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Query Details

Query Subject:   Future Tenses in Brazilian Portuguese
Author:   Evaldino Canuto de Souza
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Semantics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s):  Portuguese

Query:   I am a brazilian professor of EFL at present investigating the following linguistic phenomenon:

Before sentences in English expressed using the simple future ( future with ‘will’) is possible the following variants of the future tense in Portuguese: a) Simple Future ; b) Periphrastic Future with IR + Infinitive.

For example:

In English:

Simple Future (Future with ‘WILL’)
[…] we will transform our schools…

“For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. … And WE WILL TRANSFORM OUR SCHOOLS and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.”

In Portuguese:

Simple Future
[...] nós transformaremos nossas escolas...

Periphrastic Future with IRpresent + Infinitive
[...] nós vamos transformar nossas escolas...

Periphrastic Future with IRfuture + Infinitive
[…] nós iremos transformar nossas escolas...

From the perspective of the cognitive linguistics and towards Gilles Fauconnier's mental spaces theory: How to represent the different cognitive configurations reflected in the options of Brazilian translators? Which semantic and pragmatic aspects may be evolved and influencing in their options? Which different semantic interpretations may be considered according to their options?

My best regards,

Evaldino Canuto de Souza
Professor at State University of Maranhão, Caxias, Brazil.
Professor at State University of Piauí, Teresina, Brazil
LL Issue: 24.2324
Date posted: 06-Jun-2013


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