Article published in:Minimalist Essays on Brazilian Portuguese Syntax
Edited by Jairo Nunes
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 142] 2009
► pp. 121–136
Chapter 6. Stress shift as a diagnostics for identifying empty categories in Brazilian Portuguese
In this paper we discuss several constructions with null objects in Brazilian Portuguese (BP), based on Santos’s (2002, 2003) arguments that stress shift in BP is blocked by pro, but not by traces. In particular, we show that stress shift provides evidence for an analysis of PP-chopping relatives in terms of pro (Kato & Nunes, this volume) and that it can also distinguish true null objects from parasitic gaps in BP.
Published online: 15 April 2009
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