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Colonial Brazilian Portuguese: a new research agenda between Classical Portuguese and Modern Brazilian Portuguese

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/1678-460x202153749

Keywords:

classical Portuguese, colonial Brazil, colonial Brazilian Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to propose some elements for creating a new research agenda for the shaping of Modern Brazilian Portuguese during the period of Colonial Brazil. To do so, we advance the hypothesis that there has been a linguistic variety acquired by white Portuguese descendants born in Brazil, intervening between Classical Portuguese - one of the languages found in Colonial Brazil - and the prestigious strand of Modern Brazilian Portuguese. We examine some theoretical and methodological implications for the study of this variety, from a micro comparative syntactic viewpoint. Finally, we propose some research questions, centered on the identification of conservative and innovative features in Modern Brazilian Portuguese from the study of Colonial Brazilian Portuguese.

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Posted

12/09/2021

Section

Linguistic, literature and arts