Linguistik online 25, 4/05

Zur semantischen Basis der Numerusdistinktion im gesprochenen Portugiesisch Brasiliens

Enrique Huelva Unternbäumen (Brasilia)



This paper examines the semantics of the singular/plural distinction in spoken Brazilian Portuguese. Analysis of real data from this variety of Portuguese shows that: 1) both plural marked NPs and plural unmarked NPs may have a plural reference; 2) the difference in plural marking is determined by semantic differences pertaining to the properties of (types of) plural objects denoted, respectively, by one or other construction.

KEYWORDS: Semantics; Number; Brazilian Portuguese.


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