LINGUIST List 24.2324

Thu Jun 06 2013

Qs: Future Tenses in Brazilian Portuguese

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 06-Jun-2013
From: Evaldino Canuto de Souza <>
Subject: Future Tenses in Brazilian Portuguese
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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

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science                             Semantics
Subject Language(s): Portuguese (por)

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