, B. (2019) Deconstructing (ir)regularity. Studies in Language 43(1), pp. 44–91.
Juge, M. L. (2019) The Sense that Suppletion Makes: Towards a Semantic Typology on Diachronic Principles. Transactions of the Philological Society 117(3), pp. 390–414.
Van der Auwera, J. et al. (eds.) (2012) Irregularity in Morphology (and Beyond). Berlin: Akademia Verlag.
Oliveira, T. (2015) Between evidentiality and epistemic modality. Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 29, pp. 101-122.

Teaching method

Class sessions include both theoretical and practical components. Regular attendance is strongly advised as well as the students’ participation in course sessions and their development of autonomous work. 

Evaluation method

Writing and presentation of a portfolio (during the semester)(50%), written test (50%)

Subject matter

1. The concept of irregularity – general descriptive and theoretical framing
Sources and persistence of irregularity – diachronic perspectives.
Suppletion – sources, persistence, morphological and non-morphological factors.
Other types of irregularity – syncretism, deponency
Case studies: irregularity in verbal paradigms.
2. Deformability and stability of linguistic forms and constructions – general descriptive and theoretical framing.
Tenses and moods: semantic interactions and dependencies.
Case studies: light verbs, (full) epistemic verbs; sensory verbs.
3. Non-modular perspectives
Case studies – combination of factors from various linguistic levels in the functioning of verb forms and constructions.


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