Portuguese: A Linguistic Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 13, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 334 pages
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This book provides an accessible introduction to the linguistic structure of Portuguese. As well as covering the central topics of syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and pragmatics, it looks at its social and historical background, exploring the development of the language, the spread of Portuguese in the world, and sociolinguistic issues such as dialect variation and language planning. Keeping linguistic theory to a minimum, it focuses on presenting the linguistic facts in a clear and accessible way, providing a useful global overview of the 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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