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




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


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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