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The Portuguese inflected infinitive: an empirical approach

Clara Vanderschueren UGent and Kevin Diependaele UGent (2013) CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY. 9(1). p.161-186
abstract
This paper deals with the seemingly free competition between inflected and uninflected infinitives in Portuguese, a much-debated issue in Portuguese linguistics, which, however, has not been seriously empirically studied before. We specifically focus on Vesterinen’s (2006, 2011) cognitive hypothesis according to which the inflected infinitive is used in cases in which the infinitival subject risks to be less cognitively accessible due to contextual reasons. We investigate this theory by analyzing both corpus and experimental (self-paced reading) data, making use of advanced linear modeling. We show that both types of analysis lead to complementary results: the inflected form primarily eases the processing of sentences with increased complexity. On the basis of these results, we argue that Vesterinen’s accessibility account is but part of the solution for the inflected/non-inflected problem.
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subject
keyword
infinitive, accessibility, inflected infinitive, ENGLISH, Portuguese, COMMUNICATION, MATHEMATICAL-THEORY, ADVERBIAL CLAUSES, corpus analysis, self-paced reading
journal title
CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY
CLLT
volume
9
issue
1
pages
161 - 186
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000320636100005
JCR category
LINGUISTICS
JCR impact factor
1 (2013)
JCR rank
41/169 (2013)
JCR quartile
1 (2013)
ISSN
1613-7027
DOI
10.1515/cllt-2013-0013
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1981728
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1981728
date created
2012-01-10 15:06:56
date last changed
2015-06-17 09:53:47
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  abstract     = {This paper deals with the seemingly free competition between inflected and uninflected infinitives in Portuguese, a much-debated issue in Portuguese linguistics, which, however, has not been seriously empirically studied before. We specifically focus on Vesterinen{\textquoteright}s (2006, 2011) cognitive hypothesis according to which the inflected infinitive is used in cases in which the infinitival subject risks to be less cognitively accessible due to contextual reasons. We investigate this theory by analyzing both corpus and experimental (self-paced reading) data, making use of advanced linear modeling. We show that both types of analysis lead to complementary results: the inflected form primarily eases the processing of sentences with increased complexity. On the basis of these results, we argue that Vesterinen{\textquoteright}s accessibility account is but part of the solution for the inflected/non-inflected problem.},
  author       = {Vanderschueren, Clara and Diependaele, Kevin},
  issn         = {1613-7027},
  journal      = {CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY},
  keyword      = {infinitive,accessibility,inflected infinitive,ENGLISH,Portuguese,COMMUNICATION,MATHEMATICAL-THEORY,ADVERBIAL CLAUSES,corpus analysis,self-paced reading},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {161--186},
  title        = {The Portuguese inflected infinitive: an empirical approach},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2013-0013},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Vanderschueren, Clara, and Kevin Diependaele. 2013. “The Portuguese Inflected Infinitive: An Empirical Approach.” Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 9 (1): 161–186.
APA
Vanderschueren, C., & Diependaele, K. (2013). The Portuguese inflected infinitive: an empirical approach. CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY, 9(1), 161–186.
Vancouver
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Vanderschueren C, Diependaele K. The Portuguese inflected infinitive: an empirical approach. CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY. 2013;9(1):161–86.
MLA
Vanderschueren, Clara, and Kevin Diependaele. “The Portuguese Inflected Infinitive: An Empirical Approach.” CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY 9.1 (2013): 161–186. Print.