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Notes on sentential connections (predominantly) in Portuguese


In this article, we discuss a general typology of inter-sentential connections involving an explicit connective, including but no limited to subordination and coordination. In the first section, we briefly describe a proposal on the topic by one of the authors, which is taken as a point of departure. In the following section, we analyse step by step the diverse levels of organization of the connection system, ending in an overall picture and a suggestion of further additions related to hitherto fully or vastly ignored kinds of data. In the third and final section, we focus on the particular kind of connection that involves the notion of (discourse) “explanation”, in order to draw attention to the messy conceptual and descriptive domain it constitutes, particularly in Portuguese linguistics. We aim at demonstrating that a system of well-defined semantic notions, in most cases paralleled by conspicuous syntactic properties, is needed for this and other kinds of connections to be fully understood.

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Peres, J. & Mascarenhas, S., (2005) “Notes on sentential connections (predominantly) in Portuguese”, Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 5(1), p.113-169. doi:







João Andrade Peres (Dept.º de Linguística Geral e Românica, Faculdade de Letras da, Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa, Portugal)
Salvador Mascarenhas (Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), Universiteit van Amsterdam, Plantage Muidergracht 24 1018 TV Amsterdam, The Netherlands)



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