Article published in:Minimalist Essays on Brazilian Portuguese Syntax
Edited by Jairo Nunes
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 142] 2009
► pp. 139–160
Chapter 7. The comitative-copular basis of possessive-existential constructions in Brazilian Portuguese
This paper shows that some properties of possessive and existential sentences in Brazilian Portuguese can be properly explained if the possessive-existential verb ter ‘have’ is derived by the combination of the features associated with estar ‘be’ and the features corresponding to the comitative preposition com ‘with’. I will concentrate on the following facts: (i) the thematic parallelism betweenter- and estar com-clauses in possessive and existential domains; (ii) the restrict interpretation of null possessors in ter-constructions; and (iii) the emergence of ter as an existential verb in Brazilian Portuguese, but not in European Portuguese.
Published online: 15 April 2009
Cited by 2 other publications
JON-AND, ANNA, JUANITO ORNELAS DE AVELAR & LAURA ÁLVAREZ LÓPEZ
Ornelas de Avelar, Juanito & Laura Álvarez López
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