Chapter published in:Studies on Variation in Portuguese
Edited by Pilar P. Barbosa, Maria da Conceição de Paiva and Celeste Rodrigues
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 14] 2017
► pp. 322–339
Simple past with pluperfect interpretation
Evidence from Brazilian and European spoken Portuguese
In this chapter, we analyze the variation between simple past and compound pluperfect forms to indicate past-in-the-past in European and Brazilian spoken Portuguese. Comparing data from Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon, we focus on the effect of three variables: verbal person, reference time and type of clause. Using multivariate analysis, we discuss the traditional assumption according to which the simple past with past-in-the-past reference is constrained in the third-person plural. We provide strong evidence that semantic and discursive relations are of utmost importance to the interpretation of simple past as past-in-the-past.
Keywords: variation, function, past-in-the-past, compound pluperfect, simple past
Published online: 02 November 2017
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