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SCHERRE, Maria Marta Pereira; NARO, Anthony Julius  and  CARDOSO, Caroline Rodrigues. The role of verb type in subject/verb agreement in Brazilian Portuguese. DELTA [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.spe, pp. 283-317. ISSN 0102-4450.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-44502007000300012.

In this article we discuss the effect of verb type on subject/verb agreement in Brazilian Portuguese and compare its effect with subject position and animacy. We analyze a sample of 4601 tokens (64 speakers) with verbs categorized along traditional lines (main, linking, and auxiliary) as well with verbs categorized along other traditional and generative lines (transitive, intransitive, linking, auxiliary/modal, and existential). None of the verb-type variables were selected as statistically significant. Subject position and animacy are the variables that reveal significant influence on subject/verb agreement; the only characteristic of the verb chosen is phonetic salience of the singular/plural opposition.

Keywords : subject/verb agreement; type of verb; subject position and animacy; phonetic salience.

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