Portuguese: A Linguistic Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 13, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 334 pages
This accessible book provides a comprehensive introduction to the linguistic structure of Portuguese. Clearly organised, it covers the central topics of syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and pragmatics, and explores the social and historical background of Portuguese, its development and spread in the world, and related sociolinguistic issues such as dialect variation and language planning. It also includes a chapter on Portuguese in Brazil, where approximately 80% of Portuguese speakers live. Assuming very little prior knowledge of linguistic terminology, Portuguese: A Linguistic Introduction is designed to help intermediate and advanced students of Portuguese understand how the language functions at all levels, and to give students of linguistics a useful starting point for work on the structure of Portuguese. Keeping linguistic theory to a minimum, it focuses on presenting the linguistic facts in a clear and lucid way, providing a useful global overview of the Portuguese language and its surrounding issues.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Peninsula ca tenth century
11
Sounds
24
Words
55
Sentences
99
Portuguese in time
147
The expansion of European Portuguese
182
Brazilian Portuguese
211
Sociolinguistic issues
256
Suggestions for further reading
292
Bibliography
305
lnde
327
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Milton Azevedo is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley.

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