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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Graus de especialização semântica em espanhol em português
Author: Graça Rio-Torto
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Institution: Universidade de Coimbra
Author: Susana Nunes
Institution: Universidade de Coimbra
Linguistic Field: Morphology
Subject Language: Portuguese
Abstract: Este estudo visa:

(i) Comparar as áreas temáticas do espanhol e do português em que, nos anos 1990-2004, mais se faz sentir a presença dos prefixos de localização temporal PRE- (pre- esp. e pré- port) e POST- (pos- esp. e pós- port.).

(ii) Ponderar em que medida estes prefixos, que denotam semantismos fundamentais e universais da linguagem, pois envolvem localização na dimensão essencial do tempo, podem ser ou não considerados agentes de especialização acrescida relativamente às realidades denotadas pelas bases com que se combinam.

(iii) Analisar que tipos de conteúdo semântico estes prefixos veiculam, qual o grau de especialização informativa destes face a outras unidades afixais, e em que circunstâncias têm lugar significações mais e menos especializadas denotacionalmente.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Actas do IV Coloquio Internacional sobre la Historia de los Lenguajes Iberorrománicos de Especialidad (Universidade de Salzburg, 16-20 Maio 2007).

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