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A Unified Analysis for Subject Topics in Brazilian Portuguese

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In this paper we discuss the phenomenon of subject topics, consisting of the movement of either a genitive or a locative constituent into subject position in Brazilian Portuguese. This construction occurs with different verb classes, shows subject-verb agreement and precludes a resumptive pronoun. The goal of the present text is to account for its distribution. To do so, we argue that the two subclasses of unaccusative verbs found with genitive and locative topics instantiate some sort of secondary predication, and that only specific configurations allow for the movement of a constituent out of the argument structure domain. Finally, we address the comparative issue involved in explaining why the derivation of such a construction is not possible in European Portuguese.

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Andrade, A. & Galves, C., (2014) “A Unified Analysis for Subject Topics in Brazilian Portuguese”, Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 13(1), p.117-147. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.64

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Aroldo de Andrade orcid logo (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, (UNICAMP), Rua Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, 571, Cidade Universitária 13083-859 Campinas, SP, Brazil)
Charlotte Galves (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, (UNICAMP), Rua Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, 571, Cidade Universitária 13083-859 Campinas, SP, Brazil)

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