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Features of Portuguese as a heritage language: Morphosyntax and beyond

Gláucia Silva
Published Online: 2015-08-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2015-0017


This paper reviews findings about linguistic features of Portuguese as a heritage language (PHL) in contact with English and German. The paper reviews some of the issues that have been uncovered in relation to morphosyntatic and sociopragmatic knowledge among heritage speakers of European and Brazilian Portuguese. The paper also discusses a few possible directions for future research in PHL that might shed light on morphosyntactic issues and on whether certain features illustrate examples of attrition or incomplete acquisition.

Keywords: heritage Portuguese; inflected infinitives; anaphoric objects; mood; sociopragmatics


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Published Online: 2015-08-25

Published in Print: 2015-09-01

Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 415–427, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2015-0017.

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