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A Linguistic Introduction

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  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521805155

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  • This accessible introduction to the linguistic structure of Portuguese looks at its social and historical background. In addition to covering the central topics of syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and pragmatics, it explores the development of the language, the spread of Portuguese in the world, and sociolinguistic issues such as dialect variation and language planning. Keeping linguistic theory to a minimum, the book focuses on presenting linguistic facts within a useful global survey of the language and its issues.

    • A linguistic overview of the language, taking into account its variation in the various places where it is spoken
    • Contains a specific chapter on Brazilian Portuguese, which accounts for about 80% of the speakers of the language
    • Linguistic theory kept to a minimum to facilitate focusing on the facts of the language rather than on theory
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    'An especially strong point for this work as an introductory linguistics text is its clarity and comprehensibility, achieved without 'talking down' to the beginner or excluding more advanced students.' Hispania

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    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521805155
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 maps 48 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Portuguese in the world
    2. The sounds of Portuguese
    3. Words
    4. Sentences
    5. Portuguese in time
    6. The expansion of European Portuguese
    7. Brazilian Portuguese
    8. Sociolinguistic issues.

  • Author

    Milton M. Azevedo, University of California, Berkeley
    Milton Azevedo is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley.

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