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Comparative Linguistics

The group has been aiming at:
(i) promoting research on leading theoretical issues and conducting analysis of specific linguistic aspects, which may lead to a better understanding of the processes of acquisition, development, variation and change;
(ii) developing comparative, synchronic and diachronic studies on Portuguese and other languages, based on the generative framework;
(iii) forming young researchers, through the integration of students in the groups research program, the offer of post-graduation courses (Master and PhD), and hosting national and foreign post-doc researchers.

In the areas mentioned in (i) and (ii) above, the groups research was planned to continue focusing on the interaction between different linguistic components: the lexicon-syntax-semantics interface and the morphology-syntax interface. The main topics planned for research were the following: constituent orders; adjunction structures; transitive and unaccusative constructions; infinitival constructions (control and restructuring structures); null subjects, pronouns and clitics.
The research on L1 acquisition uses experimental procedures in order to assess children’s comprehension and production of the following structures and phenomena: clitics, verbal inflection, focus strategies, binding and co-reference, A-bar movement.
The research on L2 acquisition, focuses on the study of patterns of errors, distinguishing categorical and individual errors, and strategies of resolution, as well as on the study of youngsters and adults acquiring or learning a second or foreign language.
Medieval Portuguese studies were planned to proceed with linguistic and statistical analyses of data extracted from our Computerized Corpus of Medieval Portuguese (CIPM), the construction of the Dictionary of Verbs, and the conception of a Dictionary of Medieval Portuguese.
The collaboration with a group of researchers in human language technologies was planned to continue, in order to facilitate both the extraction and the morphosyntactic analysis of Medieval Portuguese data.
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