Vol. 2 (2015)

Pragmatic orientation of syntax in spontaneous speech: A corpus-based comparison between Brazilian Portuguese and Italian adverbial clauses

Giulia Bossaglia
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte FAPEMIG - Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais
Published September 8, 2015


Language into Act Theory, syntax, spontaneous speech, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian


This paper reports on the syntax of finite adverbial clauses in spoken Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and Italian (IT), based on C-ORAL-BRASIL and Italian C-ORAL-ROM corpora and founded onLanguage into Act Theory (L-AcT: Cresti 2000). The analysis of adverbial clauses here is mainly focused on the syntax/pragmatics and syntax/information structure interfaces, aiming to show significant differences in the syntax of spoken versus written language.