Portuguese Linguistics


During the course, students should:
Enlarge their explicit knowledge of the Portuguese language;
master main linguistic analysis concepts;
identify specific features of Portuguese (phonological, morphological, syntactic,
be acquainted with adequate descriptive methods;
broadly characterize diverse contexts of use of Portuguese around the world;
identify the language’s unifying and variable features and relate the latter to
historical, geographic and social factors.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Fernandes Homem de Sousa Lobo Gonçalves


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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Calouste Gulbenkian.
Wetzels, L., S. Menuzzi and J. Costa (eds.) (2016) The Handbook of Portuguese
Linguistics. Malden USA / Oxford UK, Wiley Blackwell.

Teaching method

The course takes place in a virtual learning environment with asynchronous
contact. It is organized in weekly learning modules. Each module is mainly
supported by a class video. Other tools and resources include written
complementary documents, specific bibliography and activities for autonomous
work and evaluation. All the re resources are accessible trough a dedicated
Moodle page. Interaction between students and teachers takes place using
Moodle tools, discussion forums and by email.

Evaluation method

Activities (6) developed during the semester(55%), final written essay(30%), participation in discussion forums(15%)

Subject matter

1. Introduction
The Portuguese language around the world – distinct spaces and uses of
Portuguese: varieties, dialects and norms; native and non-native language;
unilingual versus multilingual contexts; contact with other languages.
Short historical perspective.
2. Speech and writing
Main phonological features and processes; orthographic issues.
3. Morphology
Noun and verb inflexion – inflectional classes and processes; word formation –
morphological categories and derivation processes.
4. Syntax and semantics
Syntactic categories / word classes; sentence structure and syntactic functions;
coordination and subordination; nominal expressions, meaning and reference;
verb forms / constructions – tense, aspect and modality; verbal and nonverbal
3. Contemporary Portuguese – unifying and variable features.


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