The expressibility of modality in representational complement clauses in Brazilian Portuguese

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  • Sandra D. Gasparini Bastos UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista/São José do Rio Preto - SP
  • Vânia C. Casseb Galvão UFG - Universidade Federal de Goiás/Goiânia - GO
  • Sebastião Carlos L. Gonçalves UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista/São José do Rio Preto - SP
  • Marize M. Dalli'Aglio Hattnher UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista/São José do Rio Preto - SP
  • Kess Hengeveld UvA - Universiteit van Amsterdam/Amsterdam - The Netherlands
  • Gisele Cássia de Sousa UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista/São José do Rio Preto - SP
  • Valéria Vendrame UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista/São José do Rio Preto - SP

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Complement clauses, Representational level, Modality, Operator, Modifier,

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This paper deals with the (im)possibility of expressing a variety of modal categories within the context of the layering approach to complementation in Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG).Our hypothesis is that modal expressions in complement clauses only pertain to operator or modifier classes of the highest layer relevant for that type of embedded construction and for all lower levels. In order to test this hypothesis, occurrences of complement clauses in two databases of spoken Brazilian Portuguese are analyzed. The investigation of this hypothesis is restricted to representational complement clauses.

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19/05/2009

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